The not-for-profit, fully debt-funded and large scale outsourcing of Glas Cymru (GC) is unique in the England and Wales context, representing a fascinating case in water industry structure and regulation. This paper examines the suitability, desirability and wider feasibility of the GC model, compared with other water industries within the EU in general, and private-equity funded water companies in England in particular. Whilst GC's structure seems both suitable and desirable for its specific situation, research indicates that a particular set of circumstances surrounding GC's creation including advantages of timing and political support from the Welsh Assembly Government, may make more widespread feasibility of such a structure unrealistic within current regulatory structures for the water industry.
|Pages (from-to)||211 - 234|
|Number of pages||23|
|Journal||Competition and Regulation in Network Industries|
|Publication status||Published - 31 Dec 2009|
- water industry
- debt funding