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Long-term contracting in hydro-thermal electricity generation: welfare and environmental impact

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  • de Villemeur, Étienne
  • Vinella, Annalisa

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We consider electricity generation industries where thermal operators imperfectly compete with hydro operators that manage a (scarce) water stock stored in reservoirs over a natural cycle. We explore how the exercise of intertemporal market power affects social welfare and environmental quality. We show that, as compared to the outcome of spot markets, long-term contracting either exacerbates or alleviates price distortions, depending upon the consumption pattern over the water cycle. Moreover, it induces a second-order environmental effect that, in the presence of a thermal competitive fringe, is critically related to the thermal market shares in the different periods of the cycle. We conclude by providing policy insights.

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Paper provided by Institut d'Économie Industrielle (IDEI), Toulouse in its series IDEI Working Papers with number 628.

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Date of creation: 13 Jul 2010
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Publication status: Published in Utilities Policy, vol.�19, n°1, janvier 2011, p.�20-32.
Handle: RePEc:ide:wpaper:22882

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  1. Wu, Xin-wang & Zhu, Quan-tao & Sun, Laixiang, 2012. "On equivalence between Cournot competition and the Kreps–Scheinkman game," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 30(1), pages 116-125.
  2. Billette de Villemeur, Etienne & Pineau, Pierre-Olivier, 2013. "Integrating Thermal and Hydro Electricity Markets: Economic and Environmental Costs of not Harmonizing Pricing Rules," MPRA Paper 55619, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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