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Electricity Prices, River Temperatures and Cooling Water Scarcity

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  • McDermott, Grant R.

    () (Dept. of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration)

  • Nilsen, Øivind A.

    () (Dept. of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration)

Abstract

Thermal-based power stations rely on water for cooling purposes. These water sources may be subject to incidents of scarcity, environmental regulations and competing economic concerns. This paper analyses the effect of water scarcity and increased river temperatures on German electricity prices from 2002 to 2009. Having controlled for demand effects, the results indicate that the electricity price is significantly impacted by both a change in river temperatures and the relative abundance of river water. An implication is that future climate change will affect electricity prices not only through changes in demand, but also via increased water temperatures and scarcity.

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  • McDermott, Grant R. & Nilsen, Øivind A., 2011. "Electricity Prices, River Temperatures and Cooling Water Scarcity," Discussion Paper Series in Economics 18/2011, Norwegian School of Economics, Department of Economics.
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    Keywords

    Thermal-based power; water scarcity.;

    JEL classification:

    • Q25 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Water
    • Q41 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Demand and Supply; Prices

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