IDEAS home Printed from
MyIDEAS: Log in (now much improved!) to save this paper

The Restructuring and Privatisation of the Electricity Supply Industry in Northern Ireland: Will it be Worth it?

Listed author(s):
  • Pollitt, M. G.

Until 1992, the electricity supply industry in Northern Ireland was controlled by a single state-owned enterprise. It was then restructured into three new generating companies and a transmission and distribution company, all of which were privatised. Since then, unit costs have fallen sharply but prices have risen relative to the rest of the United Kingdom. This paper conducts a social cost benefit analysis of the restructuring and privatisation by looking at the efficiency gains and the actual and future investment and environmental effects of the process. It concludes that relative to the central counterfactual, the net gains are equivalent to a permanent cost reduction of 6% per annum, consumers pay 13% higher prices, while the government gains around £1.3bn in asset sales and higher tax revenue.

To our knowledge, this item is not available for download. To find whether it is available, there are three options:
1. Check below under "Related research" whether another version of this item is available online.
2. Check on the provider's web page whether it is in fact available.
3. Perform a search for a similarly titled item that would be available.

Paper provided by Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge in its series Cambridge Working Papers in Economics with number 9701.

in new window

Date of creation: 1997
Handle: RePEc:cam:camdae:9701
Contact details of provider: Web page:

No references listed on IDEAS
You can help add them by filling out this form.

This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:cam:camdae:9701. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Jake Dyer)

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.