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UK Energy Policy and the End of Market Fundamentalism Synopsis

The UK has been at the forefront of the liberalisation of energy industries, privatising and then, over more than two decades, progressively ceding energy policy to market forces. Drawing a parallel between the effect of liberalisation on energy markets with the effect of liberalisation on financial markets, this book provides timely critical analyses of the impact of liberalisation on the UK's energy industries, both upstream and downstream. Divided into 16 chapters, it exposes why market fundamentalism has been controversial for the UK's oil, gas, coal, and electricity industries, each of which is addressed in specific chapters by authors with lengthy specialist experience. In the upstream, there are critical evaluations of the UK's petroleum fiscal regime, of the demise of the coal industry, of gas storage and wholesale markets, and of the electricity wholesale market. In the downstream, there are chapters on company strategies and power over consumers, fuel poverty, and the burden of regulation on companies. Together these two sections reveal why liberalisation has been costly and has resulted in higher prices for domestic consumers. The final section looks to the future. Are the UK's liberalised energy industries and markets equipped to deal with current and future challenges? How far does the market bring security of supply considerations into conflict with the environmental agenda? Can liberalised markets deliver more nuclear power, renewables, and CHP? How might EU policy change agendas in the UK? Whether we will need market redesign or more state control, is the question addressed by each author.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780199593002
Publication date: 3rd February 2011
Author: Ian (Director of SERIS (Sheffield Energy & Resources Information Services) and Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Unive Rutledge
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 448 pages
Categories: Energy industries & utilities, Environmental economics, Economic systems & structures, Sustainability,

About Ian (Director of SERIS (Sheffield Energy & Resources Information Services) and Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Unive Rutledge

Ian Rutledge is an economist and historian with a special interest in energy. He is Director of SERIS (Sheffield Energy & Resources Information Services) and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the University of Sheffield's Management School. After a period working in the coal industry, his subsequent research has embraced the corporate structure of the world gas industry, petroleum fiscal regimes, the development of the US oil economy, and UK energy policy. As well as publishing a large number of articles in academic journals, national newspapers, and the energy industry press, he is author of Addicted to Oil: America's Relentless Drive ...

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