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The competitive role of the transmission system in price-regulated power industries

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  • Arellano, M. Soledad
  • Serra, Pablo

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This note shows how the transmission system can enhance competition in price-regulated power industries, thus extending earlier findings reported in the literature for deregulated industries. In the context of a two-technology, price-regulated power industry, we show that the interconnection of two markets initially supplied by a different monopoly reduces market power and raises welfare. We also show that the capacity of the transmission line plays a key role in determining whether market equilibrium lies closer to competition or monopoly.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Energy Economics.

Volume (Year): 30 (2008)
Issue (Month): 4 (July)
Pages: 1568-1576

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Handle: RePEc:eee:eneeco:v:30:y:2008:i:4:p:1568-1576

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