Electricity Prices, River Temperatures and Cooling Water Scarcity
Grant R. McDermott () and
Øivind Nilsen ()
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Grant R. McDermott: Dept. of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, Postal: NHH , Department of Economics, Helleveien 30, N-5045 Bergen, Norway
No 18/2011, Discussion Paper Series in Economics from Norwegian School of Economics, Department of Economics
Thermal-based power stations rely on water for cooling purposes. These water sources may be subject to incidents of scarcity, environmental regulations and competing economic concerns. This paper analyses the effect of water scarcity and increased river temperatures on German electricity prices from 2002 to 2009. Having controlled for demand effects, the results indicate that the electricity price is significantly impacted by both a change in river temperatures and the relative abundance of river water. An implication is that future climate change will affect electricity prices not only through changes in demand, but also via increased water temperatures and scarcity.
Keywords: Thermal-based power; water scarcity. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q25 Q41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 29 pages
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Journal Article: Electricity Prices, River Temperatures, and Cooling Water Scarcity (2014)
Working Paper: Electricity Prices, River Temperatures and Cooling Water Scarcity (2012)
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