Analysis and Modelling of Electricity Futures Prices

We model electricity futures prices using a seasonal forward curve model, quantifying seasonalities by a deterministic seasonal forward premium. Stochastic features of the futures prices are contained in the stochastic forward premium: a quantity analogous to the well-known convenience yield. The model parameters are estimated from the historical data of IPE electricity futures prices and the spark spread, and electricity forward curves are deseasonalized to reveal their underlying stochastic structure. We apply principal component analysis to the deseasonalized forward curves and develop trading strategies using indicators based on these principal components.

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SNDE recognizes that advances in statistics and dynamical systems theory can increase our understanding of economic and financial markets. The journal seeks both theoretical and applied papers that characterize and motivate nonlinear phenomena. Researchers are required to assist replication of empirical results by providing copies of data and programs online. Algorithms and rapid communications are also published.