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The Gains from the Microeconomic Reform of the Power Generation Industry in East-Coast Australia

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  • Simhauser, Paul

    (NewGen Power, Riverside Centre, Brisbane QLD 4000)

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Power generators in the east-Australian states of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria comprise the dominant part of a 40,000 MW power system and operate at world benchmark efficient levels. But it has not always seem this way. During the late 1980s, the states were grossly over-supplied and the cost structure of the generation sector was spiralling out of control. Microeconomic reform has since corrected pricing practices and capital allocation. But electricity reforms need to be carefully orchestrated. While gains in productive and allocative efficiency will invariably occur, dynamic efficiency gains are harder to achieve. Inadequate restructuring or a supply-demand imbalance at the start of reforms may result in high prices, which in turn can drive an excess entry result, following which emerge systemic faults in signalling for new plant. Poor starting blocks can set off a chain reaction of events which may take a power system more than a decade to recover from.

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Article provided by Queensland University of Technology (QUT), School of Economics and Finance in its journal Economic Analysis and Policy (EAP).

Volume (Year): 35 (2005)
Issue (Month): 1-2 (March/September)
Pages: 23-43

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  1. Paul Simshauser, 2006. "The Emergence of Structural Faults on the Supply Side in Deregulated 'Energy Only' Electricity Markets," Australian Economic Review, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, vol. 39(2), pages 130-146, 06.
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  1. Paul Simshauser & Tim Nelson, 2012. "The second-round effects of carbon taxes on power project finance," Journal of Financial Economic Policy, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 4(2), pages 104-127, June.
  2. Simshauser, Paul, 2010. "Vertical integration, credit ratings and retail price settings in energy-only markets: Navigating the Resource Adequacy problem," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 38(11), pages 7427-7441, November.
  3. Paul Simshauser & Elizabeth Molyneux & Michelle Shepherd, 2010. "The Entry Cost Shock and the Re-rating of Power Prices in New South Wales, Australia," Australian Economic Review, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, vol. 43(2), pages 114-135.
  4. Paul Simshauser, 2008. "The Dynamic Efficiency Gains from Introducing Capacity Payments in the National Electricity Market," Australian Economic Review, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, vol. 41(4), pages 349-370, December.

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