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Martha M. Roggenkamp, Lila Barrera-Hernández, Donald N. Zillman, and Iñigo del Guayo

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199645039

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199645039.001.0001

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Law and Regulation for Energy Networks in New Zealand

Law and Regulation for Energy Networks in New Zealand

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Energy Networks and the Law

Barry Barton

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents an overview of energy network regulation in New Zealand. One can identify different periods in the nation's recent legal history in liberalization and regulation. In being influenced by neoliberalism in economic law and policy, and then by a movement away from it, New Zealand is in the mainstream of thinking in developed countries. However, it embraced neoliberalism more completely than many countries, and for many years it left monopoly energy networks unregulated as to prices, third party access, and the like; the presumption that price control was unnecessary lasted until 2008. The second phase in establishing formal regulatory control of networks corrected the shortcomings of the first phase, and recognized the inefficacy of light-handed regulation.

Keywords:   energy network regulation, energy networks, liberalization, neoliberalism

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