Electricity Industry Reforms in Thailand: A Historical Review

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dc.contributor.author Wattana, S
dc.contributor.author Sharma, D
dc.contributor.author Vaiyavuth, R
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-28T09:44:09Z
dc.date.issued 2008-01
dc.identifier.citation GMSARN International Journal, 2008, 2 (2), pp. 41 - 52
dc.identifier.issn 1905-9094
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/8579
dc.description.abstract The Thai Electricity Supply Industry (ESI) has been undergoing reform since the early 1990s. The first stage of reform resulted in the introduction of Independent Power Producers (IPPs) and Small Power Producers (SPPs) programs. This was followed by, in the mid-to-late 1990s, a proposal to introduce a market-oriented reform. This reform program envisaged the separation of generation from transmission and distribution functions; introduction of competition in generation; development of new market-oriented regulatory arrangements, and the privatization of the industry. This reform, argued its proponents, will improve the efficiency of the electricity industry; lower electricity tariffs; improve quality of service; draw private investment into power generation sector; reduce the governments investment burden of financing expensive electricity infrastructure and hence enhance its capacity for investing in other priority programs such as health, education and other social activities. This paper examines the veracity of these arguments. This examination is assisted by a historical review of the evolution of the Thai Electricity Supply Industry (ESI). This review reveals that the above noted arguments are unsupportable on the basis of the technological, economic, environmental, social and political realities prevalent in Thailand. This paper further emphasizes the need to clearly identify the `real rationale for reform so that an appropriate reform pathway consonant with socio-political contexts in Thailand could be selected.
dc.title Electricity Industry Reforms in Thailand: A Historical Review
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent GMSARN International Journal
dc.journal.volume 2
dc.journal.number 2 en_US
dc.publocation P.O. Box 4, Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120, Thailand en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 41 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 52 en_US
dc.cauo.name FEIT.School of Systems, Management and Leadership en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 090599 Civil Engineering Not Elsewhere Classified
dc.for 091305 Energy Generation, Conversion and Storage Engineering
dc.for 050205 Environmental Management
dc.personcode 910817
dc.personcode 10474207
dc.percentage 70 en_US
dc.classification.name Environmental Management en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords Electricity Supply Industry, Historical Review, Reform, Thailand en_US
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology/School of Elec, Mech and Mechatronic Systems
utslib.copyright.status Open Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:23:47.074767+10
utslib.collection.history General (ID: 2)

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