April 1, 2003
Harvard Electricity Policy Group, John F. Kennedy School of Government
Jurisdictions have overlapping authority regarding electricity restructuring when a national authority and subnational regional governments - for example, states - both have a say. The initial section of this paper reviews the division of regulatory authority over electricity markets in the United States, constitutional provisions, recent developments and how federalist concerns have been manifested in antitrust and telecommunication. The analysis suggests that transmission and environmental regulation should be set on a regional or national level. The paper concludes with brief discussion of non-efficiency ethical criteria and transnational considerations.
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