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Competition in the Dutch Electricity Market: An Empirical Analysis over 2006-2011

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Abstract:
We assess the development of competition in the Dutch electricity wholesale market over 2006-2011. In this period domestic generation capacity, both centralized and decentralized, as well as the cross-border transmission capacity increased. Using hourly plant-level data of centralized units and engineering-costs estimates, we estimate the weighted average Lerner index. During super peak hours, the annual average value of this index decreased from 0.23 in 2006 to 0.03 in 2011, indicating more competition. We find indications that the increase in competition can be attributed to the extension of cross-border connections, a higher price elasticity of net demand and more Bertrand-like competition. Enhancing the role of decentralized generation as well as fostering integration of markets seem to be effective measures to promote competition.

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Energy Specializations: Electricity – Markets and Prices ; Energy and the Economy; Energy Modeling – Energy Data, Modeling, and Policy Analysis; Electricity – Generation Technologies

JEL Codes:
D42 - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design: Monopoly
Q43 - Energy and the Macroeconomy
E61 - Policy Objectives; Policy Designs and Consistency; Policy Coordination
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Keywords: Electricity market, Competition, Regulation, Time-series analysis

DOI: 10.5547/01956574.36.2.1

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Published in Volume 36, Number 2 of The Quarterly Journal of the IAEE's Energy Economics Education Foundation.