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Market design for generation adequacy: Healing causes rather than symptoms

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  • Roques, Fabien A.

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This paper argues that electricity market reform - particularly the need for complementary mechanisms to remunerate capacity - need to be analysed in the light of the local regulatory and institutional environment. If there is a lack of investment, the priority should be to identify the roots of the problem. The lack of demand-side response, short-term reliability management procedures and non-market ancillary services provision often undermine market reflective scarcity pricing and distort long-term investment incentives. The introduction of a capacity mechanism should come as an optional supplement to wholesale and ancillary markets improvements. Priority reforms should focus on encouraging demand-side responsiveness and reducing scarcity price distortions introduced by balancing and congestion management through better dialog between network engineers and market operators.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Utilities Policy.

Volume (Year): 16 (2008)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 171-183

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Handle: RePEc:eee:juipol:v:16:y:2008:i:3:p:171-183

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  1. Paulus, Moritz & Grave, Katharina & Lindenberger, Dietmar, 2011. "A methodology to estimate security of supply in electricity generation: results for Germany until 2030 given a high level of intermittent electricity feed-in," EWI Working Papers 2011-10, Energiewirtschaftliches Institut an der Universitaet zu Koeln.
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  3. Vincent Rious, Fabien Roques and Yannick Perez, 2012. "Which electricity market design to encourage the development of demand response?," RSCAS Working Papers 2012/12, European University Institute.
  4. Arango, Santiago & Larsen, Erik, 2011. "Cycles in deregulated electricity markets: Empirical evidence from two decades," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 39(5), pages 2457-2466, May.
  5. Ingo Vogelsang, 2010. "Incentive Regulation, Investments and Technological Change," CESifo Working Paper Series 2964, CESifo Group Munich.

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