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(Revised November 1999)
National Power and the Privatization of the British Power Generation Industry
The British government privatized the nation's electric utility sector in 1991 through a complex process involving the restructuring of the industry as well as the creation of a new regulatory oversight body. National Power plc, the largest of the privatized power generators, has emerged as highly profitable under private ownership, yet faces challenges with respect to an increasingly hostile regulatory environment. In addition, the firm, under chairman John Baker, is debating whether to explore opportunities for expansion and diversification in foreign markets.
Governing Rules, Regulations, and Reforms;