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MASCEM: Electricity Markets Simulation with Strategic Agents

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4 Author(s)
Zita Vale ; Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal ; Tiago Pinto ; Isabel Praca ; Hugo Morais

To study and understand this type of market, we developed the Multiagent Simulator of Competitive Electricity Markets (MASCEM) platform based on multiagent simulation. The MASCEM multiagent model includes players with strategies for bid definition, acting in forward, day-ahead, and balancing markets and considering both simple and complex bids. Our goal with MASCEM was to simulate as many market models and player types as possible. This approach makes MASCEM both a short and medium term simulation as well as a tool to support long-term decisions, such as those taken by regulators. This article proposes a new methodology integrated in MASCEM for bid definition in electricity markets. This methodology uses reinforcement learning algorithms to let players perceive changes in the environment, thus helping them react to the dynamic environment and adapt their bids accordingly.

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IEEE Intelligent Systems  (Volume:26 ,  Issue: 2 )