Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series,
Research Institute of Industrial Economics

No 1099: Electricity Markets: Designing Auctions Where Suppliers Have Uncertain Costs

Pär Holmberg () and Frank A. Wolak ()
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Pär Holmberg: Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN)
Frank A. Wolak: Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) and Department of Economics, Stanford University

Abstract: We analyse how the market design influences the bidding behaviour in multi-unit auctions, such as wholesale electricity markets. It is shown that competition improves for increased market transparency and we identify circumstances where the auctioneer prefers uniform to discriminatory pricing. We note that political risks could significantly worsen competition in hydro-dominated markets. It would be beneficial for such markets to have clearly defined contingency plans for extreme market situations.

Keywords: cost uncertainty; asymmetric information; uniform-price auction; discriminatory pricing; Bertrand game; market transparency; wholesale electricity market; treasury auction; Bayesian Nash equilibria

JEL-codes: C72; D43; D44; L13; L94

37 pages, December 18, 2015

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