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Transition and disruption of utility business and service models: Technology, economic and policy drivers in the electric power sector

By: , Posted on: July 24, 2020

About the series

This book series provides a platform for the dissemination of original cutting-edge research in the electric sector focusing on the main drivers of change. The series considers technological advancements and new business and service models that are emerging across the utility value chain from generation to the customers’ meters and beyond.

The series explores how the traditional functions provided by incumbents are being disrupted by new players and how policymakers and regulators can contribute to shaping the sector’s evolution, as renewable energy resources, new digital technologies and emerging business models transition the industry towards a decarbonized and more decentralized future.


Key features and topics

The series covers the latest drivers of change, technological advancements and new business models including:

  • Distributed generation, storage, self-reliant systems, electrified transport, heating and cooling
    • Vehicle to grid and self-driving cars
    • Micro-grids and self-reliant energy communities
  • New digital technologies that monitor and control retail-size assets in front and behind the meter
    • Internet of Things and energy management systems
    • Big data and data analytics
    • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
    • Applications of distributed ledger technologies
  • Customer stratification enabled by digitalization and AI
    • Consumer behavior and response to innovative pricing
    • Divergence of preferences for customized energy services
    • Demand response (DR) and flexible demand
  • Innovative business models for a world of distributed zero marginal energy costs and customized services
    • Retailers and aggregators of distributed energy resources (DERs)
    • Markets for local flexibility and flexibility services
    • Peer-to-peer (P2P) trading, transactive energy and virtual power plants
  • Policy and regulation affecting consumers, prosumers and prosumagers
    • Alternative market designs with variable renewable generation and flexible demand including “two-sided” markets and markets for flexibility
    • Distribution regulation, grid modernization and “non-wire” solutions
    • Innovative network regulation to foster service innovation
    • New forms of customer protection in the age of differentiated customers, accelerated technological change and data surveillance


Senior Editor

Fereidoon Sioshansi, Menlo Energy Economics, San Francisco, CA, USA


Book Series Editorial Advisory Board

Amela Ajanovic, Energy Economics Group, TU WIEN, Vienna, Austria

Hiroshi Asano, Associate VP, Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry, Tokyo, Japan

Luiz Augusto Barroso, PSR Energy Consulting and Analytics, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Julian Barquin, Regulatory Affairs, Endesa (Enel Group), Madrid, Spain

Dierk Bauknecht, Senior Researcher, Oeko-Institute, Freiburg, Germany

Darryl Biggar, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Canberra, Australia

Isaac Dyner, Dean of Natural Sciences and Engineering, Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Bogotá, Colombia

Frank A. Felder, Director, Rutgers Energy Institute, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

Jean-Michel Glachant, Director, Florence School of Regulation, Florence, Italy

Richard Hochstetler, Head of Economic and Regulatory Studies, Instituto Acende Brasil

São Paulo, Brazil

Kevin B. Jones, Director, Institute for Energy and the Environment, Vermont Law School, VT, USA

Sabine Löbbe, Reutlingen University, Reutlingen, Germany

Reinhard Madlener, Professor and Co-Director E.ON ERC, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany

Johannes Mayer, Director Competition and Regulation, E-Control, Vienna, Austria

Bruce Mountain, Director, Victoria Energy Policy Centre, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

Tim Nelson, EGM, Infigen and Associate Professor, Griffith University, Sydney, Australia

David Robinson, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, Oxford, UK

Nicolò Rossetto, Research associate, Florence School of Regulation, Florence, Italy

Jesse Scott, International Senior Advisor, Agora Energiewende, Berlin, Germany


If you are interested in writing or editing a new volume with in the series, please contact Senior Acquisition Editor Graham Nisbet at

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