New gas in old pipes:opening the UK residential gas market to competition

Waddams, Catherine and Bennett, Matthew (1999) New gas in old pipes:opening the UK residential gas market to competition. Utilities Policy, 8 (1). pp. 1-15. ISSN 0957-1787

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The United Kingdom is introducing competition to its residential gas and electricity markets, the first such experiment on a national level. This paper analyses the behaviour of suppliers and consumers in the first market to be opened, based on suppliers' posted prices, two questionnaires to consumers and information from the incumbent. The results confirm predictions about the unwinding of cross-subsidies; a surprisingly small proportion of consumers are switching to other suppliers, and they are not evenly distributed across consumer groups, raising important policy questions about the future of regulation in such markets.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: competition,energy,regulation
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Responsible Business Regulation Group
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Centre for Competition Policy
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2013 11:48
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2023 23:48
DOI: 10.1016/S0957-1787(99)00010-7

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