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  • Electricity: Renewables and Smart Grids 2010

    The OECD Competition Committee debated the competition policy implications of increasing penetration of renewable energy. This document includes the written submissions from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, the European Union, France, Greece, Hungary, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States and BIAC as well as an aide-memoire of the discussion.

    Access Pricing in Telecommunications (2005) Competition Issues in the Electricity Sector (2003)

    Increasingly, governments are adopting targets for the share of electricity that would be generated by renewable sources, such as wind or solar power. The increasing output of renewable energy poses challenges for the electricity supply network, such as how to upgrade and reinforce the main backbone network, managing congestion, and ensuring that sufficient electricity will be available even when the renewable sources are not active. Renewable generation is variable, highly dependent on weather and time of day, and cannot always be turned on at will. But demand must be kept in balance at all times. The increasing penetration of intermittent generation raises the challenge of how to maintain the balance of supply and demand when renewable supply varies. Smart grids and smart meters are a cluster of innovations in metering and communications which allow for more small-scale generation and more efficient customer consumption decisions. One of the primary objectives of smart grid technologies is to increase the responsiveness of consumers to wholesale electricity market conditions. In particular, they can help to reduce consumer demand when supply is tight. This can happen, for example, by allowing pricing to vary over the course of the day based on wholesale costs. As an alternative, customers can be reimbursed for reducing their consumption at peak times.

  • Unclassified DAF/COMP(2010)10 Organisation de Coopération et de Développement Économiques Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development 04-May-2011

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    _____________ English, French DIRECTORATE FOR FINANCIAL AND ENTERPRISE AFFAIRS

    COMPETITION COMMITTEE

    ELECTRICITY: RENEWABLES AND SMART GRIDS

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    FOREWORD

    This document comprises proceedings in the original languages of a Roundtable, Electricity:

    Renewables and Smart Grids, held by the Competition Committee (Working Party No. 2 on Competition

    and Regulation) in February 2010.

    It is published under the responsibility of the Secretary General of the OECD to bring

    information on this topic to the attention of a wider audience.

    This compilation is one of a series of publications entitled "Competition Policy Roundtables".

    PRÉFACE

    Ce document rassemble la documentation dans la langue d'origine dans laquelle elle a été

    soumise, relative à une table ronde, Electricité : Energies Renouvelables et Réseaux Intelligents, qui s'est

    tenue en février 2010 dans le cadre du Comité de la concurrence (Groupe de Travail No. 2 sur la

    Concurrence et la Réglementation).

    Il est publié sous la responsabilité du Secrétaire général de l'OCDE, afin de porter à la

    connaissance d'un large public les éléments d'information qui ont été réunis à cette occasion.

    Cette compilation fait partie de la série intitulée "Les tables rondes sur la politique de la

    concurrence".

