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Agency Costs Of Third-Party Financing And The Effects Of Regulatory Change On Utility Costs And Factor Choices

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  • Francis J. CRONIN
  • Stephen A. MOTLUK

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Beginning in 1999, the Canadian Province of Ontario undertook restructuring and tried to implement performance based regulation for local electricity distribution utilities. Regulatory parameters were based on productivity research covering 1988-1997 that found little productivity difference by size, but wide variations in costs, factor mix, financing, and returns to capital among utilities. While some utilities questioned their ability to improve efficiency, other observers maintained many utilities were over-capitalized, especially from third-party financing paid by customers for connection/development charges; these observers noted that rates, profits, and valuations would be inflated. Despite its pervasive use, we can find no literature dealing with the implications of third-party funding. We assess the effects and adjustment dynamics of regulatory and financing changes on costs, factor mix, and performance. Copyright 2007 The Authors Journal compilation © CIRIEC 2007.

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  • Francis J. CRONIN & Stephen A. MOTLUK, 2007. "Agency Costs Of Third-Party Financing And The Effects Of Regulatory Change On Utility Costs And Factor Choices," Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 78(4), pages 537-565, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:annpce:v:78:y:2007:i:4:p:537-565
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    1. Cronin, Francis J. & Motluk, Stephen, 2011. "Ten years after restructuring: Degraded distribution reliability and regulatory failure in Ontario," Utilities Policy, Elsevier, vol. 19(4), pages 235-243.

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