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Competition along a river : Decentralizing hydropower production

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We analyze the production of electricity from n power stations situated along a river in a dynamic model. Each power station's production of electricity is constrained by the quantity of water available to it (capacity constraint) as well as limitations of reservoir capacity (storage constraint). Due to the water flow, production from one power station affects the production capacity of the next downstream power station. We show that when no constraint (capacity or storage) is binding, competition dominates monopoly. We then provide some examples in which, because one power station is constrained, monopoly dominates competition. Finally, we illustrate the model with an empirical example.

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  • Stefan Ambec & Joseph A. Doucet, 2001. "Competition along a river : Decentralizing hydropower production," CSEF Working Papers 56, Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy.
  • Handle: RePEc:sef:csefwp:56
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    Hydropower; Electricity; Competition; Regulation; Water;

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    • L10 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - General
    • L50 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - General
    • L94 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Electric Utilities
    • Q48 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Government Policy

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