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Single or Multiple Pricing in Electricity Pools?

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  • Ahmed Anwar

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    We present a 2 bidder multi-unit, common cost auction model with uncertain demand and capacity constraints which ensure that the participants sometimes face a residual market share. The model is motivated by electricity pools. We show that a single-price auction where the bidders can submit only one bid for all units weakly dominates an auction where the bidders can make multiple-price bids in terms of average prices. In the case of uniform price auctions we give an example where the dominance is strict.

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    Paper provided by Edinburgh School of Economics, University of Edinburgh in its series ESE Discussion Papers with number 143.

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    Date of creation: 01 Sep 2006
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    Handle: RePEc:edn:esedps:143

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    Keywords: Electricity Pool; Multi-Unit Auction; Revenue Ranking;

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