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Understanding the Fine Structure of Electricity Prices

  • Geman, Hélyette
  • Roncoroni, Andréa
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    This paper analyzes the special features of electricity spot prices derived from the physics of this commodity and from the economics of supply and demand in a market pool. Besides mean-reversion, a property they share with other commodities, power prices exhibit the unique feature of spikes in trajectories. We introduce a class of discontinuous processes exhibiting a jump-reversion component to properly represent these sharp upward moves shortly followed by drops of similar magnitude. Our approach allows to capture - for the first time to our knowledge - both the trajectorial and the statistical properties of electricity pool prices. The quality of the fitting is illustrated on a database of major US power markets.

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    Paper provided by Paris Dauphine University in its series Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine with number 123456789/1433.

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    Date of creation: Apr 2006
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    Publication status: Published in The Journal of Business, 2006, Vol. 79, no. 3. pp. 1225-1261.Length: 36 pages
    Handle: RePEc:dau:papers:123456789/1433
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