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The NOME law: implications for the French electricity market

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  • Anna Creti
  • Jerome Pouyet
  • María-Eugenia Sanin

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In December 2010, France approved the law “Nouvelle Organisation du Marché de l’Electricité” (or NOME law) to promote competition in the retail electricity market. In practice, the law allows retailers to buy nuclear production from the incumbent, at a regulated access price. This mechanism works up to a ceiling of 100 terawatt hours, which represents one quarter of the incumbent’s production from nuclear plants. Each retailer is assigned a share of that amount proportionally to its portfolio of clients. We contribute to the debate raised by the NOME law regarding the evolution of retail market prices. We show that a price decrease results if the ceiling is sufficiently high compared to the market share of the retailers competing with the incumbent. This pro-competitive effect is stronger when the incumbent’s rivals take into account the impact of their market strategy on the redistribution rule. Finally, we find that, if the regulated price of the NOME electricity is set above the nuclear cost, the incumbent realizes a gain that may result in strategic withholding, weakening the pro-competitive effects of the law. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

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  • Anna Creti & Jerome Pouyet & María-Eugenia Sanin, 2013. "The NOME law: implications for the French electricity market," Journal of Regulatory Economics, Springer, vol. 43(2), pages 196-213, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:regeco:v:43:y:2013:i:2:p:196-213
    DOI: 10.1007/s11149-012-9206-3
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    Keywords

    Electricity markets; Retail competition; NOME law; D43; L50; L94;

    JEL classification:

    • D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection
    • L50 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - General
    • L94 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Electric Utilities

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