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MIncreasing Market Interconnection: an analysis of the Italian Electricity Spot Market

  • Federico Boffa

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  • Viswanath Pingali

    (School of Economics and Management, Free University of Bolzano, Cornerstone Research-Boston)

We estimate the bene ts resulting from completely interconnecting the Italian electricity spot market. The�market is currently divided into two geographic zones - North and South - with limited interzonal transmission capacity that often induces congestion, and hence potential inefficiency. By simulating a fully interconnected market for May 2004, we predict that the total spot market expenditure reduces substantially by almost four percent. Our analysis finds evidence that the (partly State owned) major firm in the market does not currently maximize its short-term profit, and would benefit as well from improved interconnection.

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Paper provided by Macerata University, Department of Studies on Economic Development (DiSSE) in its series Working Papers with number 17-2008.

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