Title: The relevance of cross-border transmission capacities for competition in the continental European electricity market

Authors: Reinhard Haas, Hans Auer, Thomas Faber, Erich Wagner

Addresses: Energy Economics Goup (EEG), Vienna University of Technology, A-1040 Vienna, Austria. ' Energy Economics Goup (EEG), Vienna University of Technology, A-1040 Vienna, Austria. ' Energy Economics Goup (EEG), Vienna University of Technology, A-1040 Vienna, Austria. ' Energieallianz Austria Gmbh, A-1100 Vienna, Austria

Abstract: Competition in the European electricity markets is stagnating. To intensify cross-border competition, many experts and publications by the European Commission and other European organisations call for extensions of cross-border transmission lines. Yet, the arguments for conducting these investments are poor. The core objective of this paper is to analyse the relevance of cross-border transmission lines for competition in an integrated Continental European electricity market and to discuss future options for enhancing competition.

Keywords: Central Europe; competition; cross-border trade; European electricity markets; transmission capacity.

DOI: 10.1504/IJGEI.2008.016340

International Journal of Global Energy Issues, 2008 Vol.29 No.1/2, pp.28 - 54

Published online: 20 Dec 2007 *

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