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Increasing Market Interconnection: An analysis of the Italian Electricity Spot Market

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  • Federico Boffa

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    (Department of Legal and Economic Studies, University of Macerata)

  • Viswanath Pingali

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    (Senior Manager, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Hyderabad, India)

  • Davide Vannoni

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    (Department of Economics and Public Finance "G. Prato", University of Torino)

Abstract

In this paper we estimate the benefits resulting from interconnecting the Italian electricity spot market. The market is currently divided into two geographic zones – North and South – with limited interzonal transmission capacity that often induces congestion, and hence potential inefficiency. By simulating a fully interconnected market, we predict that the total spot market expenditure would reduce substantially. Moreover, since savings do not increase linearly with the size of new transmission capacity, even a slight increment to transmission capacity is found to bring substantial benefits to end users. Finally, our analysis shows that the (partly State owned) dominant firm in the market is not maximizing short-term profits.

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Paper provided by Former Department of Economics and Public Finance "G. Prato", University of Torino in its series Working papers with number 4.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: May 2009
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Handle: RePEc:tur:wpaper:4

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Keywords: Transmission constraints; zonal pricing; congestion; electricity industry;

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  1. Bosco, Bruno & Parisio, Lucia & Pelagatti, Matteo, 2012. "Strategic bidding in vertically integrated power markets with an application to the Italian electricity auctions," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 34(6), pages 2046-2057.
  2. G. Papaioannou & P. Papaioannou & N. Parliaris, 2014. "Modeling the stylized facts of wholesale system marginal price (SMP) and the impacts of regulatory reforms on the Greek Electricity Market," Papers 1401.5452, arXiv.org.
  3. Andrea Petrella & Sandro Sapio, 2010. "No PUN intended: A time series analysis of the Italian day-ahead electricity prices," RSCAS Working Papers 2010/03, European University Institute.

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