Electricity Market Reform

Electricity Market Reform

An International Perspective

1st Edition - April 13, 2006
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  • Editors: Fereidoon Sioshansi, Wolfgang Pfaffenberger
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780080450308
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080462714

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Since the late 1980s, policy makers and regulators in a number of countries have liberalized, restructured or “deregulated” their electric power sector, typically by introducing competition at the generation and retail level. These experiments have resulted in vastly different outcomes - some highly encouraging, others utterly disastrous. However, many countries continue along the same path for a variety of reasons. Electricity Market Reform examines the most important competitive electricity markets around the world and provides definitive answers as to why some markets have performed admirably, while others have utterly failed, often with dire financial and cost consequences. The lessons contained within are direct relevance to regulators, policy makers, the investment community, industry, academics and graduate students of electricity markets worldwide.

Key Features

  • Covers electicity market liberalization and deregulation on a worldwide scale
  • Features expert contributions from key people within the electricity sector


Energy scientists, policy makers, economists, electrical engineers

Table of Contents

  • Foreword, S. Littlechild
    Introduction, P.L. Joskow
    I. What's Wrong with the Status Quo?
    1. Why Restructure Electricity Markets?, F.S. Sioshansi
    2. Sector-specific Market Power Regulation vs. General Competition Law: Criteria for Judging Competitive vs. Regulated Markets, G. Knieps
    II. Trailblazers
    3. Chile: Where It All Started, R. Raineri
    4. Electricity Liberalization in Britain and the Evolution of Market Design, D. Newbery
    5. The Nordic Market: Robust by Design?, E. Amundsen, N.H. von der Fehr, & L. Bergman
    III. Evolving Markets
    6. The Electricity Industry in Australia: Problems Along the Way to a National Electricity Market, A. Moran
    7. Restructuring of the New Zealand Electricity Sector, 1984-2005, G. Bertram
    8. Energy Policy and Investment in the German Power Market, G. Brunekreeft & D. Bauknecht
    9. Competition in the Continental European Electricity Market: Despair of Work in Progress?, R. Haas, J.M. Glachant, N. Keseric, & Y. Perez
    IV. North America, New World, New Challenges
    10. California Electricity Restructuring, the Crisis, and Its Aftermath, J.L. Sweeney
    11. Texas: The Most Robust Competitive Market in North America, P. Adib & J. Zarinkau
    12. Electricity Restructuring in Canada, M. Trebilcock
    13. The PJM Market, J. Bowring
    14. Independent System Operators in the United States: History, Lessons Learned, and Prospects, R. O'Neill, U. Helman, B. Hobbs, & R. Baldick
    15. Competitive Retail Power Markets and Default Service, T. Tschamler
    V. Other Markets
    16. The Case of Brasil: Reform by Trial and Error?, J.L. R. Hermes de Arauja
    17. Understanding the Argentinian and Colombian Electricity Markets, I. Dyner, S. Arango, & E.R. Larsen
    18. A New Stage of Electricity Liberalization in Japan: Issues and Expectations, M. Goto, M. Yajima

Product details

  • No. of pages: 688
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier Science 2006
  • Published: April 13, 2006
  • Imprint: Elsevier Science
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780080450308
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080462714
  • About the Editors

    Fereidoon Sioshansi

    Fereidoon Sioshansi
    Fereidoon Sioshansi is President of Menlo Energy Economics, a consulting firm focused on the rapid transformation of the electric power sector. He is the editor and publisher of EEnergy Informer, a monthly newsletter with international circulation. His professional experience includes working at Southern California Edison Co. (SCE), Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), NERA, and Global Energy Decisions. Since 2006, he has edited 13 books published by Academic Press; the latest, Variable generation, flexible demand, was published in 2021

    Affiliations and Expertise

    President, Menlo Energy Economics, San Francisco, CA, USA

    Wolfgang Pfaffenberger