Journal Article

Electricity market integration and the impact of unilateral policy reforms

Luigi Grossi, Sven Heim, Kai Hüschelrath and Michael Waterson

in Oxford Economic Papers

Volume 70, issue 3, pages 799-820
Published in print July 2018 | ISSN: 0030-7653
Published online March 2018 | e-ISSN: 1464-3812 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oep/gpy005
Electricity market integration and the impact of unilateral policy reforms

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Abstract

We investigate the impact that two German energy reforms—phase-out of nuclear power plants after the Fukushima incident and expansion of renewables due to fixed feed-in tariffs—had on neighbouring countries’ consumers. The unilateral German reforms generated substantial negative and positive impacts, respectively, in neighbouring countries with the highest overall effect of German policy found in France, not Germany; an annual negative impact on consumers of €3.15 billion. We also find significant differences in market integration between neighbouring countries by calculating ratios between the estimated policy decisions’ impacts before and after controlling for interconnector congestion.

Keywords: F14; F15; Q41; Q48; L94; L98

Journal Article.  9317 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Trade ; Energy Economics ; Energy and Utilities ; Industry Studies

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