Investments in Electricity Generating Capacity under Different Market Structures and with Endogenously Fixed Demand

Anette Boom
2003 Social Science Research Network  
Investments in Generating Capacities between a monopolist and two competing firms are compared where the firms invest in their capacity and fix the retail price while electricity demand is uncertain. A unit price auction determines the wholesale electricity price when the firms compete. They know the level of demand when they bid their capacities. Total capacities can be larger or smaller with a duopoly than with a monopoly. If the two firms co-ordinate on a pareto dominant equilibrium, then
more » ... quilibrium, then the retail price is always higher and the social welfare lower in the competitive case, which exists only if capacity costs are not too high.
doi:10.2139/ssrn.444580 fatcat:ojft4iin4jgc5ktrf2fuozie3e