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Reform of the Electricity Supply Industry


  • Peter Hartley

    (Rice University, Houston, TX. USA)


Electricity markets around the world are becoming more competitive, partly in response to technological changes. Successful restructuring requires an understanding of the sources of monopoly power in the industry, and separation of competitive from natural monopoly elements. Competitive wholesale electricity markets require transparent regulatory and cross-subsidy mechanisms. Such changes in turn make public ownership less relevant for protecting consumers. Competitive markets are also more risky for owners, and governments are not ideally suited to financing large and very risky business ventures. The arguments are illustrated by reference to the reforms undertaken in Australia in the last decade.

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  • Peter Hartley, 1999. "Reform of the Electricity Supply Industry," Economía Mexicana NUEVA ÉPOCA, , vol. 0(1), pages 45-90, January-J.
  • Handle: RePEc:emc:ecomex:v:8:y:1999:i:1:p:45-90

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