Statistical Arbitrage and Information Flow in an Electricity Balancing Market

Bunn, D W and Kermer, S (2021) Statistical Arbitrage and Information Flow in an Electricity Balancing Market. Energy Journal, 42 (1). ISSN 0195-6574 OPEN ACCESS

Abstract

Motivated by the events following a natural experiment in 2015, when the market rules for electricity spot trading were changed in Britain, we analyse the operational effects of market participants responding to price incentives for spillage and shortage positions in a single price, real-time market. We develop an analytical model for optimal real-time decisions by generators and speculators based upon forecasts of the conditional distribution of the total system imbalance between instantaneous supply and demand. From this, we examine the effects of time delays in information transparency for the consequent statistical arbitrage positions. We backtested this model empirically to the Austrian system imbalance settlements process within the German/Austrian integrated market. Results suggest that permitting additional intraday flexibility from a physical generator or a non-physical trader can be beneficial for the agents themselves, the system operator and market efficiency.

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Item Type: Article
Subject Areas: Management Science and Operations
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2023 13:50
Date of first compliant deposit: 27 Sep 2023
Last Modified: 29 Dec 2023 01:42
URI: https://lbsresearch.london.edu/id/eprint/3529
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