© 1993

Service Opportunities for Electric Utilities: Creating Differentiated Products

  • Shmuel S. Oren
  • Stephen A. Smith

Part of the Topics in Regulatory Economics and Policy Series book series (TREP, volume 13)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Introduction

    1. Hung-po Chao, Riaz Siddiqi
      Pages 1-6
  3. Theoretical Foundations for Service Design

    1. Robert Wilson
      Pages 7-29
    2. Bahman Daryanian, Richard D. Tabors, Roger E. Bohn
      Pages 31-67
  4. Understanding the Customer’s Needs

    1. Douglas W. Caves, J. David Glyer
      Pages 69-85
    2. John H. Chamberlin, Kenneth A. Jensen
      Pages 87-105
    3. Gregory L. Hamm, Steven R. Sim
      Pages 107-120
  5. Supply Side Considerations

    1. Fernando L. Alvarado
      Pages 121-146
    2. R. John Kaye, Felix F. Wu, Pravin P. Varaiya
      Pages 147-168
  6. Role of Enabling Technologies

  7. Utility Experience with Product Differentiation

    1. Dennis M. Keane, Michael J. Sullivan
      Pages 237-261
  8. Experience from Other Industries

    1. A. L. Kolbe, R. W. Hodges
      Pages 295-325
  9. Regulatory Perspective

About this book


This monograph is the proceedings of a symposium held at the University of California at Berkeley, September 12-14, 1990. It was sponsored by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPR!) and by the University of California University-Wide Energy Research Group (UERG). The sympo­ sium brought together researchers and practitioners from academia, the utility industry, private and public organizations and regulatory agencies to address various challenges and opportunities related to product differen­ tiation in the electric power industry. Electric utilities are evolving rapidly from commodity-oriented services to product-oriented services. Utilities are offering menus of service options tailored to the needs of different customers. Reliability is one important dimension of electric service that lends itself to such product differentia­ tion., Options include lower rate curtail able services for industrial cus­ tomers, higher reliability power for some commercial customers, and load control with rebates for residential customers., These specialized services are a first step toward the product differentiation goal of allowing all customers to choose the type of service best suited to their electricity needs. The symposium provided a forum for in depth examination of the complex planning, development, and implementation issues associated with differ­ entiated products. Its specific objectives were to: xviii • Review the state of the art in implementing reliability differ­ entiated electric services. • Address the entire process for developing and implementing reliability differentiated product menus including research, design, marketing, implementation, and evaluation. • Consider technical, economic, and regulatory barriers to imple­ menting reliability differentiated product design.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Shmuel S. Oren
    • 1
  • Stephen A. Smith
    • 2
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.Santa Clara UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Service Opportunities for Electric Utilities: Creating Differentiated Products
  • Editors Shmuel S. Oren
    Stephen A. Smith
  • Series Title Topics in Regulatory Economics and Policy Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-9319-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4613-6374-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4615-3140-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 330
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Industrial Organization
    Public Economics
    Operations Research/Decision Theory
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