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Iñigo del Guayo, Lee Godden, Donald D. Zillman, Milton Fernando Montoya, and José Juan González

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198860754

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198860754.001.0001

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Energy Justice Along the ‘New Silk Road’

Energy Justice Along the ‘New Silk Road’

Balancing Investors’ and Consumers’ Rights in Central Asia

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Energy Justice and Energy Law

Anatole Boute

Oxford University Press

Central Asia holds massive energy reserves, but its energy systems are generally unreliable and inefficient. Although the region’s energy prices are amongst the lowest in the world, increasing prices to improve utilities’ financial situations and ensuring the urgently needed investments are made are issues of high social and political sensitivity. Popular discontent with tariff increases has already helped to trigger regime change in Kyrgyzstan in 2010. Given the sensitivity of energy price increases and tight budgetary constraints in the region, what legal options are available to restore utilities’ financial viability without jeopardizing the affordability of energy supply? Focusing on procedural justice, this chapter argues that domestic courts have an important role to play in balancing utilities’ right to cost-recovery tariffs and consumers’ rights to affordable energy supply.

Keywords:   Belt and Road, electricity, consumer protection, energy poverty, energy justice, energy market reform

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