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Efficiency and Equity in the Transition to a New Natural Gas Market

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  • Thomas C. Gorak
  • Dennis J. Ray

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Through a series of regulatory decisions and legislative actions, the natural gas industry has undergone a radical transformation. Wellhead prices have been deregulated; interstate pipelines have been recast from merchants of bundled sales and transportation service to sellers of transportation and storage capacity; and supply procurement responsibilities have been shifted downstream to local distribution companies and end users. The transformation was made to foster efficiency improvements from wellhead to burner-tip. This paper reviews the policies that fostered the transition, examines the likely outcomes of those policies, and questions whether the transition has resulted in net benefits to all marketplace segments.

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  • Thomas C. Gorak & Dennis J. Ray, 1995. "Efficiency and Equity in the Transition to a New Natural Gas Market," Land Economics, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 71(3), pages 368-385.
  • Handle: RePEc:uwp:landec:v:71:y:1995:i:3:p:368-385
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    1. Lam, Pun-Lee, 1996. "Restructuring the Hong Kong gas industry," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 24(8), pages 713-722, August.
    2. Littlechild, Stephen, 2012. "The process of negotiating settlements at FERC," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 50(C), pages 174-191.
    3. Arano, Kathleen G. & Blair, Benjamin F., 2008. "An ex-post welfare analysis of natural gas regulation in the industrial sector," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 30(3), pages 789-806, May.

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