تاسیسات آلمانی و فتوولتائیک توزیع شده : چگونگی غلبه بر موانع نوآوری در مدل کسب و کار
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|7858||2013||11 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||10445 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Renewable Energy, Volume 55, July 2013, Pages 456–466
The transformation of the energy industry towards a more sustainable production of electricity increases the importance of distributed generation from renewable sources such as solar photovoltaic (PV). German utilities have largely failed to benefit from this development and lost 97% of the distributed PV generation market to investors from outside the electric power industry. Recent studies indicate that utilities have to react to prevent revenue erosion and loss of profits. This study identifies threats and opportunities of distributed PV generation for utilities based on a series of interviews with German utility managers. The key finding is that utilities do not perceive distributed PV as a threat to their current business models nor do they see it as a potential market for them. Relating these findings to the existing literature on transformation processes in other industries leads to the conclusion that the solution for utilities lies in changing their perspective on distributed PV. Utilities could greatly benefit if they did not treat PV as just another source of electricity generation in competition with traditional sources (as they do today), but as a strategic gateway into the emerging distributed generation and service market. Distributed PV could function as a basis for further business model innovation in new growth markets such as energy efficiency and distributed storage. Specific recommendations are provided and a modular value proposition is suggested to help utilities to turn distributed PV from a threat into an attractive business opportunity.
Distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) has become a noticeable source of electricity generation in Germany, providing 5.3% of the country's electricity in the first half of 2012 . By the end of 2011, the country had an installed PV capacity of some 25,000 MW, of which more than 80% is installed on buildings  and . In the German state of Bavaria, for example, 200,000 out of 2,300,000 electricity users own and operate a distributed PV system . This means that 8.5% of electricity consumers in that region have become independent power producers. If this trend continues, it may well become a problem for the established utilities. Utilities are by far the largest group of actors in the German electricity market, controlling about 80% of the country's generation capacity. Recent studies on utilities' business models find that the increasing share of distributed PV is a threat to the utilities' current business models , , , ,  and . It is argued that increased electricity generation by private individuals leads to a decreasing demand for electricity from the utilities and, consequently, an erosion of their revenues ,  and . There is consensus among authors that utilities need to react and adapt their business models to the current challenges. To date, however, it is far from clear what successful future utility business models for distributed PV could look like  and . It is important to better understand the role of the utilities in the energy transition for various reasons. From the utility perspective, the increasing share of distributed PV may become a strategic challenge that has to be met. From a societal perspective, the behavior of the utilities will be decisive for the success of the energy transition. Research must therefore answer the question of what barriers to business model innovation do German utilities face in the field of distributed PV generation and how these barriers can be overcome? The present study identifies opportunities and threats of distributed PV from the perspective of the utilities. Moreover, it reveals utilities' barriers to business model innovation in the field of distributed PV. The results were derived from a series of interviews with German utility managers. A key finding is that the managers are – on average – not very excited about distributed PV generation: they do not perceive it as a threat to their utilities' current business model, nor do they see it as a new business opportunity for their companies. This result contradicts the conclusions of recent studies on utilities' business models. It thus raises the question whether researchers are overestimating the importance of distributed PV or whether the utilities are underestimating the threat to their business model. The existing literature on disruptive technologies and transition processes in other industries indicates that neglecting emerging technologies such as PV could harm the utilities in the long run  and . The conclusion of this study is that the solution for utilities lies in changing their perspective on distributed PV. Utilities could greatly benefit if they did not treat distributed PV generation as merely another source of electricity generation in competition with traditional sources (as they do today), but as a strategic gateway into the emerging distributed generation and service market. Accordant specific recommendations are provided and a modular value proposition is suggested. The study is organized as follows. Section 2 provides some background to the topic and reviews the different strands of the published literature, thus laying the ground for the analytical and theoretical framework of this study. Section 3 describes the methodology and the data sources. Section 4 displays the results of the in-depth interviews with German utility managers, and discusses them in Section 5. Section 6, finally, gives a brief summary and points out some directions for future research.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
This paper investigated the opportunities and threats of distributed PV for German utilities, as well as the utilities' inherent barriers to business model innovation in this field. It was found that in contrast to recent studies most of the utility managers interviewed did neither perceive distributed PV generation as a threat to their utility's current business model nor did they see distributed PV generation as a potential future market. Four main barriers to utilities' business model innovation for distributed PV were identified. Relating these findings to the existing literature showed that similar problems have occurred in other industry transformation processes as well. This fact allowed to learn from prior experiences and derive recommendations how to overcome the barriers to business model innovation. A first step could be the creation of separate units for distributed PV generation and related services. In addition, a stronger emphasis on external partnerships could help to build up know-how in these fields. Moreover four specific recommendations are provided for the four pillars of the business model. The main conclusion of this study is that utilities could greatly benefit from changing their perspective on distributed PV. When seen as no more than just another source of electricity production, PV is far from being cost competitive to other technologies. Seen as a strategic gateway into a new distributed electricity generation and service market, however, distributed PV unfolds a new strategic value for utilities. It could become the first module of a more distributed and sustainable utility value proposition and be the first step into promising future growth markets for utilities. Following the path of consequently expanding the value proposition module by module could, in the end, allow utilities to earn higher revenues per customer as they do today. It becomes clear that improving their business model innovation capabilities would allow utilities to adapt to the new realities much quicker and more successfully. Business model innovation needs to be used as a strategic tool for the development of new organizational forms for the creation, delivery, and capture of value from distributed PV.