An Endangered Species?
Many markets, including the travel, music, and book markets, are undergoing
dramatic changes due do the development of electronic commerce. Reseller
margins often decrease significantly and sometimes even entire links in
the supply chain are becoming completely superfluous.
Even though power markets have been deregulated already for some years
in many countries, electronic commerce has not yet had a major impact
on the business logic. This paper presents some of the major obstacles
to electronic power trade, and presents promising solutions to these obstacles.
In particular it is described how software agent mediated trade may enable
medium and small size consumers and producers to trade directly from power
pools, without the need of traditional energy resellers.
The conclusion that is there are good reasons to believe that energy
resellers are as threatened in the new information era as, e.g., travel
agencies, and music and book-shops are.
- Version 2.0, May 25, 1999, in PDF Format.
- Version 1.0, April 19, 1999, in PDF Format.
(This version was submitted to a workshop April 9, 1999.)