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Evaluation of Different Hedging Strategies for Commodity Price Risks of Industrial Cogeneration Plants

In this paper, we design and evaluate eight different strategies for hedging commodity price risks of industrial cogeneration plants. Price developments are parameterized based on EEX data from 2008-2011. The probability distributions derived are used to determine the value-at-risk (VaR) of the individual strategies, which are in a final step combined in a mean-variance portfolio analysis for determining the most efficient hedging strategy. We find that the strate-gy adopted can have a marked influence on the remaining price risk. Quarter futures are found to be particularly well suited for reducing market price risk. In contrast, spot trading of CO2 certificates is found to be preferable compared to forward market trading. Finally, portfolio optimization shows that a mix of various hedging strategies can further improve the profita-bility of a heat-based cogeneration plant.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2012
Date of revision: Mar 2013
Handle: RePEc:ris:fcnwpa:2012_002
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