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Investments in Electricity Generation Capacity under Different Market Structures with Price Responsive Demand

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  • Anette Boom

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Investments in Generation Capacities by a social planner, by a monopolist and by two competing firms are compared when electricity demand is uncertain but price responsive. A unit price auction determines the electricity price when firms compete. Firms know the level of demand when they bid their capacities. With simultaneous capacity choices total capacities are always larger than with a monopoly if a subgame perfect equilibrium in pure strategies exists. With sequential capacity choices existence is always ensured and the aggregate capacity is smaller in the duopoly than with a monopolist if capacity costs are very low. Capacities always fall short of the socially efficient level.

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  1. Emmanuel Dechenaux & Dan Kovenock, 2005. "Tacit Collusion and Capacity Withholding in Repeated Uniform Price Auctions," UFAE and IAE Working Papers 645.05, Unitat de Fonaments de l'Anàlisi Econòmica (UAB) and Institut d'Anàlisi Econòmica (CSIC).
  2. Léautier, Thomas-Olivier, 2011. "The Visible Hand: Ensuring Optimal Investment in Electric Power Generation," IDEI Working Papers 605, Institut d'Économie Industrielle (IDEI), Toulouse, revised Mar 2013.

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