RWE and the Proposal for a German Electricity Regulator

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Alexander Dyck, Jose Gomez-Ibanez, Christopher Meier
Harvard Business School ()

In April 2001, Dietmar Kuhnt, CEO of German energy giant RWE, had to make a decision that affects the future of his company. Profits in the electricity sector were highly dependent on regulatory requirements that influenced the structure and prices of the industry. As a result of the liberalization, RWE had become one of the largest electricity groups in Germany and a multi-service company. Now the proposal was on the table to replace the largely frivolous regulatory model, which relies on negotiations between private parties, with a more traditional regulatory model from an industry-specific regulatory authority. Which regulatory regime is best suited to RWE’s ambitious growth and success strategy?

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