European Electricity Systems in Transition

European Electricity Systems in Transition

A comparative analysis of policy and regulation in Western Europe

1st Edition - January 1, 1997

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  • Author: A. Midttun
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080531274
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780080429946

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The electricity generation and supply industry is undergoing rapid changes in the 1990s. As demands for economic power continue to increase, governments throughout Europe are contemplating a reformation of electricity policy for the 21st century. This book discusses the current state of the European electricity generation and supply industry and the options for improvement in the future.Written by renowned experts in the field of energy policy and economics, the book includes detailed case studies of national electricity regulation from around Europe, and a timely overview of European Union electricity policy on liberalisation and deregulation.Given that the changes to the European electricity industries will provide valuable pointers to change in other areas, this book is essential reading for industry analysts, policy makers, utility companies and others with an interest in the future of energy generation and transmission worldwide.


For electricity industry analysts, policy makers, utility companies and anyone with an interest in energy policy and economics.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction. Restructuring electricity systems in transition (L. Mez et al.). Regulation beyond market and hierarchy: an excursion into regulation theory (A. Midttun). Varieties of Liberal Reform. The British market reform: a centralistic capitalist approach (S. Thomas). The Norwegian, Swedish and Finnish reforms: competitive public capitalism and the emergence of the Nordic internal market (A. Midttun). Systems in Negotiated Transition. Energy efficiency and the political economy of the Danish electricity system (F. Hvelplund). The Dutch electricity reform: reorganisation by negotiation (M.J. Arentsen et al.). Public Service Oriented and Cartellised Monopolies. The French electricity regime (M. Poppe, L. Cauret). The German electricity reform attempts: reforming co-optive networks (L. Mez). Comparative Analysis. Electricity policy within the European Union: one step forward, two steps back (A. Midttun). Regulation paradigms and regulation practice: a comparative review (A. Midttun). The politics of electricity regulation (L. Mez, A. Midttun).

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  • No. of pages: 344
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1997
  • Published: January 1, 1997
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080531274
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780080429946

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A. Midttun

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Norwegian School of Management, Elias Smiths vei 15, PO Box 580, N-1301 Sandvika, Norway

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