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Liberalizing European Energy Markets

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  • Finn Roar Aune
  • Rolf Golombek
  • Sverre A.C. Kittelsen
  • Knut Einar Rosendahl

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This book presents an economic analysis of the main effects of liberalizing the electricity and natural gas markets across Western Europe. It is based on a state-of-the art detailed numerical simulation model that takes account of the interlinkages between different energy markets. Short-run and long-run effects are identified and the robustness of results is tested. Separate chapters discuss climate policy, renewable energy and the role of Russia. A key finding is that liberalization lowers energy prices and increases consumption, particularly in the electricity markets where prices fall by 25 per cent on average in the short run. Effects are somewhat stronger in the long run, as investment options are utilized. The welfare benefits of liberalization are considerable in the long run. However, liberalization increases emissions of CO2. The welfare costs of fulfilling Western Europe’s Kyoto obligations depend highly on the policies implemented, but are at least as large as the benefits of liberalization.

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  • Finn Roar Aune & Rolf Golombek & Sverre A.C. Kittelsen & Knut Einar Rosendahl, 2008. "Liberalizing European Energy Markets," Books, Edward Elgar Publishing, number 3071.
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    1. Karakosta, Charikleia & Flouri, Maria & Dimopoulou, Stamatia & Psarras, John, 2012. "Analysis of renewable energy progress in the western Balkan countries: Bosnia–Herzegovina and Serbia," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 16(7), pages 5166-5175.
    2. Finn Roar Aune & Rolf Golombek, 2018. "Carbon Prices are Redundant in the 2030 EU Climate and Energy Policy Package," CESifo Working Paper Series 7364, CESifo Group Munich.
    3. Dong, Yanli & Shimada, Koji, 2017. "Evolution from the renewable portfolio standards to feed-in tariff for the deployment of renewable energy in Japan," Renewable Energy, Elsevier, vol. 107(C), pages 590-596.
    4. Boehringer Christoph & Fischer Carolyn & Rosendahl Knut Einar, 2010. "The Global Effects of Subglobal Climate Policies," The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, De Gruyter, vol. 10(2), pages 1-35, December.
    5. Golombek, Rolf & Kittelsen, Sverre A.C. & Rosendahl, Knut Einar, 2013. "Price and welfare effects of emission quota allocation," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 36(C), pages 568-580.
    6. Finn Roar Aune & Gang Liu & Knut Einar Rosendahl & Eirik Lund Sagen, 2009. "Subsidising carbon capture. Effects on energy prices and market shares in the power market," Discussion Papers 595, Statistics Norway, Research Department.
    7. Rolf Golombek & Kjell Arne Brekke & Michal Kaut & Sverre A.C. Kittelsen & Stein W. Wallace, 2016. "Stochastic equilibrium modeling: The Impact of Uncertainty on the European Energy Market," EcoMod2016 9201, EcoMod.
    8. Huppmann, Daniel & Egging, Ruud, 2014. "Market power, fuel substitution and infrastructure – A large-scale equilibrium model of global energy markets," Energy, Elsevier, vol. 75(C), pages 483-500.
    9. Hustveit, Magne & Frogner, Jens Sveen & Fleten, Stein-Erik, 2017. "Tradable green certificates for renewable support: The role of expectations and uncertainty," Energy, Elsevier, vol. 141(C), pages 1717-1727.
    10. Finn Roar Aune, Rolf Golombek , Arild Moe, Knut Einar Rosendahl and Hilde Hallre Le Tissier, 2015. "Liberalizing Russian Gas Markets - An Economic Analysis," The Energy Journal, International Association for Energy Economics, vol. 0(Adelman S).
    11. Larsen, Erik R. & Osorio, Sebastian & van Ackere, Ann, 2017. "A framework to evaluate security of supply in the electricity sector," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 79(C), pages 646-655.
    12. Adolfo Maza & María Hierro & José Villaverde, 2010. "Renewable Electricity in the EU: Are We Meeting the Targets?," European Planning Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 18(9), pages 1507-1517, September.
    13. Marcelo Saguan & Leonardo Meeus, 2011. "Modeling the Cost of Achieving a Renewable Energy Target: Does it Pay to Cooperate Across Borders?," RSCAS Working Papers 2011/46, European University Institute.
    14. Kjell Arne Brekke & Rolf Golombek & Michal Kaut & Sverre A.C. Kittelsen & Stein W. Wallace, 2013. "The Impact of Uncertainty on the European Energy Market: A Scenario Aggregation Approach," CESifo Working Paper Series 4500, CESifo Group Munich.
    15. Brekke, Kjell Arne & Golombek, Rolf & Kaut, Michal & Kittelsen, Sverre A.C. & Wallace, Stein W., 2017. "Stochastic energy market equilibrium modeling with multiple agents," Energy, Elsevier, vol. 134(C), pages 984-990.

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