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Power Structure

Ownership, Integration, and Competition in the U.S. Electricity Industry


About this book


Power Structure examines the effects on economic performance of several key features of the U.S. electric power industry. Paramount among these are public versus private ownership, vertical integration versus deintegration, and retail competition versus monopoly distribution. Each of these, as well as other structural characteristics of utilities and their markets, are analyzed for their effects on costs and price.
These issues are important for a number of reasons. The U.S. electric power industry is presently embarking on a fundamental restructuring in terms of integration and competition. In other countries, privatization of state-owned enterprises is being viewed as the answer to unsatisfactory performance. From a longer perspective, the question of the relative performance of publicly owned versus privately owned utilities in the U.S. has never been resolved. And despite much speculation there is little reliable evidence as to the importance of either vertical integration or competition.


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  1. 1.George Washington UniversityWashington

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` ... the discussion and analysis in this book has significantly expanded the understanding of cost and pricing performance of the U.S. electric utility industry, and has provided important insights into the main issues facing the industry here and abroad. I highly recommend this book to readers interested in the future of the industry.'
The Energy Journal