AbstractIn Australia, electricity supply is currently undergoing a comprehensive reform, including privatisation as transfer of assets previously owned by state governments, to investor-owned enterprises. Recent events however, involving a privatised electricity supplier in New Zealand, suggest this reform, in particular privatisation, may indeed have an impact upon the quality of service to the customer, which originally had not been foreseen.
This dissertation discusses what influence privatisation might have on reliability of electricity supply in Australia, what incentives managers of the Australian electricity supply industry (ESI) might have to maintain reliability high, and what opportunities might then open up for suppliers to the ESI.
The relevance of this dissertation derives from the fact it assesses a current reform process, and its originality resides in dealing with an set of issues which, until present, have apparently not been paid sufficient attention - in spite of the crucial importance of a highly reliable electricity supply, for the Australian economy.
|Date of Award||Jul 1998|
|Supervisor||Pascal Tremblay (Supervisor)|