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Looking for Trouble: Competition Policy in the U.S. Electricity Industry

Looking for Trouble: Competition Policy in the U.S. Electricity Industry

Chapter:
(p.256) 6 Looking for Trouble: Competition Policy in the U.S. Electricity Industry
Source:
Electricity Deregulation
Author(s):
James Bushnell
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226308586.003.0007

This chapter describes the methods that have traditionally been applied as screens for competitiveness problems in the electricity industry, as well as some of the alternatives that appear to be much better suited to restructured electricity markets in the U.S. It evaluates the market impact of a more competitive industry structure on the California market during the summer of 2000 using oligopoly models. The findings indicate that it is premature for policymakers to throw up their hands and abandon attempts at structural solutions to electricity market competition.

Keywords:   competitiveness, electricity industry, U.S., market impact, California, oligopoly models, electricity market competition

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