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Forecasting the occurrence of electricity price spikes in the UK power market

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  • Pawel Maryniak
  • Rafal Weron

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We study the forward looking information that is available to all participants in the UK power market and measure its predictive value with respect to forecasting the occurrence of electricity price spikes. We focus on information that measures the extent to which the capacity of the UK generation park will be constrained over the next two weeks. Following Cartea et al. (2009) we use a measure of 'tight market conditions', based on predicted capacity constraints, which identifies the periods when price spikes are more likely to occur. Considering a longer and a more recent time period (1.1.2006-31.12.2012), we find that irrespective of the spike identification algorithm the probability of observing a spike is roughly an exponentially increasing function of the demand-to-capacity ratio.

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  • Pawel Maryniak & Rafal Weron, 2014. "Forecasting the occurrence of electricity price spikes in the UK power market," HSC Research Reports HSC/14/11, Hugo Steinhaus Center, Wroclaw University of Technology.
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    1. Weron, Rafał, 2014. "Electricity price forecasting: A review of the state-of-the-art with a look into the future," International Journal of Forecasting, Elsevier, vol. 30(4), pages 1030-1081.
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    Keywords

    Electricity price spike; Forecasting; Capacity constraints; Indicated demand; Indicated generation;

    JEL classification:

    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
    • C51 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Construction and Estimation
    • C53 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Forecasting and Prediction Models; Simulation Methods
    • Q47 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Energy Forecasting

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