International Benchmarking and Regulation: An Application to European Electricity Distribution Utilities

Tooraj Jamasb*, Michael Pollitt

*Corresponding author af dette arbejde

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Due to a shortage of data and increased international mergers, national energy regulators are looking to international benchmarking analyses for help in setting price controls within incentive regulation. We present an international benchmarking study of 63 regional electricity distribution utilities in six European countries that aims to illustrate the methodological and data issues encountered in the use of international benchmarking for utility regulation. The study examines the effect of the choice of benchmarking methods using DEA, COLS and SFA models. We discuss what problems of international benchmarking are highlighted by the study and how they can be overcome.
TidsskriftEnergy Policy
Udgave nummer15
Sider (fra-til)1609-1622
Antal sider14
StatusUdgivet - 2003
Udgivet eksterntJa


  • Benchmarking
  • Incentive regulation
  • Performance analysis