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Electricity Transmission and Emerging Competition

Fortnightly Magazine - July 1 1995

workable consensus is near. The pieces have been implemented and tested elsewhere (em the most advanced version perhaps in Norway (em and proposed by a growing list of industry participants in the United States. The key to open, efficient transmission access in a network lies in coordination through a pool-based market that can support emerging competition. Network coordination provides the foundation for the voluntary pool-based model that could serve as the new consensus.8 Such a network-based approach would be more different than difficult, and would simplify the most vexing problems that won't go away. t

William W. Hogan is the Thornton Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy and Management at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and director, Putnam, Hayes & Bartlett, Inc., Cambridge MA. This article encapsulates a presentation given at the 1995 Public Utility Research Center Annual Conference, and draws on work for the Harvard Electricity Policy Group and the Harvard-Japan Project on Energy and the Environment. Many individuals have provided helpful comments, especially Robert Arnold, John Ballance, Jeff Bastian, Ashley Brown, John Chandley, Doug Foy, Don Garber, Scott Harvey, Jere Jacobi, Paul Joskow, Jim Kritikson, Dale Landgren, Amory Lovins, Howard Pifer, Susan Pope, Larry Ruff, Michael Schnitzer, Irwin Stelzer, Jan Strack, Julie Voeck, and Carter Wall. The views presented here are not necessarily attributable to any of the above mentioned individuals, and any remaining errors are solely the responsiblity of the author.

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