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Modelling Electricity Prices with Forward Looking Capacity Constraints

  • Alvaro Cartea

    (Department of Economics, Mathematics & Statistics, Birkbeck)

  • Marcelo G. Figueroa
  • Helyette Geman

    (School of Economics, Mathematics & Statistics, Birkbeck)

We present a spot price model for wholesale electricity prices which incorporates forward looking information that is available to all market players. We focus on information that measures the extent to which the capacity of the England and Wales generation park will be constrained over the next 52 weeks. We propose a measure of ‘tight market conditions’, based on capacity constraints, which identifies the weeks of the year when price spikes are more likely to occur. We show that the incorporation of this type of forward looking information, not uncommon in the electricity markets, improves the modeling of spikes (timing and magnitude) and the different speeds of mean reversion.

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Paper provided by Birkbeck, Department of Economics, Mathematics & Statistics in its series Birkbeck Working Papers in Economics and Finance with number 0802.

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