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Dynamic Testing of Wholesale Power Market Designs: An Open-Source Agent-Based Framework
Computational Economics
  • Junjie Sun, United States Treasury
  • Leigh Tesfatsion, Iowa State University
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In April 2003 the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proposed a complicated market design—the Wholesale Power Market Platform (WPMP)—for common adoption by all US wholesale power markets. Versions of the WPMP have been implemented in New England, New York, the mid-Atlantic states, the Midwest, the Southwest, and California. Strong opposition to the WPMP persists among some industry stakeholders, however, due largely to a perceived lack of adequate performance testing. This study reports on the model development and open-source implementation (in Java) of a computational wholesale power market organized in accordance with core WPMP features and operating over a realistically rendered transmission grid. The traders within this market model are strategic profit-seeking agents whose learning behaviors are based on data from human-subject experiments. Our key experimental focus is the complex interplay among structural conditions, market protocols, and learning behaviors in relation to short-term and longer-term market performance. Findings for a dynamic 5-node transmission grid test case are presented for concrete illustration.

This is an article from Computational Economics 30 (2007): 291, doi:10.1007/s10614-007-9095-1.

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Junjie Sun and Leigh Tesfatsion. "Dynamic Testing of Wholesale Power Market Designs: An Open-Source Agent-Based Framework" Computational Economics Vol. 30 Iss. 3 (2007) p. 291 - 327
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