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Uniform Pricing or Pay-as-Bid Pricing: A Dilemma for California and Beyond

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Any belief that a shift from uniform to as-bid pricing would provide power purchasers substantial relief from soaring prices is simply mistaken. The immediate consequence of its introduction would be a radical change in bidding behavior that would introduce new inefficiencies, weaken competition in new generation, and impede expansion of capacity.

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  • Alfred E. Kahn & Peter Cramton & Robert H. Porter & Richard D. Tabors, 2001. "Uniform Pricing or Pay-as-Bid Pricing: A Dilemma for California and Beyond," Papers of Peter Cramton 01ej, University of Maryland, Department of Economics - Peter Cramton, revised 27 Jan 2001.
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    Auctions; Electricity Auctions; Multiple Item Auctions;

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    • D44 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Auctions

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