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Removing Cross-Border Capacity Bottlenecks in the European Natural Gas Market: A Proposed Merchant-Regulatory Mechanism

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  • Juan Rosellón

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    (Division of Economics, CIDE)

  • Anne Neumann
  • Hannes Weigt

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We propose a merchant-regulatory framework to promote investment in the European natural-gas network infrastructure based on a price cap over two-part tariffs. As suggested by Vogelsang (2001) and Hogan et al., (2010), a profit maximizing network operator (NO) facing this regulatory constraint will intertemporally rebalance the variable and fixed part of its two-part tariff so as to expand the congested pipelines, and converge to the Ramsey-Boiteaux equilibrium. We confirm this with actual data from the European natural gas market by comparing the bi-level price-cap model with a base case, a no-regulation case, and a welfare benchmark, and performing various sensitivity analyses. In all cases, the incentive model is the best decentralized regulatory alternative to efficiently develop the entire pipeline system in Europe.

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Paper provided by CIDE, División de Economía in its series Working papers with number DTE 506.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: May 2011
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Handle: RePEc:emc:wpaper:dte506

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  1. Dagobert L. Brito & Juan Rosellón, 2010. "Lumpy Investment in Regulated Natural Gas Pipelines: An Application of the Theory of the Second Best," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 1024, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
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  1. Mulder, M. & Kuper, G.H., 2013. "Cross-border constraints,institutional changes and integration of the Dutch – German gas market," Research Report 13004-EEF, University of Groningen, Research Institute SOM (Systems, Organisations and Management).
  2. Kuper, Gerard & Mulder, Machiel, 2013. "Cross-border infrastructure constraints, regulatory measures and economic integration of the Dutch - German gas market," Research Report 13001-EEF, University of Groningen, Research Institute SOM (Systems, Organisations and Management).

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