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The Price Isn't Right: The Need for Reform in Consumer Electricity Pricing

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  • Donald N. Dewees

    (University of Toronto)

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Electricity prices should fully link the consumer price to peak-period generation costs, environmental costs and the high cost of new generation, according to an expert analysis released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. The author says such pricing reform is required to reduce both financial and electrical stress on the system and help prepare Ontario – and other provinces – for the rising costs of new generation.

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  • Donald N. Dewees, 2010. "The Price Isn't Right: The Need for Reform in Consumer Electricity Pricing," C.D. Howe Institute Backgrounder, C.D. Howe Institute, issue 124, January.
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    1. Donald Dewees & Trevor Tombe, 2011. "The Impact of Sub-Metering on Condominium Electricity Demand," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 37(4), pages 435-457, December.

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    Keywords

    Economic Growth and Innovation; electricity pricing; Province of Ontario; conservation; environmental cost; real-time pricing;

    JEL classification:

    • L94 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Electric Utilities
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products
    • Q48 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Government Policy
    • Q58 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Government Policy

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