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The Future of Electricity (and Gas) Regulation

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  • Pollitt, M.G.

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This paper discusses whether a new paradigm is necessary for independent economic regulation of electricity (and closely associated natural gas) systems. We begin by summarising the nature of the traditional model of electricity reform and the place of economic regulation within it. Next we outline the drivers for changing the current model of electricity regulation, namely, the maturity of the existing model, the reality of changing circumstances, and the coming of age of climate change concern. We go on to discuss the premises on which a new model of regulation should be based. These are: remembering the successes of the current system of regulation; a new focus on processes not just outcomes; a recognition of the economics of climate change; and the appropriate management of uncertainty. We then highlight the key elements of a new model for regulation: new processes of regulation; new models of competition and the issues raised by a focus on climate change.The paper draws heavily on the experience of the UK, but has direct implications for the rest of the European Union countries and for other countries whose regulatory systems mirror them.

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Paper provided by Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge in its series Cambridge Working Papers in Economics with number 0819.

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Date of creation: Apr 2008
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Handle: RePEc:cam:camdae:0819

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Keywords: independent regulation; electricity; gas.;

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  1. Haney, Aoife Brophy & Pollitt, Michael G., 2013. "International benchmarking of electricity transmission by regulators: A contrast between theory and practice?," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 62(C), pages 267-281.
  2. Szablewski, Andrzej T., 2011. "The need for revaluation of the model structure for electricity liberalization," MPRA Paper 34898, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Christian von Hirschhausen, 2011. "Infrastruktur für die Energiewende und die Systemtransformation – notwendig, aber kein Engpass für weitere Schritte," Ifo Schnelldienst, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 64(18), pages 14-20, October.
  4. Jamasb, Tooraj & Pollitt, Michael, 2008. "Security of supply and regulation of energy networks," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 36(12), pages 4584-4589, December.
  5. Pollitt, Michael, 2010. "Does electricity (and heat) network regulation have anything to learn from fixed line telecoms regulation?," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 38(3), pages 1360-1371, March.

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