    Visit our Internet Site -- Consultez notre site Internet

    http://www.oecd.org/competition

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    OTHER TITLES

    SERIES ROUNDTABLES ON COMPETITION POLICY

    1. Competition Policy and Environment OCDE/GD(96)22

    2. Failing Firm Defence OCDE/GD(96)23

    3. Competition Policy and Film Distribution OCDE/GD(96)60

    4. Competition Policy and Efficiency Claims

    in Horizontal Agreements OCDE/GD(96)65

    5. The Essential Facilities Concept OCDE/GD(96)113

    6. Competition in Telecommunications OCDE/GD(96)114

    7. The Reform of International Satellite Organisations OCDE/GD(96)123

    8. Abuse of Dominance and Monopolisation OCDE/GD(96)131

    9. Application of Competition Policy to High Tech Markets OCDE/GD(97)44

    10. General Cartel Bans: Criteria for Exemption for Small and

    Medium-sized Enterprises OCDE/GD(97)53

    11. Competition Issues related to Sports OCDE/GD(97)128

    12. Application of Competition Policy to the Electricity Sector OCDE/GD(97)132

    13. Judicial Enforcement of Competition Law OCDE/GD(97)200

    14. Resale Price Maintenance OCDE/GD(97)229

    15. Railways: Structure, Regulation and Competition Policy DAFFE/CLP(98)1

    16. Competition Policy and International Airport Services DAFFE/CLP(98)3

    17. Enhancing the Role of Competition in the Regulation of Banks DAFFE/CLP(98)16

    18. Competition Policy and Intellectual Property Rights DAFFE/CLP(98)18

    19. Competition and Related Regulation Issues

    in the Insurance Industry DAFFE/CLP(98)20

    20. Competition Policy and Procurement Markets DAFFE/CLP(99)3

    21. Regulation and Competition Issues in Broadcasting in the light

    of Convergence DAFFE/CLP(99)1

    22. Relationship between Regulators and Competition Authorities DAFFE/CLP(99)8

    23. Buying Power of Multiproduct Retailers DAFFE/CLP(99)21

    24. Promoting Competition in Postal Services DAFFE/CLP(99)22

    25. Oligopoly DAFFE/CLP(99)25

    26. Airline Mergers and Alliances DAFFE/CLP(2000)1

    27. Competition in Professional Services DAFFE/CLP(2000)2

    28. Competition in Local Services DAFFE/CLP(2000)13

    29. Mergers in Financial Services DAFFE/CLP(2000)17

    30. Promoting Competition in the Natural Gas Industry DAFFE/CLP(2000)18

    31. Competition Issues in Electronic Commerce DAFFE/CLP(2000)32

    32. Competition and Regulation Issues

    in the Pharmaceutical Industry DAFFE/CLP(2000)29

    33. Competition Issues in Joint Ventures DAFFE/CLP(2000)33

    34. Competition Issues in Road Transport DAFFE/CLP(2001)10

    35. Price Transparency DAFFE/CLP(2001)22

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    36. Competition Policy in Subsidies and State Aid DAFFE/CLP(2001)24

    37. Portfolio Effects in Conglomerate Mergers DAFFE/COMP(2002)5

    38. Competition and Regulation Issues in Telecommunications DAFFE/COMP(2002)6

    39. Merger Review in Emerging High Innovation Markets DAFFE/COMP(2002)20

    40. Loyalty and Fidelity Discounts and Rebates DAFFE/COMP(2002)21

    41. Communication by Competition Authorities DAFFE/COMP(2003)4

    42. Substantive Criteria used for the Assessment of Mergers DAFFE/COMP(2003)5

    43. Competition Issues in the Electricity Sector DAFFE/COMP(2003)14

    44. Media Mergers DAFFE/COMP(2003)16

    45. Universal Service Obligations DAF/COMP(2010)13

    46. Competition and Regulation in the Water Sector DAFFE/COMP(2004)20

    47. Regulating Market Activities by Public Sector DAF/COMP(2004)36

    48. Merger Remedies DAF/COMP(2004)21

    49. Cartels: Sanctions against Individuals DAF/COMP(2004)39

    50. Intellectual Property Rights DAF/COMP(2004)24

    51. Predatory Foreclosure DAF/COMP(2005)14

    52. Competition and Regulation in Agriculture:

    Monopsony Buying and Joint Selling DAF/COMP(2005)44

    53. Enhancing Beneficial Competition in the Health Professions DAF/COMP(2005)45

    54. Evaluation of the Actions and Resources

    of Competition Authorities DAF/COMP(2005)30

    55. Structural Reform in the Rail Industry DAF/COMP(2005)46

    56. Competition on the Merits DAF/COMP(2005)27

    57. Resale Below Cost Laws and Regulations DAF/COMP(2005)43

    58. Barriers to Entry DAF/COMP(2005)42

    59. Prosecuting Cartels without Direct Evidence of Agreement DAF/COMP/GF(2006)7

    60. The Impact of Substitute Services on Regulation DAF/COMP(2006)18

    61. Competition in the Provision of Hospital Services DAF/COMP(2006)20

    62. Access to key Transport Facilities DAF/COMP(2006)29

    63. Environmental Regulation and Competition DAF/COMP(2006)30

    64. Concessions DAF/COMP/GF(2006)6

    65. Remedies and Sanctions DAF/COMP(2006)19

    66. Competition in Bidding Markets DAF/COMP(2006)31

    67. Competition and Efficient Usage of Payment cards DAF/COMP(2006)32

    68. Vertical mergers DAF/COMP(2007)21

    69. Competition and Regulation in Retail Banking DAF/COMP(2006)33

    70. Improving Competition in Real Estate Transactions DAF/COMP(2007)36

    71. Public Procurement – The Role of Competition Authorities

    in Promoting Competition DAF/COMP(2007)34

    72. Competition, Patents and Innovation DAF/COMP(2007)40

    73. Private Remedies DAF/COMP(2006)34

    74. Energy Security and Competition Policy DAF/COMP(2007