Title: The strategic activities of electricity network operators within changing electricity distribution industry

Authors: Anna Bradd, Jukka-Pekka Bergman, Ari Jantunen, Juha-Matti Saksa, Satu Viljainen, Jarmo Partanen

Addresses: Department of Electrical Engineering, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland. ' Lappeenranta Innovation, Finland. ' Department of Business Administration, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland. ' Department of Business Administration, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland. ' Department of Electrical Engineering, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland. ' Department of Electrical Engineering, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland

Abstract: The electricity network business is facing new challenges due to deregulation and market changes, customer requirements, while at the same time current service markets are advancing. New, optimised business models are required to support the development of business processes, and there is a need to determine the core businesses for electrical utilities in order to know the direction into which the resources and capabilities in the organisations shall further be developed. In this paper, we examine the changing business environment of electrical utilities and assess the future challenges for the network operation business processes of electric utilities and service providers.

Keywords: electricity distribution; network operation; strategic activities; electrical utilities; service providers; business models.

DOI: 10.1504/IJETP.2008.019957

International Journal of Energy Technology and Policy, 2008 Vol.6 No.4, pp.395 - 412

Available online: 18 Aug 2008

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