Working Paper No. 1278

Redispatch in Zonal Pricing Electricity Markets

Published: May 20, 2019Pages: 30Keywords: Electricity auctions; Redispatch design; Transmission constraint; Zonal pricing electricity marketsJEL-codes: D43; D44; L13; L94

Redispatch in Zonal Pricing Electricity Markets Mario Blázquez de Paz


Zonal pricing electricity markets operate sequentially. First, the suppliers compete in a spot market. Second, to alleviate the congestion in the transmission line, in a redispatch market, the suppliers in the importing node are called into operation to increase their production, and the suppliers in the exporting node are compensated to reduce their production. I characterize the equilibrium in a zonal market when the competition is imperfect and the spot and redispatch markets operate sequentially.

I also work out the equilibrium when the transmission line is taken into account in the spot market, i.e., it is not necessary to introduce a redispatch market to alleviate the congestion in the transmission line. I find that the consumers' welfare and suppliers' profits depend crucially on the type of redispatch design implemented by the auctioneer, and that could introduce long term investment distortions.

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