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Issues and Options for Restructuring Electricity Supply Industries

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  • Newbery, D.

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The electricity supply industry is highly capital-intensive, whose success depends critically upon the management of its investment. In most developing countries investment is poorly managed, poorly maintained, and often inadequate. Inadequate regulation or political control lead to low prices that undermine the finance of investment and give poor incentives for management and operation. The paper argues that regulation must be carefully designed to provide efficient incentives and adequate guarantees to sustain investment and operations and only then will privatisation improve performance and benefit consumers. The paper discusses the evidence for these claims, the circumstances required for full unbundling and liberalisation to be successful, and those where the Single Buyer Model or continued, ideally reformed, state ownership, may be preferable, at least until conditions improve.

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Paper provided by Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge in its series Cambridge Working Papers in Economics with number 0210.

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Date of creation: May 2002
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Keywords: Electricity; reform; restructuring; regulation; developing countries;

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  1. Hernandez Martinez, Fernando, 2006. "La producción de energía eléctrica en España: Análisis económico de la actividad tras la liberalización del Sector Eléctrico
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    ," MPRA Paper 18050, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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  8. Sandro Sapio, 2008. "Volatility-price relationships in power exchanges: A demand-supply analysis," LEM Papers Series 2008/07, Laboratory of Economics and Management (LEM), Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy.
  9. Marc Pomp & Victoria Shestalova, 2007. "Switching Costs in Netherlands Energy Markets: Can Liberalisation Bring Benefits to Small Customers?," De Economist, Springer, vol. 155(3), pages 305-321, September.
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  17. Machiel Mulder & Victoria Shestalova & Mark Lijesen, 2005. "Vertical separation of the energy-distribution industry; an assessment of several options for unbundling," CPB Document 84, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.

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