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Study of the economic consequences of completing an internal energy market

The European Commission, DG XV, has published an invitation to tender for the completion of a study on the economic consequences of completing an internal energy market.

The study should compare projections based on continuation of existing energy market structures, characterized by fragmentation into national markets, with scenarios involving evolving degrees of liberalization at Community level. The legislative and regulatory steps, as well as infrastructural developments, which are required to achieve a high level of market integration should be specified. Differences between these scenarios should be attributable, only to differences in the level of market integration, and should abstract from other considerations affecting gas and electricity sectors.

The consequences of integration should be described in terms of energy consumption and production patterns, and in terms of price and cost effects for certain categories of economic operator as well as for Member State economies and the EC as a whole. Analysis at the macro-level of the effects of integration should be based on a credible representation of an interconnected grid system and clear description of underlying production patterns. The gas and electricity markets should be examined separately.
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