The implications of Brexit for the electricity sector in Great Britain: trade-offs between market integration and policy influence

Lockwood, Matthew, Froggatt, Antony, Wright, Georgina and Dutton, Joseph (2017) The implications of Brexit for the electricity sector in Great Britain: trade-offs between market integration and policy influence. Energy Policy, 110. pp. 137-143. ISSN 0301-4215

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Abstract

This paper examines the trade-off between the economic gains to Great Britain (GB) from being integrated into the EU electricity market on the one hand and a loss of influence over policy and rule making on the other. The aim is not to predict how this trade-off will be resolved in practice, but rather to lay out what is at stake on both sides of the equation. Since the late 2000s the electricity market in GB has become increasingly integrated with continental European markets through market coupling and increasing interconnection capacity, with further integration expected up to the mid-2020s. Estimates of the economic benefits of this integration range up to the order of several £100 m to £1bn a year, representing the economic cost of a reversal of such integration. On the other hand, maintaining and expanding electricity market integration would require the acceptance of electricity policies and regulations made in European institutions in which UK actors would have little if any voice. An intermediate multilateral approach offering the possibility of retaining market integration with less cost in terms of influence is proposed.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General) > JF1338 Public administration
Depositing User: Matthew Lockwood
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2019 10:52
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2019 15:53
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/81922

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