The Liberalisation of the Energy Sector in the European Union
The energy sector covers the coal, oil, gas and electricity sector. The European coal and oil sector have already been liberalised in the past. The current debate concerns mainly the electricity and the gas sector. In this paper we will concentrate on the electricity sector for three reasons. First, the sector is more important in terms of value added, secondly it is considered to be more complex and, finally, the opening of the electricity market precedes that of the gas market. Obviously, this does not mean that the gas sector should not be studied as there are many challenges left. In section II, we discuss the institutional background for the liberalisation. Section III then analyses the British experience. This is of interest because the UK has liberalised its market about 10 years ago and this experience has been the subject of extensive economic research. In the sections IV to VII, we focus on the four main problems in the liberalisation of the European electricity market: the stranded costs issue, the cross-subsidies issue, the pricing of transmission and the regulation of the environment. Finally, section VIII concludes.
|Date of creation:||Nov 2000|
|Contact details of provider:|| Postal: Naamsestraat 69, 3000 Leuven|
Phone: +32-(0)16-32 67 25
Fax: +32-(0)16-32 67 96
Web page: http://feb.kuleuven.be/Economics
More information through EDIRC
When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:ete:etewps:ete0003. 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: (library EBIB)
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.