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Law and Regulation for Energy Networks in New Zealand

Barry Barton

in Energy Networks and the Law

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199645039
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738647 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199645039.003.0015
Law and Regulation for Energy Networks in New Zealand

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This chapter presents an overview of energy network regulation in New Zealand. One can identify different periods in the nation's recent legal history in liberalization and regulation. In being influenced by neoliberalism in economic law and policy, and then by a movement away from it, New Zealand is in the mainstream of thinking in developed countries. However, it embraced neoliberalism more completely than many countries, and for many years it left monopoly energy networks unregulated as to prices, third party access, and the like; the presumption that price control was unnecessary lasted until 2008. The second phase in establishing formal regulatory control of networks corrected the shortcomings of the first phase, and recognized the inefficacy of light-handed regulation.

Keywords: energy network regulation; energy networks; liberalization; neoliberalism

Chapter.  9385 words. 

Subjects: Environment and Energy Law

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