Title: The Impact of Liberalisation of the Electricity Market on the Hard Coal Mining Sector in Poland
Authors: KAMINSKI Jacek
Citation: ENERGY POLICY vol. 37 no. 3 p. 925-939
Publication Year: 2009
JRC N°: JRC47868
ISSN: 0301-4215
URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com
DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2008.10.027
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The liberalisation of the electricity market changed the conditions of operation not only for the power industry, but also for related sectors. One of the particularly sensitive industries in Poland is coal mining, which is the result of coal-based structure of electricity generation. As it is more difficult, in the liberalised market, to burden consumers with all the costs, electricity producers are eager to transfer the risk of operation to the suppliers. That increases uncertainty about the future of the hard coal industry. The aim of this paper was to quantitatively estimate the impact that liberalisation of the electricity markets may have on the coal mining sector in Poland. First of all, the possible areas of that impact were identified. Then the model, which involved detailed relations in the impact areas identified, was developed and employed to evaluate the performance of the mining sector. The comparison of scenarios of a monopolistic electricity sector with a liberalised one enabled an estimation of the scale of the impact on the mining sector to be made. The results showed that liberalisation causes decreased coal consumption and decreased operating profits in coal companies. However, some savings in electricity costs are possible for coal producers.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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