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The Relevance Of The Cooperative Model In The Field Of Renewable Energy


  • Benjamin HUYBRECHTS
  • Sybille MERTENS


type="main" xml:lang="de"> Tandis que les coopératives “traditionnelles” opérant dans les secteurs établis tels que la finance, l'agriculture ou la grande distribution ont fait l'objet d'une littérature abondante, de nombreuses pistes de recherche restent à explorer quant aux raisons et aux conditions de l'émergence de coopératives soit dans des secteurs où elles sont relativement absentes (tels que la santé et les services), soit dans des nouveaux secteurs ou sous-secteurs (par exemple la microfinance, le commerce équitable ou, dans le cas de cet article, les énergies renouvelables). Ce d'autant plus que les “nouvelles” coopératives tendent à se distinguer des modèles établis à travers par exemple l'implication de parties prenantes multiples (plutôt qu'un acteur dominant tel que les producteurs, les consommateurs ou les travailleurs) ou l'orientation plus marquée vers l'intérêt général (au-delà de l'intérêt mutuel comme force motrice de nombreuses coopératives). Dans cet article, nous analysons l'émergence de coopératives dans le secteur des énergies renouvelables. Ce développement coopératif a suscité un enthousiasme important auprès de différentes parties prenantes mais a également suscité des questionnements par rapport à la viabilité et le potentiel de diffusion du modèle coopératif. D'un côté, les atouts du modèle coopératif permettent de comprendre pourquoi cette forme a été adoptée par de nombreux groupes de citoyens et s'est développée, bien qu'à des rythmes différents, dans de nombreux pays. D'un autre côté, les limites du modèle éclairent le développement inégal et fragile dû à des obstacles divers.

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  • Benjamin HUYBRECHTS & Sybille MERTENS, 2014. "The Relevance Of The Cooperative Model In The Field Of Renewable Energy," Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 85(2), pages 193-212, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:annpce:v:85:y:2014:i:2:p:193-212

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