Narratives of energy incumbents - Unravelling perspectives on municipal electric utilities
Three narratives are explored through a synthesis of two qualitative case studies of Swedish electric utilities’ engagement with solar photovoltaics. The thesis is organized along two core questions: how electric utilities engage with this emerging technology at the level of business models and collaborations, and why they choose to engage in certain ways, investigating internal and external drivers. The findings show that most electric utilities engage with solar photovoltaics through a variety of business models and collaborations, depending on a combination of firm-internal factors (i.e., organizational goals, business logics, and resources) and external factors (i.e., the task environment, the institutional environment, and the industry regime).
The study illustrates the need for extending dominant narratives, as it shows that electric utility incumbents can support niche innovations, display niche and regime characteristics simultaneously, and react heterogeneously to similar external pressures. As a result, this thesis contributes to pluralizing incumbencies within sustainability transitions.
business model choice
Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Environmental Systems Analysis
Solar business model adoption by energy incumbents: the importance of strategic fit
Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions,; Vol. 40(2021)p. 501-520
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift
Altunay M., Bergek A., Interaction between energy incumbents and solar entrants: Relationship status complicated
Elhandelsbolagen och solelens spridning: strategier och kritiska avvägningar
Energimyndigheten (2018-003170), 2019-01-01 -- 2020-12-31.
Övrig annan teknik
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Opponent: Eeva-Lotta Apajalahti, forskarassistent, LUT University