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Expert survey on capacity markets in the US: Lessons for the EU

Pradyumna C. Bhagwat, Laurens J. de Vries and Benjamin Hobbs ()

Utilities Policy, 2016, vol. 38, issue C, 11-17

Abstract: We present a survey of US capacity market experts with the purpose of drawing lessons for the EU. Of the respondents, 41% advised EU member states against implementing capacity markets, while the remaining were neutral or provided suggestions for improving capacity markets. Cross-border effects are currently not a concern but may become so in the future. Imports may dampen prices in a capacity market, but neighbouring markets may also experience pressure to implement a capacity market. The capacity markets in the USA were believed to have achieved their goals with respect to reliability, but in an economically inefficient manner.

Keywords: Adequacy policy; Capacity markets; Electricity markets; Electricity networks (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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