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Ownership Unbundling: A Logic Outage for the Anti-Energy Liberalisers? CEPS Commentaries, 9 April 2008

Riley, Alan. (2008) Ownership Unbundling: A Logic Outage for the Anti-Energy Liberalisers? CEPS Commentaries, 9 April 2008. [Policy Paper]

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    Abstract

    Last September the European Commission's unveiled new proposals for energy-market liberalisation, which focused on 'ownership unbundling'. Under such a regime, the business of operating gas pipelines or an electricity network is separated from the business of providing gas or generating power. The initiative immediately drew opposition from the highly vertically integrated energy incumbents. This Commentary by Alan Riley, Professor at City Law School, City University, London, and Associate Research Fellow, CEPS, examines the principal arguments used to resist these proposals and finds they are insubstantial and cast doubt on the ability of the incumbents' lobby to sustain their case against energy liberalisation.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > competition policy
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > energy policy
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > CEPS Commentaries
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2009
    Page Range: p. 4
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 18:15
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11593

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