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Asymmetric Regulation and Incentives for Quality Provision: The New Phase of Italian Water Services
  • Lorenzo Bardelli
  • Paola ValbonesiEmail author
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Water Governance: Policy and Practice book series (PSWG)

Abstract

The provision of water services in Italy has recorded a number of different phases, all sharing the difficult balance between local and national interests. In this chapter, we focus primarily on the most recent developments, with the national Regulator—ARERA, the Italian Independent Regulatory Authority for Energy, Networks, and the Environment—addressing the two main issues relating to the Italian water sector. The first issue is the huge heterogeneity in the local technical elements and management of the water services provision. The second issue is the large need for new investments in order to pursue economic efficiency, environmental goals/sustainability, and quality in the water services provision. On these grounds, an asymmetric revenue-cap regulation has been set, and recently, incentives to “contractual” and “technical” quality have been included in the reformed regulation.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ARERA, The Italian Regulatory Authority for Energy, Networks and EnvironmentMilanItaly
  2. 2.Department of Economics and Management “Marco Fanno”University of PadovaPadovaItaly
  3. 3.National Research University, Higher School of Economics (NRU-HSE)MoscowRussian Federation

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