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Canadian Natural Gas Exports to the United States: A Monopolistic Intertemporal Analysis

The appropriate level and pricing of energy exports to the United States have been actively debated aspects of Canadian public policy for many years. In particular, natural gas export levels and prices have been subject to the ebb and flow of public opinion over the past two decades as Canada has gone through cycles of apparent excess and short supply. Canada perennially faces the difficult task of trading off the large potential revenues that can be derived from using its natural gas resources for current gas exports against the value of conserving them for future domestic use. Such an evaluation depends critically on factors that are uncertain and preferences that are intertemporal. It must also take into account that domestic prices in Canada are not determined in a competitive market.

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Energy Specializations: Natural Gas – Pipelines ; Natural Gas – Markets and Prices

JEL Codes:
N5 -
L13 - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets

Keywords: Canadian natural gas exports, US, Public policy, Monopolistic intertemporal analysis

DOI: 10.5547/ISSN0195-6574-EJ-Vol5-No4-2

Published in Volume 5, Number 4 of The Quarterly Journal of the IAEE's Energy Economics Education Foundation.