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Transparency in Electricity Markets

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  • von der Fehr, Nils-Henrik M.

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The European Commission is introducing new regulations on submission and publication of data in electricity markets (SPDEM) and on wholesale energy market integrity and transparency (REMIT). I discuss issues relevant for undertaking an evaluation such regulations. I argue that, for market performance, more information is not always better; indeed, more information may undermine market performance by facilitating behaviour that is either not cost efficient or aims at exercising market power or establishing and maintaining collusion. Moreover, ensuring rational economic behaviour and an efficient and competitive market outcome does not require general access to information at a very detailed level or with a high degree of immediacy. I conclude that to achieve the aims of efficiently functioning wholesale electricity markets, fair and non-discriminatory access to data and a coherent and consistent view of the European wholesale electricity market, it does not seem advisable to go quite so far with respect to immediacy and detail as intended by the new regulations.

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  • von der Fehr, Nils-Henrik M., 2013. "Transparency in Electricity Markets," Memorandum 13/2013, Oslo University, Department of Economics.
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    1. Pär Holmberg & Frank Wolak, 2015. "Electricity markets: Designing auctions where suppliers have uncertain costs," Cambridge Working Papers in Economics 1541, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge.
    2. Fogelberg, Sara & Lazarczyk, Ewa, 2017. "Wind power volatility and its impact on production failures in the Nordic electricity market," Renewable Energy, Elsevier, vol. 105(C), pages 96-105.
    3. Lazarczyk, Ewa, 2015. "Private and Public Information on the Nordic Intra-Day Electricity Market," Working Paper Series 1064, Research Institute of Industrial Economics.

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    Keywords

    electricity; market performance; information; transparency; regulation;

    JEL classification:

    • D40 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - General
    • D80 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - General
    • K21 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law - - - Antitrust Law
    • L10 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - General
    • L40 - Industrial Organization - - Antitrust Issues and Policies - - - General
    • L51 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Economics of Regulation
    • L94 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Electric Utilities

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