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Generating the Benefits of Competition: Challenges and Opportunities in Opening Electricity Markets


  • Tim Brennan

    (University of Maryland)


The move from regulation to competition in different parts of the economy is one of the great success stories of the past 30 years. And more competition in the electricity sector could offer lower consumer prices and improved stability of supply. So why has market deregulation in electricity been difficult to achieve?

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  • Tim Brennan, 2008. "Generating the Benefits of Competition: Challenges and Opportunities in Opening Electricity Markets," C.D. Howe Institute Commentary, C.D. Howe Institute, issue 260, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:cdh:commen:260

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    1. William B.P. Robson, 2008. "Safe Harbours: Providing Protection for Canada's Money-Purchase Plan Sponsors," C.D. Howe Institute Backgrounder, C.D. Howe Institute, issue 110, January.
    2. Coase, Ronald H, 1972. "Durability and Monopoly," Journal of Law and Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 15(1), pages 143-149, April.
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    Cited by:

    1. Peter W. Hogg, 2008. "A Question of Parliamentary power: Criminal Law and the Control of Greenhouse Gas Emissions," C.D. Howe Institute Backgrounder, C.D. Howe Institute, issue 114, August.
    2. Timothy Brennan, 2010. "Decoupling in electric utilities," Journal of Regulatory Economics, Springer, vol. 38(1), pages 49-69, August.

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    public services; electricity sector competition; market deregulation;

    JEL classification:

    • Q4 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy
    • L94 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Electric Utilities
    • L98 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Government Policy


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