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Title: Electricity retail competition: the case of the UK

Authors: Raphaël Homayoun Boroumand; Phillip A. Cartwright

Addresses: Paris School of Business, 59 rue Nationale, 75013 Paris, France ' Paris School of Business, 59 rue Nationale, 75013 Paris, France

Abstract: The objective of liberalising electricity supply was to create competitive retail markets where asset-light suppliers would compete on price. This paper explores the quantitative and dynamic relationship between domestic retail prices and the wholesale price since one would expect a symmetric pattern with a stable and low retail margin. In this article, taking the UK market for analysis, a time-series approach is applied to calculate the extent and timing of pass through between wholesale and retail price variations. The preliminary results indicate that the impact effect and long-run effects from the wholesale to the retail market is quite low.

Keywords: electricity supply; UK; retail market; competition; time-series; causality; long-run response.

DOI: 10.1504/IJGEI.2018.092330

International Journal of Global Energy Issues, 2018 Vol.41 No.1/2/3/4, pp.98 - 107

Received: 29 Jun 2017
Accepted: 24 Jan 2018

Published online: 14 Jun 2018 *

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