Link Economics advises clients across a number of regulated sectors including airports, electricity, telecommunications, and water.
We advise on the design and development of regulatory frameworks that deliver long term benefits to consumers, while ensuring that shareholders are appropriately compensated for their investments. These frameworks include disclosure and monitoring through to more detailed types of regulatory interventions that set prices or revenue caps and enforce service quality requirements.
We are experienced in implementing a range of access pricing approaches including the use of utility-style building block models, “retail-minus” methodologies, and forward-looking efficient cost methodologies. For cost-based methodologies, we provide advice and estimation of key inputs such as the regulated rate of return, cost allocation methodologies, the estimation of depreciation, the calculation of operating expenses and the appropriate treatment of taxation and inflation.
Expert reports provide by our team have been submitted to regulators in the context of regulatory breach investigations.
Economic Regulation projects completed by Link Economics
Review of electricity distribution price-setting compliance statements
Review of airport landing fees
Fibre access regulation in New Zealand
Mobile termination regulation in New Zealand
International comparisons of wholesale broadband prices
Pricing methodology regulatory disclosures for electricity networks
Regulatory support for ActewAGL
Other services we offer
Competition & Antitrust
Our team’s experience includes preparing expert evidence that is submitted to competition authorities in the context of clearance and authorisation applications is used in market studies or is filed in legal proceedings.
Our work on infrastructure pricing has involved determining revenue requirements, deriving efficient price signals, modelling bill impacts and equity effects, and evaluating cost allocation methodologies.
Contact us today for expert economic guidance in infrastructure regulation, competition law, and pricing.
At Link Economics, we pride ourselves on our focus on quantitative economics that can be applied in practical commercial contexts. We use advanced economic and financial modeling techniques to provide clients with accurate and reliable guidance, and we are committed to presenting complex economic and financial concepts in a way that is accessible to a wide range of audiences.