EPRG 0516

Stephen Littlechild

Beyond Regulation

EPRG 0516 | Non-Technical Summary | PDF

Abstract: The ‘standard model’ of electricity reform has been refined in many countries but not extended to others. Government is supplanting the role of regulation. Revised calculations suggest that the benefits of UK electricity privatisation were higher than previously estimated and more widely shared with consumers. Other calculations suggest that generation market power in the US is less than previously estimated by Lerner index calculations. Unduly tight price controls explain why there has been less customer switching in some residential electricity markets. There has been significant development of fixed price contracts in Nordic markets, posing questions for regulation in the absence of retail competition. There are alternatives to regulation of network monopolies. In Australia regulated interconnectors have been less economic than merchant interconnectors. In Argentina arrangements for users to determine transmission expansions have worked well. In Florida negotiated settlements have secured a better deal for customers than regulation.

Keywords: : regulation, competition, electricity, transmission

Also published in:

  • Littlechild, Stephen. (2005) “Beyond Regulation”, IEA/LBS Beesley Lectures on Regulation series XV

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