Direct Access to European Electricity Transmission Networks

Utilities Law Review, Vol. 17, No. 3, 2009

4 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2009 Last revised: 23 Oct 2009

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Alexander Kotlowski

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law; University of Oxford - Pembroke College, Oxford

Date Written: July 2, 2009

Abstract

The article analyses the European Court of Justice judgment in the case Julius Sabatauskas and Others concerning direct access to electricity transmission networks. It considers whether third party access rights guaranteed by Directive 2003/54/EC include a right to connect to a transmission system. Anticompetitive effects of the narrow interpretation of ‘third party’ and a distinction between ‘connection’ and ‘access’ adopted by the ECJ are examined. It is argued that the judgment should not be interpreted as a universal approval of restrictions on connecting new customers to transmission systems.

Keywords: Directive 2003/54/EC, electricity transmission networks, third party access rights, Sabatauskas case

JEL Classification: K21, K23, L12, L13, L43, L94, L95, D42, D43

Suggested Citation

Kotlowski, Alexander, Direct Access to European Electricity Transmission Networks (July 2, 2009). Utilities Law Review, Vol. 17, No. 3, 2009 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1428770

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University of Oxford - Pembroke College, Oxford ( email )

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