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Transforming China's electricity sector: Politics of institutional change and regulation

Kun-Chin Lin and Mika M. Purra

Energy Policy, 2019, vol. 124, issue C, 401-410

Abstract: The political failure of China's first independent regulator in a strategic industry – the State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC), 2002–2013 – provides a natural experiment to uncover fundamental challenges to a gradualist approach to electricity market formation. Taking a political institutional approach, we show that while it was largely predictable that the breakup of the monopolistic power industry in 2002 created bureaucratic and corporate interests that would undercut the institutional role of SERC, subsequent difficulties in reforming electricity pricing, dispatch system, and integrating renewable energy sources strongly suggests that a central regulatory body would be necessary to lead a decisive transition to a market-based electricity market.

Keywords: Electricity market; Renewable energy; Independent regulator; Price reform; Dispatch system; China (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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