Electricity | Article
Where the Champsaur commission has got it wrong
02 February 2011
BY: CRAMPES Claude, Jean-Michel Glachant, VON HIRSCHHAUSEN Christian, LÉVÊQUE François, NEWBERY David, Ignacio Pérez-Arriaga, Pippo Ranci, STOFT Steven, WILLEMS Bert
The Electricity Journal, 2009, Vol. 2, No. 7, pp. 81-86
One fairly unique feature of France is that it hosts a large ?eet of nuclear reactors. It is owned by the incumbent, EdF, and provides this 85-percent state-owned enterprise with an economic advantage to compete on price. Moreover, because the energy mix in continental Europe is unbalanced, French nuclear power generation bene?ts from an extra scarcity rent which is likely to last for a long time. Since the opening of the retail market to competition in July 2007, the allocation of this rent and the survival of EdF.
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