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Building Competitive Gas Markets in the EU

Regulation, Supply and Demand Jean-Michel Glachant, Holder of the Loyola de Palacio Chair on EU Energy Policy and Director, Florence School of Regulation, European University Institute, Italy, Michelle Hallack, Economics Department, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil and Miguel Vazquez, Jean Monnet Fellow of the Loyola de Palacio Chair, European University Institute, Italy
This highly unique book focuses on market design issues common to most EU gas markets, particularly in the context of closer integration. It explores in detail the characteristics and requirements of national gas markets in Europe which are constructed as virtual hubs based on entry/exit schemes as a requirement of European law.
Extent: 296 pp
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Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 978 1 78254 063 2
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  • Economics and Finance
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  • Economic Regulation and Governance
  • Energy Economics
This highly unique book focuses on market design issues common to most EU gas markets, particularly in the context of closer integration. It explores in detail the characteristics and requirements of national gas markets in Europe, which are constructed as virtual hubs based on entry/exit schemes as a requirement of European law.

The expert contributors analyse gas supply and demand patterns in the EU, showing that both have changed following the introduction of liquefied natural gas on the supply side and the growth of gas-fired power plants on the demand side. The repeated interactions between the transmission operators’ activity and the gas commodity markets are addressed, as is the design of commercial networks in EU markets. The contributors also question whether the relationship between commercial and physical networks, in terms of the ‘new’ flexibility requirements of users, actually works. By way of conclusion, two proposals for the EU gas target model are presented, both of which tackle the fundamental issues raised in this book, as well as the organization of short-term transactions and the mechanisms for investment in vital new long-life infrastructure needed to integrate EU markets.

This volume will be of great interest to practitioners, as well as academics, researchers and students in the fields of energy economics and industrial economics. Both European and non-European energy companies and regulatory authorities looking for an independent and analytical overview of European gas markets will also find this book to be a highly valuable resource.
‘The book represents a valuable work for scholars and students who are interested to better understand the European gas markets and regulations as well as existing debates about gas market models. The book balances general ideas and concepts with rather detailed description of specific regulatory mechanisms.’
– Andrei V. Belyi, Journal of World Energy Law & Business
Foreword by Walter Boltz
Contents: Foreword by Walter Boltz Introduction Part I: The New European Gas Market: Increased Flexibility in Both Demand and Supply 1. Introduction to Part I 2. Gas Demand: The Role of Gas-fired Power Plants 3. Gas Supply: The Role of Liquefied Natural Gas by Sophia Ruester Part II: The Role Played by Networks Regulation 4. Introduction to Part II 5. Opening a Market for Gas Flexibility? Part III: EU Regulation in the Context of the EU Target Model 6. Introduction to Part III 7. A Vision for the EU Gas Target Model: MECO-S 8. An American Model for the EU Gas Market? by Sergio Ascari Conclusions Bibliography Index