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Market power in the Nordic electricity wholesale market: A survey of the empirical evidence

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  • Fridolfsson, Sven-Olof
  • Tangerås, Thomas P.

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We review the recent empirical research assessing market power on the Nordic wholesale market for electricity, Nord Pool. The studies find no evidence of systematic exploitation of system level market power on Nord Pool. Local market power arising from transmission constraints seems to be more problematic in some price areas across the Nordic countries. Market power can manifest itself in a number of ways that have so far escaped empirical scrutiny. We discuss investment incentives, vertical integration and buyer power, as well as withholding of base-load (nuclear) capacity.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Energy Policy.

Volume (Year): 37 (2009)
Issue (Month): 9 (September)
Pages: 3681-3692

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Handle: RePEc:eee:enepol:v:37:y:2009:i:9:p:3681-3692

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Keywords: Market power Hydro power Transmission constraints;

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  1. Angelica Gianfreda & Luigi Grossi, 2011. "Forecasting Italian Electricity Zonal Prices with Exogenous Variables," Working Papers 01/2011, University of Verona, Department of Economics.
  2. Vítor Marques & Isabel Soares & Adelino Fortunato, 2012. "Application of a Structural Model to the Spanish Electricity Wholesale Market," European Research Studies Journal, European Research Studies Journal, vol. 0(Special I), pages 65-108.
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  7. Vítor Marques & Adelino Fortunato & Isabel Soares, 2010. "Application of a structural model to a wholesale electricity market: The Spanish market from January 1999 to June 2007," GEMF Working Papers 2011-02, GEMF - Faculdade de Economia, Universidade de Coimbra.
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