Book review of Le génie français by Michel Guénaire and Témoignage by Nicolas Sarkozy.  28 Energy L. J. 221 (2007) (copyright 2007 Energy Bar Association)

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"Le chemin difficile du réformateur: l'exp érience américaine", Energie News (published by "Les Echos") December 2003.

 

“Le législateur des Thuriens ordonna, que quiconque voudroit ou abolir une des vieilles loix, ou en establir une nouvelle, se présenteroit au peuple la corde au col : afin que si la nouvelleté n'estoit approuvée d'un chacun, il fust incontinent estranglé. . . . Ceux qui donnent le branle à un estat sont volontiers les premiers absorbés en sa ruine."

                 -- Montaigne, Essais, tome I, ch. 22

 

 

 

Selon M. Marston, l'évolution du secteur électrique aux USA vers 2003 semblait confirmer l'hésitation sage de Montaigne devant des " nouvelletés " dans la loi. Dans “Le chemin difficile du réformateur”, paru en 2003, M. Marston comparait les réformes des marchés du gaz et d’électricité aux USA.  Dans le gaz, la volonté de changement est venue des 1983 d'acteurs économiques qui militaient pour un accès des tiers aux réseaux.  Dans l'électricité, en revanche, la réforme dans les annees 90 est sortie des théoriciens et en fait a servi à protéger les électriciens plutôt qu'à instaurer un véritable modèle concurrentiel. *

 

The Thurian lawmaker commanded that whoever should abolish an old law or establish a new one should present himself to the people with a noose around his neck, so that if the innovation was not approved, he should be instantly hanged. . . . Those who upset an established order are the first caught up in its ruin.

-- Montaigne, Essais, vol. I, ch. 22

 

According to Mr. Marston, the evolution of the US electric markets around 2003 seemed to confirm Montaigne’s wise hesitation in the face of legal innovation.  In “Le chemin difficile du réformateur”, published in 2003, Mr. Marston compared the reforms of the American gas and electric markets.  For gas, the desire for change came from the economic stakeholders themselves, who argued for third party access to the pipeline grid.  For electricity, however, reform in the 1990s came from the theoreticians and in fact served more to protect the electric utilities than to create a true competitive market.

Article from the Energy Law Journal, Vol. 12, Number 1, 1991  (copyright 1991 Energy Bar Association)

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In 2002, Mr. Marston conceived and conducted the Grid Enhancement Project for the Center for the Advancement of Energy Markets.  The final report, “Chips, HiTS, Bits, and Bytes: Building the Powerline Paradigm” is available here.  The Project concluded with a role-reversal seminar in which opinion leaders in the industry and government "stepped into each other's shoes" to try to structure transactions deploying the various new technological tools for addressing a series of hypothetical problems modeled on real world grid performance problems. For further information on the role reversal seminar, please contact Mr. Marston.

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