Strategic participation in competitive electricity markets: internal versus sectorial data analysis

Tiago Pinto*, Francisco Falcão-Reis

*Corresponding author for this work

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Current approaches for risk management in energy market participation mostly refer to portfolio optimization for long-term planning, and stochastic approaches to deal with uncertainties related to renewable energy generation and market prices variation. Risk assessment and management as integrated part of actual market negotiation strategies is lacking from the current literature. This paper addresses this gap by proposing a novel model for decision support of players’ strategic participation in electricity market negotiations, which considers risk management as a core component of the decision-making process. The proposed approach addresses the adaptation of players’ behaviour according to the participation risk, by combining the two most commonly used approaches of forecasting in a company's scope: the internal data analysis, and the external, or sectorial, data analysis. The internal data analysis considers the evaluation of the company's evolution in terms of market power and profitability, while the sectorial analysis addresses the assessment of the competing entities in the market sector using a K-Means-based clustering approach. By balancing these two components, the proposed model enables a dynamic adaptation to the market context, using as reference the expected prices from competitor players, and the market price prediction by means of Artificial Neural Networks (ANN). Results under realistic electricity market simulations using real data from the Iberian electricity market operator show that the proposed approach is able to outperform most state-of-the-art market participation strategies, reaching a higher accumulated profit, by adapting players’ actions according to the participation risk.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)432-444
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019


  • Artificial neural network
  • Electricity markets
  • Multi-agent simulation
  • Perfect competition
  • Risk management
  • Sectorial data
  • Strategic negotiations


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