Adrift? Regulating offshore electricity transmission networks

With stakeholders looking to offshore wind as one of the mainstays of the UK’s renewable generation, how to regulate the network infrastructure has become something of a pressing issue. Tim Tutton, Oxera Senior Adviser, discusses the various options and considers the complexities of the regime that is currently being designed.

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Valuing intangible assets: a tangible improvement to competition policy?

The valuation of assets—particularly intangible assets—is the subject of ongoing debate in profitability analysis. In a recent market investigation, the UK Competition Commission’s valuation of a market participant’s intangible assets was significantly lower than the valuation presented by the company itself. An important intangible asset in that investigation was the cost of acquiring customers—what would have been an alternative basis on which to value this asset?

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No more Mr Nice Guy: 25 years of reforming competition and regulation rules

In the early 1980s competition law in the UK was of limited effectiveness, but was still used as the model for enforcing the new rules for utility regulation. Since that time both competition law and regulatory enforcement have been reformed, learning from each other (as well as from the EU). Fod Barnes, Oxera Principal, offers an idiosyncratic view of the processes of reform.

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