Reforming small electricity systems under political instability: The case of Nepal

Nepal, Rabindra and Jamasb, Tooraj (2012) Reforming small electricity systems under political instability: The case of Nepal. Energy Policy, 40 242-251. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2011.09.062

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Author Nepal, Rabindra
Jamasb, Tooraj
Title Reforming small electricity systems under political instability: The case of Nepal
Journal name Energy Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0301-4215
1873-6777
Publication date 2012-01-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.enpol.2011.09.062
Volume 40
Start page 242
End page 251
Total pages 10
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier Ltd
Language eng
Abstract This paper assesses the issues and options in reforming small electricity sector systems in general while citing Nepal as a specific case. Political instability and increasing electricity demand are two major complicating factors in power sector reform of small systems such as that of Nepal. Lessons from international experience suggest that measures such as cost-reflecting pricing, restructuring and independent regulation are important for the success of reforms. In small systems, the creation of an independent regulatory authority is more important than unbundling of the sector. In the present context of Nepal accounting separation of the main activities may be a pragmatic restructuring approach given the present political and market condition. As the systems gradually grow larger, vertical separation of the system and horizontal splitting of the generation segment and competition in organised wholesale market followed by privatisation remains an option in the long run.
Keyword Small electricity systems
Political stability
Regulation
Developing-Countries
Sector Reform
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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