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Te weinig investeren in nieuwe elektriciteitscentrales vergroot risico's op stroomuitval
Scheepers, M.J.J.; Beus, J. de
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ECN Policy Studies 1-9-2002
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ECN-RX--03-004 Article (scientific)
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Published in: (Energie in cijfers: Trends) (), , , Vol., p.-.

Power failure: it can happen to every consumer. In the Netherlands,power failures usually do not last very long (i.e. less than one hour) and are mostly the result of a breakdown in the electricity grid. As soon as the problem is solved, electricity supply is resumed. The longer a power faillure takes, the more social and economic consequences there are. Fortunately, the chances of a power failllure occurring are quite small at the moment. This is mainly due to the way in which the need for power stations was handled until 1998. As a result there is still enough production capacity available. The introduction of the free market system in the electricity sector has lead to major changes in the decision-making process regarding power stations. As a result of the Californian electricity crisis of early 2001 and imminent shortages in a number of countries with liberalised markets, the question arises whether market parties will invest enough in new production capacity under these new circumstances. Can a liberalised electricity market ensure a steady and reliable electricity supply against reasonable tariffs? Or is additional government policy needed in view of the social importance of a reliable electricity supply?

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