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Is Swedish district heating operating on an integrated market? – Differences in pricing, price convergence, and marketing strategy between public and private district heating companies

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  • Åberg, M.
  • Fälting, L.
  • Forssell, A.
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    The deregulation of the Swedish electricity market in 1996 made it possible to operate municipal district heating commercially. Until that time district heating had been organized mainly as municipal utilities. After 1996 district heating is instead expected to function on a market. In competitive and integrated markets, prices are expected to be equal, or converging. To find out if district heating operates on an integrated market the differences in price levels, price convergence, price strategy, and business goals, among municipal, private and state owned district heating companies are investigated.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Energy Policy.

    Volume (Year): 90 (2016)
    Issue (Month): C ()
    Pages: 222-232

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:enepol:v:90:y:2016:i:c:p:222-232
    DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2015.12.030
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