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Extended Price Cap Mechanism for Efficient Transmission Expansion under Nodal Pricing

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  • Makoto Tanaka

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This paper examines the regulatory incentive mechanisms for efficient investment in the transmission network under the ISO and Gridco institutional framework. By considering a new element associated with power flow, we develop an extended price cap mechanism that can properly internalize technological externalities among transmission lines. We show that the new mechanism can induce the Gridco to achieve the long-term optimal capacity expansion in the presence of technological externalities, while the ISO continuously promotes efficient capacity utilization in the short run under nodal pricing. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Networks and Spatial Economics.

Volume (Year): 7 (2007)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 257-275

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Handle: RePEc:kap:netspa:v:7:y:2007:i:3:p:257-275

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Keywords: Nodal pricing; Transmission capacity; Profit constraint; Incentive regulation; Price cap;

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  1. Dagobert L. Brito & Juan Rosellón, 2010. "Lumpy Investment in Regulated Natural Gas Pipelines: An Application of the Theory of the Second Best," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 1024, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
  2. Jonas Egerer & Juan Rosellón & Wolf-Peter Schill, 2013. "Power System Transformation towards Renewables: An Evaluation of Regulatory Approaches for Network Expansion," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 1312, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
  3. Tanaka, Makoto, 2009. "Transmission-constrained oligopoly in the Japanese electricity market," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 31(5), pages 690-701, September.
  4. Juan Rosellon & Ingo Vogelsang & Hannes Weigt, 2009. "Long-run Cost Functions for Electricity Transmission," Working papers DTE 465, CIDE, División de Economía.
  5. Rosellon, Juan & Tregear, Juan & Zenon, Eric, 2010. "El modelo HRV para expansión óptima de redes de transmisión: una aplicación a la red eléctrica de Ontario
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