New Zealand Herald, page(s): 3
April 22, 2014
The desire to "reboot" the New Zealand electricity supply industry is understandable, but it is almost certainly not the best course of action. As a participant in many electricity industry restructuring processes around the world, one important lesson that I have learned is that all reforms start with significant unintended defects that can only be eliminated through a rigorous ongoing analysis of market outcomes and targeted regulatory reforms.
Many features of the current industry are consistent with international best-practice and a number of positive changes have been implemented since I completed my report for the Commerce Commission in 2009.
Continuing these efforts to identify and fix flaws in the existing market is likely to provide greater long-term benefits than undertaking a major restructuring of the industry.