Climate change policy and its effect on market power in the gas market
David M Newbery ()
Cambridge Working Papers in Economics from Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge
The European Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) limits CO2 emissions from covered sectors, especially electricity until December 2007, after which a new set of Allowances will be issued. The paper demonstrates that the impact of controlling the quantity rather than the price of carbon is to reduce the elasticity of demand for gas, amplifying the market power of gas suppliers, and also amplifying the impact of gas price increases on the price of electricity. A rough estimate using just British data suggests that this could increase gas market power by 50%.
Keywords: Climate change; emissions trading; market power; gas; quotas vs taxes (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q54 Q58 L94 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Journal Article: Climate Change Policy and Its Effect on Market Power in the Gas Market (2008)
Working Paper: Climate Change Policy and its Effect on Market Power in the Gas Market (2006)
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