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The Public Economics of Electricity Policy with Philippine Applications

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  • Majah-Leah Ravago

    (Assistant Professor at the University of the Philippines and Program Director of the Energy Policy and Development Program (EPDP) of the Philippines)

  • James Roumasset

    (Emeritus Professor of Economics (pending) at the University of Hawaii, Manoa)

Abstract

Electricity policy in many countries is charged with multiple objectives including affordability, sustainability, inclusivity, and renewability. Unless these objectives can be reconciled, the pursuit of one will detract from the pursuit of another. We provide a framework for culling some objectives and reconciling other by extending the traditional view of efficiency. Philippine power policies are characterized and evaluated with respect to conflicting objectives and the problem of incomplete deregulation. We also make preliminary suggestions regarding investment planning for generation and transmission, including the suitability of short-cut metrics such as levelized and avoided costs and the prospects for increased competitiveness.

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  • Majah-Leah Ravago & James Roumasset, 2016. "The Public Economics of Electricity Policy with Philippine Applications," Working Papers 201613, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Economics.
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    Electricity; renewable energy; excess burden; deregulation; competition; Philippines;
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    • Q4 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy
    • Q48 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Government Policy
    • Q41 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Demand and Supply; Prices

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