MOB Seminar Series: Anette Boom, Copenhagen Business School

Title: Reforming the Electricity Industry: Vertical Structure and the Risk of Rent Extraction

Info about event

Time

Thursday 1 June 2017,  at 12:00 - 13:00

Location

Fuglesangs Allé 4, 8210 Aarhus V, building 2632(L), room 242

Organizer

Emma von Essen

Speaker: Anette Boom, Copenhagen Business School

Title: Reforming the Electricity Industry: Vertical Structure and the Risk of Rent Extraction (joint with Stefan Buehler, University of St. Gallen)

Abstract: We study how competition and vertical structure determine capacities, retail prices, and welfare in the electricity industry. Analyzing a model in which retailers commit to retail sales before they buy electricity from generators in the wholesale market, we find that welfare is highest if competition is combined with vertical separation. Vertically integrated generators choose excessively high retail prices and capacities to avoid rent extraction in the wholesale market in the event of insufficient capacity. Vertical separation eliminates the risk of rent extraction and induces effective competition in electricity generation and retailing.

Organizer: Emma von Essen