The perils of dynamic electricity pricing tariffs in the presence of retail market imperfections

Mahnoosh Alizadeh, Andrea Goldsmith, Anna Scaglione

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Abstract

In this paper, we show that the profit maximizing nature of electricity retailers, combined with boundedly rational customer behavior, might induce physical operational problems for the power grid under dynamic retail pricing. This is because, under certain conditions, retailers will be incentivized to design prices that shift load away from supply, further increasing the demand supply gap. We propose an alternative pricing method, referred to as differentiated pricing, which does not suffer from this issue. Our analysis is based on a simple demand model in order to gain useful insights on the repercussions of ignoring retail market imperfections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConference Record of the 49th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers, ACSSC 2015
EditorsMichael B. Matthews
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages683-688
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781467385763
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 26 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event49th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers, ACSSC 2015 - Pacific Grove, United States
Duration: Nov 8 2015Nov 11 2015

Publication series

NameConference Record - Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers
Volume2016-February
ISSN (Print)1058-6393

Other

Other49th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers, ACSSC 2015
CountryUnited States
CityPacific Grove
Period11/8/1511/11/15

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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