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Electricity Internal Market in the European Union: What to do next?


  • Glanchant, J-M.
  • FLévêque, F.


Like in the US, the EU “internal electricity market” remains unfinished and its construction can stall, fracturing into “national blocks” separated by permanent “border effects”. This is exactly what this paper seeks to avoid in the expected life of the current European Commission (2005-2009). It identifies the critical factors: national and EU market designs, industry structure and competition policy, deeper regional cooperation between TSOs and Regulators. It suggests 8 priority actions and 12 secondary improvements to sustain the dynamics of the construction of an EU set of open r egional markets with limited “border effects”, and explains the rationale for these recommendations.

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  • Glanchant, J-M. & FLévêque, F., 2006. "Electricity Internal Market in the European Union: What to do next?," Cambridge Working Papers in Economics 0623, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge.
  • Handle: RePEc:cam:camdae:0623
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    European Policy; European Electricity Market; Electricity Market Design; Electricity Regulation;

    JEL classification:

    • L51 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Economics of Regulation
    • L52 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Industrial Policy; Sectoral Planning Methods
    • L94 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Electric Utilities
    • Q48 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Government Policy

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