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Electricity Restructuring In China: How Competitive Will Generation Markets Be?

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  • RUSSELL PITTMAN

    ()
    (Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice, LSB 9446, Washington, DC 20530, USA; New Economic School, Nakhimovskii Prospekt 47, 117418, Moscow, Russia)

  • VANESSA YANHUA ZHANG

    ()
    (LECG, LLC, 33 W. Monroe Street, Suite 2300, Chicago, IL 60603, USA)

Abstract

The continuation of China's remarkable economic growth will depend on continued increases in electricity supply. China has commenced a program of electricity sector restructuring, with the announced aim of relying on markets and competition to provide incentives for attracting private investment and encouraging efficiency. However, a close examination of the generation markets being created suggests that truly free wholesale prices are likely to be both high and volatile. This may be the reason that these prices have not yet been freed — and it may not bode well for true market liberalization in the future.

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Article provided by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. in its journal The Singapore Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 55 (2010)
Issue (Month): 02 ()
Pages: 377-400

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Handle: RePEc:wsi:serxxx:v:55:y:2010:i:02:p:377-400

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Keywords: Electricity restructuring; competition; China; L94; O13; P28; Q48;

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Cited by:
  1. Zhang, Vanessa Yanhua & Chen, Yongjun, 2011. "Vertical relationships in China’s electricity industry: The quest for competition?," Utilities Policy, Elsevier, vol. 19(3), pages 142-151.
  2. Pittman, Russell, 2011. "Risk-averse restructuring of freight railways in China," Utilities Policy, Elsevier, vol. 19(3), pages 152-160.
  3. Chandran Govindaraju, V.G.R. & Tang, Chor Foon, 2013. "The dynamic links between CO2 emissions, economic growth and coal consumption in China and India," Applied Energy, Elsevier, vol. 104(C), pages 310-318.
  4. Rego, Erik Eduardo, 2013. "Reserve price: Lessons learned from Brazilian electricity procurement auctions," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 60(C), pages 217-223.

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