One of the key objectives of regulated charges is to provide efficient price signals to elicit an efficient response by users and maximize social welfare. Nevertheless, current approaches in Europe and elsewhere mainly pursue cost recovery with less attention to economic efficiency. This paper addresses the development of sound and suitable natural gas network charges which should fulfil these and other regulatory principles that have economic and social implications. Considering the main principles as guiding criteria, we analyse Spain as an illustrative case. Current challenges in the design of natural gas charges are examined, and a novel methodology is proposed.
Keywords: Natural gas network charges design; Economic efficient principles; Spanish gas industry
Utilities Policy. Volume: 54 Pages: 22-36
Journal Impact Factor: JCR impact factor 2.098 (2017)
DOI reference: 10.1016/j.jup.2018.07.001
Published on paper: October 2018. Published on-line: July 2018.