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Uncertainty in the Electric Power Industry

Methods and Models for Decision Support


Part of the International Series in Operations Research & Management Science book series (ISOR, volume 77)

About this book


Around the world, liberalization and privatization in the electricity industry have lead to increased competition among utilities. At the same time, utilities are now exposed more than ever to risk and uncertainties, which they cannot pass on to their customers through price increases as in a regulated environment. Especially electricity-generating companies have to face volatile wholesale prices, fuel price uncertainty, limited long-term hedging possibilities and huge, to a large extent, sunk investments.

In this context, Uncertainty in the Electric Power Industry: Methods and Models for Decision Support aims at an integrative view on the decision problems that power companies have to tackle. It systematically examines the uncertainties power companies are facing and develops models to describe them – including an innovative approach combining fundamental and finance models for price modeling. The optimization of generation and trading portfolios under uncertainty is discussed with particular focus on CHP and is linked to risk management. Here the concept of integral earnings at risk is developed to provide a theoretically sound combination of value at risk and profit at risk approaches, adapted to real market structures and market liquidity. Also methods for supporting long-term investment decisions are presented: technology assessment based on experience curves and operation simulation for fuel cells and a real options approach with endogenous electricity prices.


Electric Power controlling electricity modeling modelling optimization simulation

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institut for Energy, Economics and Rational Use of EnergyUniversity of StuttgartGermany

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From the reviews of the first edition:

"This monograph applies a large amount of mathematics to modelling the uncertainity facing the electric power industry, mostly in Europe and especially in Germany. … With over 400 references, 300 equations, 100 figures, and 40 tables, the overall treatment is nothing less than encyclopedic." (Roy Gardner, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1074, 2005)