Tag Archives: M. Pollitt

EP 03

Toru Hattori, Tooraj Jamasb, Michael G Pollitt A comparison of UK and Japanese electricity distribution performance 1985-1998: lessons for incentive regulation EP 03  | Non-Technical Summary | PDF Abstract: International comparisons can be used to study relative efficiency of decision-making units in an industry in a wider context. In particular, cross-country comparisons can, help regulators of… Read more

EPRG 0819

John Kwoka, Sanem Ozturk, Michael G Pollitt Divestiture Policy and Operating Efficiency in US Electric Power Distribution EPRG 0819 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Also published in: Kwoka, J., Pollitt, M. and Sergici, S. (2010) “Divestiture Policy and Operating Efficiency in U.S. Electric Power Distribution”, Journal of Regulatory Economics, Vol. 38 (1), pp.86-109 Abstract: This study… Read more

EPRG 0817

Paul Nillesen, Michael Pollitt Using regulatory benchmarking techniques to set company performance targets: the case of US electricity EPRG 0817 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Also published in: Nillesen, P. and Pollitt, M. (2010), “Using Regulatory Benchmarking Techniques to Set Company Performance Targets: the Case of US Electricity”, Competition and Regulation in Network Industries 1 Abstract:… Read more

EPRG 0811

Michael Pollitt The Future of Electricity (and Gas) Regulation EPRG 0811 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Also published in: Pollitt, M. (2008), “The Future of Electricity (and Gas) Regulation in a Low-carbon Policy World”, The Energy Journal 29 (Special Issue 2) Abstract: This paper discusses whether a new paradigm is necessary for independent economic regulation of… Read more

EPRG 0806

Tooraj Jamasb, Michael Pollitt, Thomas Triebs Productivity and Efficiency of US Gas Transmission Companies: A European Regulatory Perspective EPRG 0806 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Also published in: Jamasb, T., Pollitt, M. and Triebs, T. (2008), “Productivity and Efficiency of US Gas Transmission Companies: A European Regulatory Perspective”, Energy Policy 36(9) Abstract: On both sides of the… Read more

EPRG 0805

Christian Wolf, Michael Pollitt Privatising national oil companies: Assessing the impact on firm performance EPRG 0805 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Abstract: This study empirically investigates the impact of privatisation on firm performance in the global oil and gas industry, where questions of resource control have regained widespread attention. Using a dataset of 60 public share… Read more

EPRG 0929

Michael G.Pollitt Electricity Liberalisation in the European Union: A Progress Report EPRG 0929 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Also published in: Pollitt, M.G. (2009),”Electricity Liberalisation in the European Union: A Progress Report”, Mercato Concorrenza Regole 3/2009, pp.497-523 Abstract: It is around 5 years since my colleague, Tooraj Jamasb, and I reviewed the EU’s progress with electricity… Read more

EPRG 0928

Aoife Brophy Haney, Ian W.Jones and Michael G. Pollitt UK retailers and climate change: The role of partnership in climate strategies EPRG 0928 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Abstract: More and more companies in the UK are developing strategies to address the challenges of climate change. We focus on the UK retail sector and explore the… Read more

EPRG 0925

Scott Kelly and Michael Pollitt Making Combined Heat and Power District Heating (CHP-DH) Networks in the United Kingdom Economically Viable: A Comparative Approach EPRG 0925 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Abstract: As global fuel reserves are depleted, alternative and more efficient forms of energy generation and delivery will be required. Combined Heat and Power with District… Read more

EPRG 0915

Aoife Brophy Haney and Michael Pollitt Efficiency Analysis of Energy Networks: An International Survey of Regulators EPRG 0915 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Also published in: Haney, A. B. and Pollitt, M. (2009), Efficiency Analysis of Energy Networks: An International Survey of Regulators, Energy Policy 37(12) Abstract:  Incentive regulation for networks has been an important part… Read more

EPRG 0914

Michael Pollitt Does Electricity (and Heat) Network Regulation have anything to learn from Fixed Line Telecoms Regulation? EPRG 0914 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Also published in: Pollitt, M. (2010), “Does Electricity (and Heat) Network Regulation have anything to learn from Fixed Line Telecoms Regulation?”, Energy Policy 38(3) Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to… Read more

EPRG 0910

Michael G. Pollitt and Jon Stern Human Resource Constraints for Electricity Regulation in Developing Countries:  Has Anything Changed? EPRG0910 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Abstract: We provide strong evidence that there are significant human resource constraints which limit the scale and, hence, the scope and potential effectiveness of electricity/energy regulatory agencies in developing countries. We summarise the… Read more

EPRG 0905

Christian Wolf and Michael G. Pollitt The Welfare Implications of Oil Privatisation: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Norway’s Statoil EPRG 0905 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Abstract: The oil industry is of great economic significance to many countries, and privatisations of National Oil Companies (NOCs) have often been controversial, as have been the benefits from privatisation more… Read more

