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The Nordic Market: Signs of Stress?


  • Nils-Henrik M. von der Fehr, Eirik S. Amundsen and Lars Bergman


The supply shock that hit the Nordic electricity market in 2002-2003 put the market to a severe test. A sharp reduction in inflow to hydro reservoirs during the normally wet months of late autumn pushed electricity prices to unprecedented levels. We take this event as the starting point for analysing some potential weaknesses of the Nordic market. We conclude that fears regarding supply security and adequacy are likely to be unfounded. Nevertheless, as inherited over-capacity is eroded, and new market-based environmental regulation takes effect, tighter market conditions are to be expected. It is then crucial that retail markets are fully developed so as to allow consumers to adequately protect themselves from occurrences of price spikes.

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  • Nils-Henrik M. von der Fehr, Eirik S. Amundsen and Lars Bergman, 2005. "The Nordic Market: Signs of Stress?," The Energy Journal, International Association for Energy Economics, vol. 0(Special I), pages 71-98.
  • Handle: RePEc:aen:journl:2005se-a04

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    1. Amundsen, Eirik S. & Nesse, Arvid & Tjotta, Sigve, 1999. "Deregulation of the Nordic power market and environmental policy," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 21(5), pages 417-434, October.
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