The EU Commission re-examines a previously compatible Irish State aid scheme in light of the 2005 and 2012 SGEI packages (Electricity Supervisory Board)

Sale of Public Assets, SGEI and Electricity Levies* Main points Revenue from levies on electricity users is most likely to constitute State resources. Public service obligations can be transferred from one electricity-generating company to another. Compensation for public service obligations may distinguish between controllable and uncontrollable costs. Performance benchmarking can be used as a means for inducing efficiency. Electricity levies may not directly or indirectly discriminate against imported electricity. Introduction This is a rich case that touches on a variety of issues: privatisation, electricity levies and State resources, services of general economic interest, novel methods of calculating compensation and the compatibility of levies with free trade. Background: The

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Phedon Nicolaides, The EU Commission re-examines a previously compatible Irish State aid scheme in light of the 2005 and 2012 SGEI packages (Electricity Supervisory Board), 18 September 2013, e-Competitions September 2013, Art. N° 68587

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