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Competition, Contracts and Electricity Markets

A New Perspective
Loyola de Palacio Series on European Energy Policy
Edited by Jean-Michel Glachant, Holder of the Loyola de Palacio Chair on EU Energy Policy and Director, Florence School of Regulation, European University Institute, Italy, Dominique Finon, Directeur de Recherche CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), Centre International de Recherche sur l’Environnement et le Développement, CNRS and EHESS, Paris, France and Adrien de Hauteclocque, Référendaire, Court of Justice of the European Union, Luxembourg
This book fills a gap in the existing literature by dealing with several issues linked to long-term contracts and the efficiency of electricity markets. These include the impact of long-term contracts and vertical integration on effective competition, generation investment in risky markets, and the challenges for competition policy principles.
Extent: 336 pp
Hardback Price: £96.00 Online: £86.40
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 978 1 84980 479 0
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Competition Policy
  • Energy Economics
  • Industrial Organisation
  • Law - Academic
  • Energy Law
This book fills a gap in the existing literature by dealing with several issues linked to long-term contracts and the efficiency of electricity markets. These include the impact of long-term contracts and vertical integration on effective competition, generation investment in risky markets, and the challenges for competition policy principles.

On the one hand, long-term contracts may contribute to lasting generation capability by allowing for a more efficient allocation of risk. On the other hand, they can create conditions for imperfect competition and thus impair short-term efficiency. The contributors – prominent academics and policy experts with inter-disciplinary perspectives – develop fresh theoretical and practical insights on this important concern for current electricity markets.

This highly accessible book will strongly appeal to both academic and professional audiences including scholars of industrial, organizational and public sector economics, and competition and antitrust law. It will also be of value to regulatory and antitrust authorities, governmental policymakers, and consultants in electricity law and economics.
‘. . . it is the combination of various approaches that make the book worth reading. As such, it contributes significantly to the ongoing discussion in Europe on long-term contracts, the role of markets, the ability of markets to deliver investments and so on. . . well worth reading.’
– Kim Talus, Oil, Gas and Energy Law Intelligence
Contributors: J. Boucher, G. Brunekreeft, D. Finon, J.-M. Glachant, L. Hancher, A. de Hauteclocque, P. Longva, F. Marty, R. Meade, G. Meunier, M. Mulder, S. O’Connor, J. Pillot, F.A. Roques, Y. Smeers
Contents:

Introduction
Dominique Finon, Jean-Michel Glachant and Adrien de Hauteclocque

PART I: LONG-TERM CONTRACTS, INVESTMENT AND LONG-TERM EFFICIENCY
1. Energy Security and Long-term Arrangements
Jacqueline Boucher and Yves Smeers

2. Long-term Contracts and Technology Choices in Electricity Markets
Fabien A. Roques

3. Investment and Competition in Decentralized Electricity Markets: How to Overcome Market Failure by Market Imperfections?
Dominique Finon

4. Comparison of Long-term Contracts and Vertical Integration in Decentralized Electricity Markets
Richard Meade and Seini O’Connor

5. Vertical Relations and Energy Networks: Selected Issues
Gert Brunekreeft

PART II: LONG-TERM CONTRACTS AND IMPERFECT COMPETITION
6. Imperfect Competition and Long-term Contracts in Electricity Markets: Some Lessons from Theoretical Models
Guy Meunier

7. Long-term Contracts in Electricity Markets: Long-term Contracting and Risk Management from the Point of View of a Large Consumer
Petter Longva

8. Competition and Long-term Contracts in the Dutch Electricity Market
Machiel Mulder

PART III: COMPETITION POLICY AND LONG-TERM CONTRACTS
9. Long-term Contracts and Competition Policy in European Energy Markets
Adrien de Hauteclocque and Jean-Michel Glachant

10. Long-term Contracts and State Aid: A New Application of the EU State Aid Regime or a Special Case?
Leigh Hancher

11. The Essential Facilities Doctrine in European Competition Policy: The Case of the Energy Sector
Adrien de Hauteclocque, Frédéric Marty and Julien Pillot

PART IV: CONCLUSION
12. Efficiency, Competition and Long-term Contracts in Electricity Markets: Summary and Conclusions of the Workshop Organized by the GIS LARSEN and the Loyola de Palacio Program of the European University Institute, Florence, 15–16 January 2009
Adrien de Hauteclocque

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