Almost a reform: the new German support scheme for renewable electricity

After protracted negotiations with the European Commission and an intense national debate, the German renewable energy law has come into force (EEG 2014). It comes at a time when the German large-scale transition to renewable electricity production (the Energiewende ) is beset by rising costs and fading popular support. What are the principal features of the EEG 2014?

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Retail competition in water: next steps

The Water Act 2014 provides the legislative framework for the introduction in April 2017 of non-household water retail competition in England. To start preparing for the new competitive market arrangements, OpenWater held a series of industry workshops. What issues were raised at the workshops, and what are the next steps for the industry?

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What does it cost to clear securities? Benchmarking of financial centres

For some time, financial regulators across the world have been looking at the appropriate market structure for securities trading and post-trading services. An international comparison of the costs of these services can provide powerful insights into the performance of different market structures. This article provides such an assessment, taking the perspective of an Australian investor, to inform the ongoing debate about the role of competition in the provision of clearing services

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The net neutrality debate

Policymakers in Europe and the USA have recently made important proposals in the area of net neutrality that affect end-users, operators and providers, but these have sparked controversy. Marc Lebourges, Europe and Economics Regulation Director at Orange, explains the basis of this controversy and explores the insights that economic analysis can provide. He then presents the implications of the debate for network operators such as Orange

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Is the ride right? Transportation network companies and taxicabs

Taxi operators in major cities across the world are facing competition from entrants with a new business model: the ability for consumers to book drivers via smartphone applications, who use their private cars to carry passengers. In August 2014, Berlin became the latest city to ban Uber, a smartphone-powered transportation company, under threat of a large fine. Against strong opposition from taxi operators, how should policymakers react?

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