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Electricity Spot and Derivatives Pricing when Markets are Interconnected

Roland Füss (), Steffen Mahringer () and Marcel Prokopczuk ()

No 1323, Working Papers on Finance from University of St. Gallen, School of Finance

Abstract: Increasing interconnectivity between electricity wholesale markets requires an efficient allocation scheme in order to provide access to scarce cross-border transmission capacities. In both the US and Europe, existing schemes have primarily induced economically inefficient interconnector use given that flows have to be nominated prior to spot market clearing. By contrast, the market coupling mechanisms recently rolled out in parts of Europe avoid these inefficiencies by implicitly allocating cross-border transmission capacity upon spot market clearance. In this paper, we show that these institutional aspects of market design clearly manifest in the empirical dynamics of both electricity spot and derivatives prices, and hence, do have important implications for pricing and hedging in these markets. Since traditional reduced-form models fail to reproduce such effects of market microstructure, we employ a fundamental multi-market model for electricity pricing in order to analyze how the key stylized facts of electricity prices are impacted by the different allocation schemes.

Keywords: Electricity Pricing; Fundamental Model; Multi-Market Modeling; Derivatives Pricing; Energy Market Coupling (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G12 G13 Q4 Q41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 52 pages
Date: 2013-09
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