Australian electricity market and price volatility

J. Boland, J. A. Filar, G. Mohammadian, A. Nazari

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Australian Electricity Market has experienced high price volatility since the deregulation in early 1990s. In this exploratory and preliminary analysis of 2010 data from South Australian electricity market we identify and exhibit a number of phenomena which, arguably, contribute to (A) high cost of electricity supply to consumers and (B) volatility in spot prices. These phenomena include: (i) Distinct bidding patterns of some generators occurring in trading intervals corresponding to periods of low, medium and high spot prices, (ii) Low correlation between electricity demand and spot prices on days when spot price spikes are observed, (iii) Failure of the lottery model and associated Markowitz-type optimisation approaches to adequately explain the shifting structure of generators’ bids and (iv) Unexpectedly high contribution to the consumers costs and risks from the relatively small number of trading intervals where spot price spikes were observed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357-372
Number of pages16
JournalAnnals of Operations Research
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Australian national electricity market
  • Bidding strategies
  • Price volatility
  • Risk measures

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