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El Irati, Compañía General de Maderas, Fuerzas Hidráulicas y Tranvía Eléctrico de Navarra: una empresa autoproductora comercial de electricidad, 1904-1961
[The Irati, Company of Woods, Water Power and Electric Tramway of Navarre: the electricity business, 1904-1961]

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  • Garrues-Irurzun, Josean

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The study of the Irati hydroelectric company aims to show some of the business strategies behind the first stages of the development of electricity in Spain and, in turn, pose new questions regarding the factors and conditioning elements of the country’s regional industrialization processes. In fact, this firm represents one of the many possibilities electricity brought to non-industrialized Spanish regions at the start of the 20th century. The electricity generated by its falls explains the creation of Spain’s largest integrated industrial complex built up around the initial processing of timber (saw-mills and chemical distilling) and its commercialization (railways), along with the sale of its energy surpluses on the most important market in the region of Navarre. Furthermore, the analysis of this latter activity allows us to offer an explanatory model that is both an alternative and a complement to the classical model —that provided by the largest firms— concerning the progressive incorporation of the traditional electrical markets into the integrated markets of the major Spanish companies.

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  • Garrues-Irurzun, Josean, 2008. "El Irati, Compañía General de Maderas, Fuerzas Hidráulicas y Tranvía Eléctrico de Navarra: una empresa autoproductora comercial de electricidad, 1904-1961 [The Irati, Company of Woods, Water Power ," MPRA Paper 17948, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Junguito, Antonio Tena, 1988. "Importacion, Niveles de Proteccion Y Produccion Del Material Electrico En España (1890–1935)," Revista de Historia Económica / Journal of Iberian and Latin American Economic History, Cambridge University Press, vol. 6(2), pages 341-371, September.
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    1. Teives Henriques, Sofia & Sharp, Paul, 2018. "Without coal in the age of steam and dams in the age of electricity: An explanation for the failure of Portugal to industrialize before the Second World War," Lund Papers in Economic History 185, Lund University, Department of Economic History.

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      Keywords

      Business History; Industrialization; Electric Utilities; Electricity Markets; Vertical Integration;
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      JEL classification:

      • L0 - Industrial Organization - - General
      • N8 - Economic History - - Micro-Business History
      • N9 - Economic History - - Regional and Urban History
      • N0 - Economic History - - General
      • L94 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Electric Utilities
      • N94 - Economic History - - Regional and Urban History - - - Europe: 1913-

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