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Electricity deregulation in OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries

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  • Al-Sunaidy, A.
  • Green, R.

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This paper discusses the spread of electricity deregulation in OECD countries since the early 1990s. England, Wales and Norway were the pioneers, but almost all OECD countries have now introduced some degree of liberalisation, and several have free entry to generation while allowing all electricity consumers to choose where they buy their power. The paper discusses some of the issues raised by competition in generation and in retailing (or supply), and the need to have appropriate regulation for the transmission and distribution systems, which will continue to be monopolies.

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  • Al-Sunaidy, A. & Green, R., 2006. "Electricity deregulation in OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries," Energy, Elsevier, vol. 31(6), pages 769-787.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:energy:v:31:y:2006:i:6:p:769-787
    DOI: 10.1016/j.energy.2005.02.017
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