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Price Spikes in Electricity Markets: A Strategic Perspective

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This paper aims to analyze the issue of price spikes in electricity markets through the lens of noncooperative game theory. The case we consider is Australia’s long established National Electricity Market (NEM). Specifically, we adapt von der Fehr and Harbord’s multi-unit auction model to settings that more closely reflect the structure of the NEM, showing that price spikes can be related to a specifiable threshold in demand.

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Paper provided by School of Economics, University of Queensland, Australia in its series Energy Economics and Management Group Working Papers with number 05.

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Date of creation: Dec 2010
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Keywords: Electricity Markets; Spot Price Behaviour; Non-Cooperative Game Theory.;

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