EPRG 0903

Aoife Brophy Haney, Tooraj Jamasb and Michael G. Pollitt Smart Metering and Electricity Demand: Technology, Economics and International Experience EPRG 0903 Non-Technical Summary | PDF Also published in: Brophy Haney, A, Jamasb, T & Pollitt, M, “Smart Metering and Electricity Demand: Technology, Economics and International Experience”, TU Berlin Abstract: In recent years smart metering of electricity… Read more

EPRG 1034

Aoife Brophy Haney, Tooraj Jamasb, Laura M. Platchkov, Michael G. Pollitt Demand-side Management Strategies and the Residential Sector: Lessons from International Experience EPRG 1034 | Non-Technical Summary | PDF Abstract: This paper explores demand side management (DSM) strategies, including both demand response and energy efficiency policies. The aim is to uncover what features might strengthen… Read more

EPRG 1027

Tooraj Jamasb, Luis Orea and Michael G. Pollitt Estimating Marginal Cost of Quality Improvements: The Case of the UK Electricity Distribution Companies EPRG 1027 | Non-Technical Summary | PDF Abstract: The main aim of this paper is to develop an econometric approach to estimation of marginal costs of improving quality of service. We implement this… Read more

EPRG 1020

Tooraj Jamasb, Luis Orea, Michael G. Pollitt Weather Factors and Performance of Network Utilities: A Methodology and Application to Electricity Distribution EPRG 1020 | Non-Technical Summary | PDF Abstract: Incentive regulation and efficiency analysis of network utilities often need to take the effect of important external factors, such as the weather conditions, into account. This… Read more

EPRG 1012

Aoife Brophy Haney and Michael G.Pollitt Exploring the Determinants of “best practice” in Network Regulation: The Case of the Electricity Industry EPRG 1012 | Non-Technical Summary | PDF Also published in: Brophy Haney, A & Pollitt, M (2011) “Exploring the Determinants of “best practice” in Network Regulation: The Case of the Electricity Industry”, Energy Policy… Read more

EPRG 1002

Michael G. Pollitt UK Renewable Energy Policy Since Privatisation EPRG 1002  | Non-Technical Summary | PDF Also published in: Pollitt, M. “UK Renewable Energy Policy Since Privatisation”, chapter in “Harnessing Renewable Energy in Electric Power Systems: Theory, Practice, Policy” Moselle, Boaz, Padilla, Jorge and Schmalensee, Richard pages 253-283 Abstract: The aim of this paper is… Read more

EPRG 1125

Michael G. Pollitt Lessons from the History of Independent System Operators in the Energy Sector, with applications to the Water Sector EPRG 1125 | Non-Technical Summary | PDF Abstract: This paper examines the lessons from independent transmission system operators in energy in the context of the potential introduction of an independent system operator in the… Read more

EPRG 1124

Michael G. Pollitt and Stephen J. Steer Economies of Scale and Scope in Network Industries: Lessons for the UK water and sewerage sectors EPRG 1124  | Non-Technical Summary | PDF Abstract: Many studies of the water and sewerage industries place significant importance on the benefits of economies of scale and scope and how these relate… Read more

EPRG 1122

Laura Platchkov, Michael G. Pollitt, David Reiner, Irina Shaorshadze  2010 EPRG Public Opinion Survey: Policy Preferences and Energy Saving Measures EPRG 1122  | Non-Technical Summary | PDF Abstract: This paper presents results of the 2010 Electricity Policy Research Group (EPRG) public opinion survey. The survey examines the energy policy preferences and attitudes of the British… Read more

EPRG 1116

Laura M. Platchkov and Michael G. Pollitt The Economics of Energy (and Electricity) Demand EPRG 1116  | Non-Technical Summary | PDF Abstract: Economic drivers, technologies and demand side management are keys in understanding the long-term trends of both energy and more specifically electricity consumption. This paper discusses some of the important economics foundations of energy… Read more

EPRG 1103

Scott Kelly and Michael Pollitt The Local Dimension of Energy EPRG 1103 | Non-Technical Summary | PDF Abstract: In this paper, we postulate that some of the best opportunities for reducing energy demand and carbon emissions are through stronger involvement and leadership from local government. We show that local government can and do have a significant… Read more

Michael Pollitt

Assistant Director, EPRG and Professor of Business Economics, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge D.Phil. (Oxon) M.Phil.(Oxon) M.A. (Cantab) Tel: +44 (0)1223 339615 Email: m.pollitt@jbs.cam.ac.uk Research Projects: Flexible Plug and Play Project (FPP), Autonomic Power Systems (APS) Research Interests: Regulation, privatisation and liberalization in the network industries; cross national efficiency comparisons in the electricity industry; business ethics,… Read more