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The effect of counter-trading on competition in electricity markets

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  • Willems, Bert

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In a competitive electricity market, nodal pricing is the most efficient way to manage congestion. Counter-trading is inefficient as it gives the wrong long term signals for entry and exit of power plants. However, in a non-competitive market, additional entry will improve the competitiveness of the market, and will increase social benefit by reducing price-cost margins. This paper studies whether the potential pro-competitive entry effects could make counter-trading more efficient than nodal pricing. We find that this is unlikely to be the case, and expect counter-trading to have a negative effect on overall welfare. The potential benefits of additional competition (more competitive prices and lower production cost) do not outweigh the distortions (additional investment cost for the entrant, and socialization of the congestion cost to final consumers).

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  • Dijk, Justin & Willems, Bert, 2011. "The effect of counter-trading on competition in electricity markets," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 39(3), pages 1764-1773, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:enepol:v:39:y:2011:i:3:p:1764-1773
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    1. Blázquez De Paz, Mario, 2017. "Production or Transmission Investments? A Comparative Analysis," Working Paper Series 1158, Research Institute of Industrial Economics.
    2. Georgios Petropoulos & Bert Willems, 2016. "Providing efficient network access to green power generators: A long-term property rights perspective," Working Papers 17317, Bruegel.
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