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|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|19599||2008||14 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||10684 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Utilities Policy, Volume 16, Issue 4, December 2008, Pages 307–320
Given the limitations of data and resources available for market monitoring in electricity markets where regional transmission organizations (RTO) do not exist, we argue that econometric models of power prices could provide a useful screening tool for market monitoring. To explore its feasibility, we developed several econometric models of power prices at two major trading hubs in the West: Palo Verde and Mid-Columbia. We show that our models explain a large portion of the variation in power prices in Palo Verde and can establish a benchmark that can be used to identify outlier prices that are potentially the result of anti-competitive behavior.
Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) or Independent System Operators (ISO) in the US generally have dedicated market monitoring functions.1 By market monitoring, we mean the systematic analysis of market behavior and outcomes to identify behavior that is inconsistent with well-functioning competitive markets. Such behavior may include the exercise of market power, e.g., withholding supply from the market in order to raise price. The market monitors may be RTO/ISO staff members, independent consultants or both. Market monitors in organized markets typically have access to data on the hourly operation of individual units, their bids into various centrally administered bid-based markets (e.g., markets for energy and/or ancillary services), estimates of units’ variable costs, hourly prices at multiple locations and for multiple products, and detailed information on transmission constraints. This paper explores one approach, econometric models of power prices, to wholesale power market monitoring in the Western Interconnection (outside of California and Alberta) where there is no organized wholesale market. Because of the absence of publicly and/or centrally collected data for the Western US wholesale power markets outside of California, it is generally infeasible to replicate the analyses performed by market monitors in organized markets.2 Therefore it is necessary to approach market monitoring in a different way than has been done in organized markets. Approaches to market monitoring can be broadly classified as ex-ante analyses which focus on identifying the possibilities of anticompetitive behavior in the future or as ex-post analyses which focus on determining whether the market was competitive for a time period under consideration. Ex-ante analysis techniques that seek to identify the possibilities for anti-competitive behavior include market concentration measures (a somewhat crude approach) as well as market simulations using oligopolistic models. Ex-post analysis of market prices essentially attempts to establish a benchmark for wholesale prices in a well-functioning competitive market. The simplest ex-poste approach involves constructing a competitive benchmark using a simple generation supply stack (i.e., supply resources are stacked in economic merit order to meet load in a region to form a supply curve). The competitive benchmark price for a given period is then determined at the point on this curve corresponding to the period's load adjusted for certain ancillary service requirements. Divergences between competitive benchmark prices and observed prices may be attributable to the exercise of market power. This approach was applied by Wolfram (1999) to the UK market and Borenstein et al., 2002 and Borenstein and Bushnell, 1999 and Joskow and Kahn (2002) to the California market. It may be well suited to markets with relatively simple network configurations, such as California, but it is poorly suited to analyzing the exercise of market power across broad geographic regions with internal transmission constraints that bind only intermittently. Production cost models, such as Prosym and GE-MAPS, can also be utilized to develop competitive benchmark wholesale electricity prices and might address some of the limitations associated with supply stack models. For example, production cost models can handle transmission and operating constraints, and represent the relationship between loads and resources in great detail. The main downsides associated with production cost models for market monitoring is that they are expensive to obtain, set up and maintain, and probably too complicated to run very often unless a model has been taken in-house by a market monitoring organization with staff trained and dedicated to the function (Barmack et al., 2006). Given the limitations of data and resources available for market monitoring in regions without organized markets, we argue that econometric models of power prices could potentially provide a useful screening tool for market monitoring. Econometric models can be used to develop statistical relationships between wholesale prices and readily observable factors that influence power prices, such as fuel prices and loads. Prices that deviate in a statistically significant manner from the prices predicted by econometric models may merit further investigation and indicate the exercise of market power. To explore the feasibility of this approach, we developed several econometric models of day-ahead on-peak power prices at two major trading hubs in the West: Palo Verde and Mid-Columbia. Our models establish a benchmark that can be used to identify outlier prices that are potentially the result of anti-competitive behavior and may warrant further investigation. The remainder of the paper proceeds as follows. Section 2 describes some of the key distinguishing characteristics of wholesale power markets in the West outside of California. Section 3 presents results of simple econometric models that could be implemented by a West-wide market monitor. Section 4 extends these models for one region where congestion issues seem fundamental. 