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Regulatory reform in the Spanish electricity industry: A missed opportunity for competition

AuthorsArocena, Pablo; Kühn, Kai-Uwe; Regibeau, Pierre
Issue Date1999
CitationEnergy Policy 27(7): 387-399 (1999)
AbstractThe reform of the electricity industry in Spain was announced as a drastic move towards freer markets and more competition. We argue that the reform is better seen as a lost opportunity for the rapid introduction of competition within the Spanish electricity sector. Although the new legal framework introduced an innovative spot market mechanism, the pro-competitive potential of this innovation was wasted by a seriously flawed privatisation program, by allowing continued vertical integration between generation and distribution and by limiting the liberalisation of supply activities. Furthermore, the Spanish case provides a useful example of the pitfalls of regulatory reform in countries with a long tradition of detailed state intervention and opaque regulatory systems. We conclude by suggesting a number of measures that, in spite of previous irreversible policy mistakes, could still enhance the competitiveness of the Spanish electricity markets.
Identifiersdoi: 10.1016/S0301-4215(99)00024-5
issn: 0301-4215
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