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On Distributive Effects of Optimal Regulation for Power Grid Expansion

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  • Luis Ángel Herrera
  • Juan Rosellón

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To date, the distributive implications of incentive regulation on electricity transmission networks have not been explicitly studied in the literature. More specifically, the parameters that a regulator might use to achieve distributive efficiency under price-cap regulation have not yet been identified. To discern these parameters is the motivation for the research presented in this paper. We study how different weight parameters affect the distributive characteristics of optimal price-cap incentive regulation for electricity transmission. We find that a regulator's use of ideal (Laspeyres) weights tends to be more beneficial for the Transco (consumers) than for consumers (the Transco).

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  • Luis Ángel Herrera & Juan Rosellón, 2013. "On Distributive Effects of Optimal Regulation for Power Grid Expansion," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 1327, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
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    Keywords

    Electricity transmission; incentive regulation; distributive efficiency;

    JEL classification:

    • L50 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - General
    • L51 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Economics of Regulation
    • L94 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Electric Utilities
    • Q40 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - General
    • Q42 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Alternative Energy Sources

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