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Multiple Factor Auction Design for Wind Rights

Lawrence M. Ausubel () and Peter Cramton ()
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Lawrence M. Ausubel: Economics Department, University of Maryland, http://www.econ.umd.edu

Papers of Peter Cramton from University of Maryland, Department of Economics - Peter Cramton

Abstract: The best sites for offshore wind farms on the US Outer Continental Shelf are scarce. To make the best use of this scarce resource, it is necessary to implement a fair and efficient mechanism to assign wind rights to companies that are most likely to develop off-shore wind energy projects. Coastal states, particularly along the eastern seaboard, are taking aggressive actions to spur the growth of an offshore wind sector in their states to help meet their renewable portfolio targets while nurturing the supporting on-shore infrastructure. This paper discusses the design of multi-factor auctions for wind rights, in which multiple factors are used in bid evaluation. This may be especially useful in settings where states (and potential bidders) have already taken actions to foster offshore wind development. The paper complements Ausubel and Cramton (2011) on the design of price-only auctions for wind rights.

Keywords: Auctions; clock auctions; spectrum auctions; market design; wind rights auctions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D44 C78 L96 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 20 pages
Date: 2012, Revised 2012
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Published in Power Auctions Report for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, September 2011

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