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Liberalization of Electricity Markets in Selected European Countries

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  • Paul J.J. Welfens


    (Europäisches Institut für Internationale Wirtschaftsbeziehungen (EIIW))

  • Albrecht Kauffmann


    (Universität Potsdam)

  • Martin Keim


    (Europäisches Institut für Internationale Wirtschaftsbeziehungen (EIIW))

We look into liberalization issues in the context of the EU Electricity Liberalization. Taking a look at principal issues reveals that the Community Directive 96/92/EC does not really take into account the interdependencies of energy markets. Moreover, third party access is not effectively enforced, particularly not in Germany, where mergers between a major electricity company and the dominant gas company have raised particular issues. Electricity liberalization in Scandinavia is working relatively well. EU accession countries are considered potential electricity exporters in the long run as full restructuring will drive down both energy intensities and electricity intensities. Russia would be wise to quickly become a member country of WTO, not in the least to gain access to Western Europe's electricity market; the role of Russia so far has been neglected in the discussion of electricity liberalization. Excess capacities in EU-27 can be expected in the medium term. There is considerable doubt that politicians - often with ambitious goals in the field of environmental policy - will allow for a pan-European liberalization of electricity. We also take a closer look at regulatory policy issues.

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Paper provided by Universitätsbibliothek Wuppertal, University Library in its series EIIW Discussion paper with number disbei124.

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Length: 54 Pages
Date of creation: Jul 2004
Handle: RePEc:bwu:eiiwdp:disbei124
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