The California Electricity Market Debacle - On Liberalization Promises and Regulatory Failures
University of Kiel - Research Dept. 3 (Regional and Infrastructure Economics)
Kiel Working Paper No. 1097
This paper discusses the California electricity market debacle and asks which lessons could be drawn from the Californian experience. It analyzes the market developments and depicts the reasons for the market meltdown. It is shown that the present situation in California may be only the calm before the next storm. Essential questions concerning regulatory policy are unsettled, and the Californian policymakers at present do not seem to be able to resolve the problems largely stemming from their own past decisions. The paper however argues that for several reasons a similar fate does not threaten the European electricity markets at present.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 40
JEL Classification: K2, L2, L5, L9, Q4working papers series
Date posted: June 19, 2002
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