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Electricity security and contingency planning in hierarchy and network - examples from Sweden
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7694-7397
2009 (English)In: Energy Policy: Economic Effects, Security Aspects and Environmental Issues, New York: Nova Science Publisher , 2009, 225-238 p.Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

This article discusses the emergency management strategies of municipal authorities for securing the electricity supply, according to a networked, or “governance”, control and direction structure, and how this influences the relationship between electricity companies and Swedish municipalities. The article also discusses the role how the households during outages, how they perceive their responsibility during an outage, but also how municipalities and grid companies understand the households’ responsibility. Since electricity market deregulation, the responsibility for electricity supply security has become unclear; field studies of Swedish municipalities indicate that all actors still seem to be seeking to find their proper roles in the deregulated market. Municipalities still expect to exercise influence over private energy company decisions regarding prioritization of emergency power deliveries. Energy companies vacillate between emphasizing their need to regard economic factors and their sense of responsibility for providing a secure electricity supply to vital municipal functions (even though municipalities may lack contracts specifying this). The households’ responsibility for being prepared for an outage was fuzzy for the actors. Both municipalities and grid companies expected the customers to have some preparedness. The household meant that they lacked any responsibility to be prepared for an outage even if they need to be prepared to survive.

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New York: Nova Science Publisher , 2009. 225-238 p.
Keyword [en]
emergency management, electricity supply, governance, black out, outages, households, municipalities, grid company
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-21164ISBN: 978-1-60692-894-3OAI: diva2:240784
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Available from: 2009-09-29 Created: 2009-09-29 Last updated: 2014-10-08

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