ELECTRICAL ENERGY LOSSES IN THE DISTRIBUTION NETWORK
Keywords:distribution network, distribution system operator, electrical energy losses, nontechnical losses, technical losses
Losses of electrical energy in the Croatian distribution network are frequently the subject of various discussions, from the professional and business aspects as well as in the media, and their analysis is an intricate matter complicated by the problem of the distinction between technical and nontechnical losses. In the article, the main factors and their impact on the amount of loss are described, with particular attention to trends in the past and current decade and comparison to losses in other European countries. Moreover, the chief activities for reducing these losses effectively are described. With the new legislative framework, the reduction of losses becomes a central concern for both the distribution system operator and the Croatian Energy Regulatory Agency (CERA).