M. (Mohammad) Ansarin MSc

Mohammad Ansarin
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
ERIM PhD Candidate
Field: Logistics & Information Systems
Affiliated since 2015

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My current research is about tariff designs in the renewable energy era. Renewables continue to expand in many regions of the world, much of it at a local (distribution grid) level. Here, households or communities install local generation resources to meet some of their electricity needs. Yet many energy retailers stick to conventional tariff designs based on assumptions that are sometimes no longer accurate. We study the implications of using these tariffs and alternative designs on fairness within a subscribing population. This would clarify the consequences of increasing renewables on multiple stakeholders in the electricity retail space.


I have also conducted agent-based modeling research based on the Power Trading Agent Competition. Power TAC is an agent-based competitive simulation of the electricity grid (more info at powertac.org). The goal is to understand the effects of policy and market designs on outcomes for various stakeholders. We analyzed some of the simulation's design choices for the wholesale electricity market and the balancing market and formulated some recommendations for design that is both computationally tractable and realistically acceptable.


I also co-teach the Designing Business Applications course, part of the Business Information Management MSc program (together with Dr. Yashar Ghiassi-Farrokhfal). I have previously taught the Next Generation Business Applications course from the same program. I regularly coach and co-read MSc theses. I have been a member of the RSM Faculty council since September 2017.

PhD Track The Economic Consequences of Electricity Pricing in the Renewable Energy Era

Policymakers create incentive schemes to encourage uptake of distributed renewable energy resources (D-RES) by smaller electricity users to replace some pollutant generation. These incentives sometimes conflict with the existing economic relationships between retailers and consumers. The tariffs defining these relationships are designed on certain principles, of which equity and economic efficiency are directly impacted by high D-RES growth. This thesis details the influence of growing D-RES on the equity and economic efficiency of electricity tariffs. First, a map of the research into equity is provided in Chapter 2. In Chapter 3, the thesis investigates and separates the role of metering infrastructure and tariffs in creating inequities within household populations. Chapter 4 investigates how growing D-RES installations impacts the efficiency and equity of multiple tariffs. Chapter 5 complements this study by describing the economic inefficiencies of D-RES remuneration, which cause over- or under-installations of D-RES. Newer time-based pricing schemes are necessary to prevent high (and probably undesirable) inefficiency and inequity within and between household populations. Installing smart meters is a prerequisite for these tariffs. Using extra meters at the generation resource simplify paying for D-RES generation, but the improvements for inequity are comparatively small. This thesis provides insights for businesses and policymakers in the energy industry, particularly those involved with D-RES.

Electricity tariffs, tariff design, renewable energy, equity, economic efficiency, smart meters, energy, subsidies, solar panels
Time frame
2015 -


  • Academic (1)
    • Ansarin, M., Ghiassi-Farrokhfal, Y., Ketter, W., & Collins, J. (2018). Cross-subsidies in Energy Co-operative Tariff Designs.

  • Academic (3)
    • Fretzen, U., Ansarin, M., & Brandt, T. (2021). Temporal city-scale matching of solar photovoltaic generation and electric vehicle charging. Applied Energy, 282, [116160]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2020.116160

    • Ansarin, M., Ghiassi-Farrokhfal, Y., Ketter, W., & Collins, J. (2020). The Economic Consequences of Electricity Tariff Design in a Renewable Energy Era. Applied Energy, 275, [115317]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2020.115317

    • Ansarin, M., Ghiassi-Farrokhfal, Y., Ketter, W., & Collins, J. (2020). Cross-subsidies among residential electricity prosumers from tariff design and metering infrastructure. Energy Policy, 145. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2020.111736

  • Academic (7)
    • Ansarin, M. M., Ghiassi-Farrokhfal, Y. Y., Ketter, W. W., & Collins, J. (2020). Economic Inefficiencies of Distributed Generation under Novel Tariff Designs. In International Conference on Applied Energy

    • Ansarin, M., Ghiassi-Farrokhfal, Y., Ketter, W., & Collins, J. J. M. . (2019). Increasing Renewables In Energy Cooperatives Leads To Higher Cross-Subsidies, Depending On Tariff. In 42nd IAEE Conference (International Association for Energy Economics)

    • Ansarin, M., Ghiassi-Farrokhfal, Y., Ketter, W., & Collins, J. (2017). Cross-subsidies in Energy Cooperative Tariff Designs. In Workshop on Information Technology & Systems (WITS)

    • Ansarin, M., Ghiassi-Farrokhfal, Y., Ketter, W., & Collins, J. (2016). A cooperative aggregation model for pricing residential energy users with renewable energy sources. In Workshop on Information Technology and Systems

    • Ansarin, M., Ketter, W., & Collins, J. (2016). Analyzing and improving the energy balancing market in the Power Trading Agent Competition. In IEEE Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Europe (pp. 1) https://doi.org/10.1109/ISGTEurope.2016.7856197

    • Ansarin, M., Ketter, W., & Collins, J. (2016). Dynamic peak demand pricing under uncertainty in an agent-based retail energy market. In International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, AMEC/TADA Workshop

    • Ansarin, M., Ghiassi-Farrokhfal, Y., Collins, J., & Ketter, W. (2016). A Demand Response Model for Residential Energy Cooperatives with Distributed Generation. In Workshop on Information Technology and Systems (WITS)



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