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Electric Choices: Deregulation and the Future of Electric Power (Paperback)
  • Electric Choices: Deregulation and the Future of Electric Power (Paperback)

Electric Choices: Deregulation and the Future of Electric Power (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 09/11/2006
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The electricity industry, one of the largest and most vital sectors of the U.S. economy, has changed dramatically in recent years. After being heavily regulated for more than a century by authorities at all levels, deregulation is taking center stage, allowing for enormous efficiency gains. Electric Choices explores the difficult questions surrounding deregulation and urges Americans to continue the transition to a market-based model.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742548763
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 372 g
Dimensions: 230 x 148 x 19 mm

The excellent book Electric Choices describes the promises of electricity deregulation, the mistakes made in the past, and the path to workable competition in this industry. Highly recommended. -- Richard J. Gilbert, former U.S. Deputy Assistant Attorney General
This excellent book provides an agenda out of the impasse in which the U.S. has found itself following the California energy debacle and the wider crisis in electric power. Electric Choices is a must read. -- Pablo T. Spiller, Professor of Business and Technology, University of California, Berkeley
Electric Choices should be mandatory reading for anyone interested in the electricity industry, and who wants to learn from the mistakes California made. These leading experts explain why and how well-run markets are the best deal electricity customers are going to find. -- G. Mitchell Wilk, former President, California Public Utilities Commission
Electric Choices is a superb book that addresses what we have learned from restructuring experiences to date and presents important methods from economics with which to analyze these basic questions. -- Peter Cramton, Professor of Economics, University of Maryland
Electric Choices provides theoretical, experimental, and empirical support for forging ahead to achieve efficiencies that will not come about in a regulated environment where utilities expect to recover their costs plus profit and have few incentives to respond energetically to customer demand. This book will move the reader beyond the electricity-restructuring impasse in the aftermath of the California debacle and the Northeast Blackout to find areas where deregulation is likely to be desirable. -- Peter M. Schwarz, Global Institute of Energy and Environmental Systems, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Electric Choices is a first-rate book featuring some of the nation's leading energy analysts and belongs on the bookshelf of every scholar, policy wonk, and utility executive. -- Ahmad Faruqui, principal, The Brattle Group
This collection by leading authorities on electricity industry restructuring should be valuable reading for those interested in learning from previous successes and failures in this important area of public policy. It contains both broader analytical pieces and case studies in the U.S. and abroad. The papers provide not only specific policy reforms but also methods by which to design and evaluate them. The coverage is broad, including creation of pricing innovations, demand-side behavior, the role of coordinating agents, investment decisions, distributed generation, and reliability. The volume should be of interest to analysts, business managers in a variety of industries, electricity customers, and public-policy makers. I recommend this book to all those interested in exploring both the larger issues and the subtleties of the topic, no matter which side of the policy debate they favor. -- Adam Rose, Professor of Energy, Environmental and Regional Economics, Department of Geography, Pennsylvania State University
This insightful work covers the major challenges still facing electricity restructuring, showing both the dangers and possibilities associated with regulatory change. Its breadth is impressive, as there are contributions on such diverse topics as market design, wholesale market power, transmission investment, system reliability, demand-side management, and the role of distributed generation. -- James D. Reitzes, Principal, The Brattle Group
Contributors to this volume are of high qualtiy and offer signicant insight into the way forward in the electric utility industry. This publication should be of interest to scholars, utility executives, and policy makers. Highly recommended. * CHOICE *

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