2. Wholesale power markets in the West outside of California Wholesale markets in the Western Interconnection outside of California and Alberta are different than organized markets with RTOs in at least four main ways. First, there is no centralized West-wide unit commitment and dispatch. Consequently, the information that RTOs collect in the process of performing unit commitment and dispatch, such as unit-specific bid information, are simply not available for market monitoring. In addition, non-RTO markets do not produce the highly geographically and temporally disaggregated prices that are the result of a market-based centralized unit-commitment and dispatch. As Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has noted: What information is available to regulators (and when) depends largely on the structure of the market. Locational marginal, day-ahead, and real-time pricing, along with capacity and ancillary services within RTO markets, are almost entirely transparent and make much information available in real time. Such transparency rests on standardized operations and large, centralized mechanisms to collect and disseminate the information. By contrast, most natural gas markets and bilateral electric markets provide far less detailed information, depending instead on trade publications to provide price indices (FERC, 2005, p. 36). Second, in the Western US, there is a substantial amount of trade through bilateral electric markets. Volumes on the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), an electronic platform for trading standardized natural gas, power, and other energy-related contracts, offers one measure of such trading activity outside of RTO-mediated markets. For example, ICE volumes for on-peak deliveries to Palo Verde, the most liquid of several hubs in the Southwest, averaged 20 953 MW in 2004, relative to annual load in the entire Southwest (excluding California) of 180 154 Gigawatt hours (GWh).3 Volumes on the ICE for on-peak deliveries to Mid-Columbia, the most liquid hub in the Pacific Northwest, averaged 23 636 MW relative to annual load in the entire Pacific Northwest of 223 148 GWh.4 In contrast, for New York, an RTO market, ICE volumes for on-peak delivery to the most liquid delivery point (Zone A) averaged only 3445 MW in 2004 compared to annual net generation of 160 210 GWh — or approximately one-fifth the level of on-peak deliveries of ICE volumes as is exhibited at Palo Verde and Mid-Columbia.5 Third, many US utilities in the West outside of California are essentially vertically integrated, obviating to a large degree the need to purchase from wholesale markets to serve load. To the extent that utilities are short or long, they frequently address these imbalances through long-term contracts, rather than through the shorter-term transactions that are typically the focus of market monitoring. Even when utilities do trade in short-term markets, it is typically through bilateral contracts, since there are not bid-based, centralized balancing markets. Fourth, non-FERC-jurisdictional entities, such as Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), play an important role in Western wholesale power markets.6 They are not subject to the same reporting requirements as FERC-jurisdictional entities — such as reporting wholesale transaction in the Electric Quarterly Reports. This lends yet another layer of opacity to Western wholesale power markets.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
This paper has examined one approach to West-wide market monitoring. Because the Western US outside of California and Alberta does not have RTOs that perform centralized unit commitment and dispatch, the rich data that are typically available to market monitors in organized markets are not available in much of the Western US. We develop simple econometric models of wholesale power prices in the West that might be used as a screening tool for market monitoring. We find that simple econometric models go a long ways towards explaining wholesale power prices in the West and might be used to identify potentially anomalous prices. If a market monitoring function based on the kind of econometric modeling illustrated here is thought to be a desirable, albeit second-best, alternative, then there are institutional questions that need to be addressed. What is the preferred institutional arrangement for such a function? How might it be supported both financially and intellectually? These questions are outside the scope of this paper, but are a logical next step for market participants, stakeholders and policymakers interested in West-wide market monitoring.