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By Francois Leveque

This booklet responds to the outlet up of electrical energy markets to festival, which has thoroughly replaced the character of energy new release. The construction of recent iteration and transmission capability and the environment of the strength combine among nuclear, fuel and renewable assets are more often than not left to personal initiative and traders. The authors and the editor of this publication discover even if industry forces provide a sustainable destiny for electrical energy iteration. They hire fiscal thought and solution to solution questions akin to: Will the marketplace have the capacity to make certain adequacy of iteration skill and defense of provide? Can fee indications from destiny electrical energy markets bring about a suitable point of funding for society? How can marketplace and public intervention mix to carry the correct sign to speculate in increasing and reinforcing the grid? How can complementary investments akin to the development of strength vegetation and the growth of the community be coordinated effectively? With a spotlight at the european and US liberalised electrical energy markets, those questions, and others, are spoke back by way of prime thinkers within the box, and provide a much-needed evaluate of the long term effects of liberalisation.

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Electricity generation, however, is subject to significant sunk costs, in that power stations are capital intensive, have no real alternative use, their output can only be moved to a new market if transmission capacity is available, and the costs of physically moving a power station will generally be prohibitive. In the presence of sunk costs, it is no longer optimal to close a station as soon as it is unable to make a full return on the capital invested, as long as it is at least covering its variable costs.

At the time of the restructuring, nearly 80 per cent of the industry’s capacity was owned by just two generating companies, and these built some CCGT stations in order to modernise their portfolios and reduce their emissions of sulphur dioxide. Most of the new capacity was built by entrants to generation, however. The first stations were mostly built by the regional electricity companies, the former distribution and retailing monopolies. 1 1991/92 1994/95 1997/98 2000/01 2003/04 Source: National Grid Company (NGC).

A series of practical considerations are proposed in this contribution in order to ensure compatibility of signals for investments in transmission and distribution. 7. CONCLUSION After reading this introductory chapter, the reader may be amazed at the length of the road to be travelled on the way to ideal investment conditions. It should not be forgotten that this difficult task springs from a very ambitious goal. Investment is an issue of dynamic economics. This is more complicated than problems of static efficiency, and the corresponding economic tools are less robust.

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