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Resource Rent Taxation – A New Perspective for the (Swiss) Hydropower Sector

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  • Silvia Banfi

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    (Center for Energy Policy and Economics CEPE, Department of Management, Technology and Economics, ETH Zurich, Switzerland)

  • Massimo Filippini

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    (Center for Energy Policy and Economics CEPE, Department of Management, Technology and Economics, ETH Zurich, Switzerland)

  • Cornelia Luchsinger

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    (BKW FMB Energie AG, Viktoriaplatz 2, 3000 Bern 25, Switzerland)

Abstract

The electricity generation in Switzerland is mainly based on hydropower accounting for 58 percent of the total production. The exploitation of water in the hydropower sector can generate significant economic rents. These rents –the so-called resource rents - are defined by the surplus return above the value of capital, labor, materials and energy used to exploit water resources. States and regulators have different methods of procuring these rents (see, e.g., Watkins (2001)), for instance through a fixed water fee system or a resource rent tax system. The latter is usually employed in the oil extraction industry. For many decades Swiss producers of hydropower have paid to the owners – usually the cantons – a certain fee per kW gross capacity which is fixed in accordance with the federal law at a maximum of about 52 Euro1. With the fixation of this fee on a kW basis, the substantial differences in cost and revenue structures and levels of the hydropower plants are not directly taken into account. The goal of this paper is to propose a new scheme for these hydropower fees, based on the economic concept of the so-called resource rent. Basically, we propose a resource rent tax (RRT) system, which was first developed by Garnaut and Clunies Ross (1975). The basic novelty in this paper is the combination of the RRT system with the econometric estimation of the variable costs in order to overcome the asymmetric information problem and to forecast the RRT per company respectively.

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Paper provided by CEPE Center for Energy Policy and Economics, ETH Zurich in its series CEPE Working paper series with number 04-34.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2004
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Handle: RePEc:cee:wpcepe:04-34

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  1. Baillie, R.T. & Baltagi, B.H., 1994. "Prediction from the Regression Model with one-way Error Components," Papers 9405, Michigan State - Econometrics and Economic Theory.
  2. Mehdi Farsi & Massimo Filippini, 2003. "Regulation and Measuring Cost Efficiency with Panel Data Models: Application to Electricity Distribution Utilities," CEPE Working paper series 03-19, CEPE Center for Energy Policy and Economics, ETH Zurich.
  3. Ricardo, David, 1821. "On the Principles of Political Economy and Taxation," History of Economic Thought Books, McMaster University Archive for the History of Economic Thought, edition 3, number ricardo1821.
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  5. Garnaut, Ross & Clunies Ross, Anthony, 1975. "Uncertainty, Risk Aversion and the Taxing of Natural Resource Projects," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 85(338), pages 272-87, June.
  6. Banfi, Silvia & Filippini, Massimo & Luchsinger, Cornelia, 2002. "Deregulation of the Swiss Electricity Industry: Short-Run Implications for the Hydropower Sector," The Electricity Journal, Elsevier, vol. 15(6), pages 69-77, July.
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  2. Gürkan Kumbaroglu & Reinhard Madlener & Mustafa Demirel, 2004. "A Real Options Evaluation Model for the Diffusion Prospects of New Renewable Power Generation Technologies," CEPE Working paper series 04-35, CEPE Center for Energy Policy and Economics, ETH Zurich.
  3. Reinhard Madlener & Stefan Vögtli, 2006. "Diffusion of bioenergy in urban areas: socio-economic analysis of the planned Swiss wood-fired cogeneration plant in Basel," CEPE Working paper series 06-53, CEPE Center for Energy Policy and Economics, ETH Zurich.
  4. Reinhard Madlener & Martin Koller, 2006. "Economic and CO2 mitigation impacts of promoting biomass heating systems: an input-output study for Vorarlberg, Austria," CEPE Working paper series 06-50, CEPE Center for Energy Policy and Economics, ETH Zurich.
  5. Silvia Banfi & Massimo Filippini & Andrea Horeh�jov�, 2012. "Using a choice experiment to estimate the benefits of a reduction of externalities in urban areas with special focus on electrosmog," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 44(3), pages 387-397, January.
  6. Silvia Banfi & Massimo Filippini & Andrea Horehájová, 2007. "Hedonic Price Functions for Zurich and Lugano with Special Focus on Electrosmog," CEPE Working paper series 07-57, CEPE Center for Energy Policy and Economics, ETH Zurich.

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