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

Tooraj Jamasb*, Michael Pollitt

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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.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEnergy Policy
Issue number15
Pages (from-to)1609-1622
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Benchmarking
  • Incentive regulation
  • Performance analysis

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