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A lucid and up-to-date introduction to understanding electrical power utilities in an era of change

Electric utilities worldwide are undergoing profound transformations: nationally owned systems are becoming privatized, privately owned systems that were previously regulated are becoming deregulated, and national systems are becoming international.

Professionals in the power sector must now work in a new world in which an understanding of the principles of markets and how to evaluate investment projects under competition are essential.

This text was written as a manual for the Russian Federal Energy Commission to train regional electricity rate regulators in the principles of economics and finance involved in regulating electricity markets and deregulating electricity generation. Requiring no familiarity with economics and using a minimum of mathematics, this book provides professionals in the power sector with the tools to face the new realities of electric utility operation.

Designed both as a reference for practicing professionals and as a textbook for university and continuing education programs, Electricity Economics: Regulation and Deregulation discusses:

  • The lessons learned from international experiences
  • Competitive versus noncompetitive markets
  • Cost and supply, profit, and economic efficiency
  • The cost of capital, including net present value, discounting, and risk and return
  • Wholesale power markets, generation expansion, and customer choice
  • Specific international examples including the Californian, Norwegian, Spanish, and Argentine power sectors
  • Plus numerous exercises to help clarify and support absorption of the concepts
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Editorial Reviews

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"This training guide requires no familiarity with economics and uses a minimum of mathematics to provide power sector professionals with the tools to face change." (Business Horizons, September-October 2004)

“...this collection is devoted tot he challenges that lie ahead in this area.” (Business Horizons, Vol. 47, No. 2, March/April 2004)

"...a useful addition to the introductory literature on electricity market deregulation..." (The Journal of Energy Literature, Vol.1X, No.1, 2003)

"...produced for...the thousands of professionals…who need to understand the underlying changes that are occurring...the value of this primer is that it covers many topics of regulatory economics...applicable to restructured electricity markets and introduces the reader to electricity markets..." (Energy Journal)

"This book, sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, is really an economics tutorial. It could well be worth millions of dollars to the right industry niche players... I highly recommend this title for anyone playing in this niche financial and energy market." (Business Information Alert, Vol. 15, No. 9, October 2003)

"…I would recommend this book for self-study for any engineer…" (IEEE Power & Energy Magazine, July/Aug 2003)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471234371
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/14/2003
  • Series: IEEE Press Series on Power Engineering Series , #12
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

GEOFFREY ROTHWELL is a senior lecturer in the Department of Economics at Stanford University and a senior research associate at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. He received his MS and PhD at the University of California, Berkeley. 

TOMÁS GÓMEZ is a professor of electrical engineering at Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid, Spain. He is currently Vice Rector of Research and formerly was the director of the Instituto de Investigación Tecnológica at the same university.

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Table of Contents



Electricity Regulation and Deregulation.

Electricity Economics.

The Cost of Capital.

Electricity Regulation.

Competitive Electricity Markets.

The California Power Sector (Ryan Wiser, et al.).

The Norwegian and Nordic Power Sectors (Helle Grønli).

The Spanish Power Sector.

The Argentine Power Sector.



Author Index.

Subject Index.

About the Authors.

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