Ideas for Developing Asia and the Pacific

Call for Papers on Electricity Markets in Transition: Privatization, Competition, and Regional Cooperation


Electricity Markets in Transition: Privatization, Competition, and Regional Cooperation
Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), Asian Development Bank (ADB), and Energy Economics Journal
Tokyo, Japan

The liberalization of the global electricity sector has subjected electricity markets to varying levels of competition and regulation.

The pursuit of a European single market has promoted significant market harmonization and integration among national and cross-border electricity markets. In Latin America, decarbonization and security of supply policies have fostered hybrid market models combining electricity markets with central planning and long-term risk transfer arrangements. In Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, power sector reforms have proven much more difficult than anticipated and remain a work in progress in some countries while having completely stalled or reversed in many others.

Growing demand for electricity and investment in the sector in Asia and the Pacific is prompting the region’s developing economies to strengthen their energy reform agendas while taking into account the need to raise the share of renewable energy in electricity generation.

Against this backdrop, ADBI and ADB are seeking paper submissions for a special issue of the journal Energy Economics highlighting electricity reform experiences and lessons learned. The aim is to help guide electricity sector planning and design for developing economies in Asia and the Pacific and beyond.

Papers may address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Electricity market reform and integration
  • Cross-border trade and regional electricity cooperation
  • Privatization of power markets
  • Role of government in liberalization
  • Private investments in electricity markets
  • Unlocking private finance
  • Energy security and electricity restructuring
  • Security of supply and decarbonization
  • Energy efficiency
  • Regulation and competition
  • Green energy
  • Energy market liberalization and the environment

Submission Procedure

Authors should submit their full manuscript in English to [email protected] by 31 March 2020. The paper submission deadline is not extendable.

Contributors should clearly indicate in their submissions that the paper is submitted to the special issue on “Electricity Markets in Transition: Between Competition and Regulation.” All papers must adhere to the “Guideline for Contributors” of the journal Energy Economics.

Selected papers will be announced by May 2020.

Authors of selected papers will be invited to a paper development workshop hosted by ADBI on 24–25 September 2020 in Wollongong, Australia. Selected papers will then be submitted for inclusion in the Energy Economics special issue to be published by December 2020.

Guest Editors:

  • Naoyuki Yoshino, Dean and CEO, ADBI & Professor Emeritus, Keio University, Japan
  • Peter J. Morgan, ADBI
  • Rabindra Nepal, University of Wollongong, Australia (corresponding editor)
  • Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary, Tokai University, Japan (corresponding editor)