The effects of average norm model regulation: The case of electricity distribution in Sweden

Tooraj Jamasb, Magnus Söderberg

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    Abstract

    Following the reform of energy sectors, some countries have used engineering norm models in incentive regulation of network utilities. In 2003, Sweden adopted this approach to regulation of electricity distribution networks. This paper examines whether the norm models represent the real networks and create incentives for performance improvement. We analyse data from 138 network concession holders between 2000 and 2007. The results show that norm models are not adequate representations of real networks. Also, utilities that perform better than their norm models tend to behave opportunistically. Finally, we find that private utilities respond more strongly to incentives. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)249-269
    Number of pages21
    JournalReview of Industrial Organization
    Volume36
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

    Keywords

    • Electricity
    • Incentive
    • Regulation
    • Sweden

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