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A Markov Switching Model of the Merit Order to Compare British and German Price Formation

Georg Zachmann ()

No 714, Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin from DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research

Abstract: The objective of this paper is to develop a model to determine the price formation of wholesale electricity markets. For that purpose, we model wholesale electricity prices depending on the prices of fuels (coal and natural gas) and of CO2 emission allowances using a Markov Switching Regression. We apply the model to wholesale electricity prices in the UK and in Germany. While British electricity prices are quite well explained by short-run cost factors, we find a decoupling between electricity prices and fuel costs in Germany. This may be evidence that the German electricity generation sector does not work competitively.

Keywords: Electricity prices; Markov Switching Models (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L94 C22 D43 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 15 p.
Date: 2007
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