The Spanish Competition Authority fines electricity distributors for abusing their dominant positions in the power distribution market by restricting competition in the neighboring market for the provision of electrical installation services (Unión Fenosa and Hidrocantábrico)

On 20 September 2011, the Council of the Spanish Competition Commission (hereinafter «the Council«, «the SCC«) imposed a combined fine of €2,313,000 on electricity distributors Unión Fenosa Distribución, S.A. («Unión Fenosa«) and Hidrocantábrico Distribución Eléctrica, S.A.U. («Hidrocantábrico«) for abusing their dominant position in the power distribution market by restricting competition in the neighbouring market for the provision of electrical installation services. According to the Council, both companies took advantage of the information that they are legally entitled to obtain from consumers of electricity as power distributors (a regulated activity) to benefit their respective businesses in neighbouring non-regulated activities. Although each company was sanctioned in different

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Casto Gonzalez-Paramo, Sara Salvador, The Spanish Competition Authority fines electricity distributors for abusing their dominant positions in the power distribution market by restricting competition in the neighboring market for the provision of electrical installation services (Unión Fenosa and Hidrocantábrico), 20 September 2011, e-Competitions Bulletin September 2011, Art. N° 39273

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