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www.eprg.group.cam.ac.uk EPRGWORKINGPAPER

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New Models of Public Ownership in Energy
EPRG Working Paper 1030
Cambridge Working Paper in Economics 1055
Aoife Brophy Haney and Michael G. Pollitt
This paper discusses some of the new and continuing ways in which the
public sector is involved in the electricity / energy sector around the
world. This involvement continues to be significant in spite of the long-
running trend towards privatisation, competition and independent
regulation in the energy sector. We discuss why the theoretical case for
public ownership might be more attractive now than in the recent past.
We then discuss six case studies of modern public ownership drawn
from the UK (Great Britain and Northern Ireland), Denmark, New
Zealand, Finland and Chile. The investments covered include wind and
nuclear power, LNG facilities, electricity and gas distribution investments
and energy service companies for combined heat and power. We
conclude with some outstanding questions raised by the apparently
favourable conditions for increased public involvement in energy.


Source: Aickelin, Uwe - School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences