Designing a just business model for citizen-owned energy cooperatives

MSc. Thesis by Chia Yu Lin

A way for residents to actively participate within the energy transition is through energy cooperatives. However, understanding the needs of vulnerable groups and their participation within energy cooperatives is still a challenging task. Hence, the central research question emerges: “How might we build a just business model for energy cooperatives?” To address this question, three critical theories were combined: energy justice, business model innovation and cooperative design. Following the field research and design phase, “a handbook of energy justice for energy cooperatives” is created. This handbook serves as an entry point for energy cooperatives to comprehend energy justice and its implications for their business models.

Source: TU Delft