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Implicit Auctioning on the Kontek Cable: Third Time Lucky?

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Cross-border capacities in Europe are currently inefficiently used. Implicit auctioning is about eliminating these cross-border trade inefficiencies by internalizing the arbitrage into the auction procedures of the Power Exchanges that are organizing trade nationally. On the Kontek Cable, implicit auctioning has been implemented without price coordination between the involved Power Exchanges. This implementation, referred to as “volume or dome coupling” as opposed to “price coupling”, has been argued to be institutionally easier to implement. The Kontek Cable experimented with three different implicit auctioning implementations whose performance we analyze empirically in this paper. We find that the third implementation is significantly outperforming the previous two implementations, but in this third implementation stakeholders partly abandoned the volume coupling approach they initially believed to be a viable alternative to price coupling.

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  • Leonardo Meeus, 2010. "Implicit Auctioning on the Kontek Cable: Third Time Lucky?," RSCAS Working Papers 2010/49, European University Institute.
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    1. Tanguy Janssen, Yann Rebours and Philippe Dessante, 2012. "Tight Volume Coupling: Analytical Model, Adverse Flow Causality and Potential Improvements," RSCAS Working Papers 2012/09, European University Institute.
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    5. Tom Brijs & Daniel Huppmann & Sauleh Siddiqui & Ronnie Belmans, 2016. "Auction-Based Allocation of Shared Electricity Storage Resources through Physical Storage Rights," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 1566, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
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    9. Marcelo Saguan & Leonardo Meeus, 2011. "Modeling the Cost of Achieving a Renewable Energy Target: Does it Pay to Cooperate Across Borders?," RSCAS Working Papers 2011/46, European University Institute.

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