An Empirical Study of the Information Premium on Electricity Markets
48 Pages Posted: 21 Jul 2012
Date Written: February 23, 2012
Due to the non-storability of electricity and the resulting lack of arbitrage-based arguments to price electricity forward contracts, these exhibit a significant time-varying risk premium. Using EEX data during the introduction of Emission certificates and the German "Atom Moratorium" we show that a significant part of the risk premium in electricity forwards is due to different information sets in spot and forward markets. In order to show the existence of the resulting information premium and to analyse its size we design an empirical method based on techniques relating to enlargement of filtrations and the structure of Hilbert spaces.
Keywords: Electricity markets, risk premium, information premium,spot-forward relationship, enlargement of filtrations, Gaussian and non-Gaussian Ornstein-Uhlenbeck processes, Hilbert space representation
JEL Classification: C19, G13, G14, Q40
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