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  • PPPs - Apr 2014David Hall

    PPPs are now being promoted worldwide by global institutions and consultants. Development banks, national governments, the EU and donor agencies are providing subsidised public finance specifically for PPPs. Countries subject to IMF regimes, and other developing countries, are being subjected to political pressures and marketing campaigns.  But experience over the last 15 years shows that PPPs are an expensive and inefficient way of financing infrastructure and divert government spending away from other public services. They conceal public borrowing, while providing long-term state guarantees for profits to private companies.

    This report looks at the scale of PPPs, and the institutions promoting them; the lessons of experience with PPPs; and a process for systematic evaluation of PPPs against public sector options. It also sets out some ways of challenging PPP policies and programmes, and offers advice to pension funds considering investing in PPPs.

  • Who owns Britain’s energy networks and does it matter? - Feb 2014Steve Thomas

     This report reviews recent changes in the ownership of electricity and gas networks in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland).

  • PSIRU Newsletter No 1 - Jan 2014Jane Lethbridge

    PSIRU Newsletter No 1 December 2013 - covering events attended by PSIRU researchers, recent PSIRU publications, company changes and 'in-the-pipeline' World Bank projects

  • Energy 2013: International Financial Institutions and financing of energy Investments - Jan 2014
    David Hall
    Sandra Van Niekerk
    Steve Thomas
    Tue Anh Nguyen

    This report examines the activities of the international financial insitutions (IFIs), and their effect on finance for the energy sector, through their preferences for private companies and insistence on eliminating price subsidies. It also sets out how investments to extend electricity networks and develop new electricity generation depend largely on public finance. An annexe lists current IFI projects affecting the energy sector.

  • Energy 2013: Liberalisation, privatisation and public ownership - Jan 2014
    David Hall
    Sandra Van Niekerk
    Steve Thomas
    Tue Anh Nguyen

    This paper reviews the global trends in privatisation and liberalisation in the energy sector, and the development of remunicipalisation and renationalisation  in Germany and elsewhere.

  • Energy 2013: Multinationals in electricity and gas 2013 - Jan 2014
    David Hall
    Sandra Van Niekerk
    Steve Thomas
    Tue Anh Nguyen

    A report on the activities of 29 companies operating internationally in electricity generation, transmission and distribution. Includes stock exchange, private equity, and state-owned companies, based in Europe, north America, latin America, China, other Asian countries, and Africa and middle east.

  • Energy 2013: Renewable energy: a global review - Jan 2014
    David Hall
    Sandra Van Niekerk
    Steve Thomas
    Tue Anh Nguyen

    The growth in renewable energy is leading to changes in the structure of the electricity industry. This paper examines a number of aspects of these changes:

    • The relative role of the public and private sectors. 
    • Restructuring in high income countries, including Germany and the UK 
    • opportunities in developing countries to use sources of renewable energy to extend systems that can provide universal connections, through the public sector, including in Africa and Latin America.
    • Renewables and ‘off-grid’ energy in developing countries
  • MNCs in Electricity and Gas 2013 - Dec 2013David Hall

    This report provides updates on 29 multinational companies active in the energy sector in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Americas, Middle East and Europe. 

  • Briefing on tax justice issues - Africa - Dec 2013Jane Lethbridge

    This report provides a briefing on tax justice in Africa, highlighting the following issues: the importance of taxation, tax havens and off-shore finance, tax base erosion and profit-shifting (BEPS) and ways of addressing tax evasion.

  • Briefing on tax justice issues - Asia-Pacific QPS Forum - Dec 2013Jane Lethbridge

    This report provides a briefing on tax justice in the Asia-Pacific region, highlighting the following issues: the importance of taxation, tax havens and off-shore finance, tax base erosion and profit-shifting (BEPS) and ways of addressing tax evasion.

     

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