The Virtual Utility: Accounting, Technology & Competitive Aspects of the Emerging Industry

Overview

The virtual utility (VU) is a flexible collaboration of independent, market-driven entities that provide efficient energy service demanded by consumers without necessarily owning the corresponding assets. The VU becomes a metaphor for lean, flexible electricity production/delivery and flexible, customer-oriented energy service provision.
Experience in manufacturing suggests that traditional engineering and accounting-based approaches to valuing radical innovations such as the ...
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Overview

The virtual utility (VU) is a flexible collaboration of independent, market-driven entities that provide efficient energy service demanded by consumers without necessarily owning the corresponding assets. The VU becomes a metaphor for lean, flexible electricity production/delivery and flexible, customer-oriented energy service provision.
Experience in manufacturing suggests that traditional engineering and accounting-based approaches to valuing radical innovations such as the VU are limited in that they fail to consider the full spectrum of benefits that new technologies may yield when fully exploited in a new production process. The purpose of this book is to identify new areas of research by presenting new academic and practitioner research intended to further our understanding of the strategic, technologically-driven issues confronting the electricity production/distribution process.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461378273
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 10/28/2012
  • Series: Topics in Regulatory Economics and Policy Series , #26
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1997
  • Pages: 409
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction. Editors' Introduction and Reader's Guide to This Book; S. Awerbuch. Part II: Historic and Strategic Perspective: From Monopoly Service to Virtual Utility. Consensus, Confrontation and Control in the American Electric Utility System; R. Hirsh. The Virtual Utility: Strategic and Managerial Perspectives; A. Vesey. Being Virtual: Beyond Restructuring and How We Get There; K. Rabago. Part III: The Virtual Utility: Planning and Strategic Investment Analysis. The Virtual Utility: Some Introductory Thoughts on Accounting, Learning and the Valuation of Radical Innovation; S. Awerbuch. Justifying Capital Investments in the Emerging Electric Utility: Accounting for an Uncertain and Changing Industry Structure; R. Aggarwal. Part IV: Risk Management, Options and Contracting for a Virtual Utility. Integrating Financial and Physical Contracting in Electric Power Markets; P. Kleindorfer. Capacity Prices in a Competitive Power Market; F. Graves, J. Read. Managing Risk Using Renewable Energy Technologies; T. Hoff. Part V: Industrial Organization, Technological Change and Strategic Response to Deregulation. Monopoly and Antitrust Policies in Network-Based Markets such as Electricity; W. Shepherd. Services in an Unbundled and Open Electric Services Marketplace; S. Oren. Technological Change and the Electric Power Industry: Insights from Telecommunications; B. Mitchell, P. Spinney. Part VI: Network Architecture and Standardization. Interconnected System Operations and Expansion Planning in a Changing Industry: Coordination vs. Competition; M. Ilic, et al. Rules of the Road and Electric Traffic Controllers: Making a Virtual Utility Feasible; F. Alvarado. Part VII: From Monopoly Services to Virtual Utility. The Future Structure of the North American Utility Industry; N. Nohria, et al. Part VIII: Perspectives. The Bottom Line: A Summary and Analysis of the Virtual Utility Conference; L. Hyman. The Virtual Utility and Environmental Stewardship; C. Weinberg.
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