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The use of an agent based simulation platform for market structure policy simulations in a restructured electricity markets reveal subtle insights with respect to the limited exercise of market power in situations where more conventional oligopoly models would suggest greater exploitation. The paper describes a detailed market simulation platform with agent strategies emerging as a result of simple reinforcement learning on both profit and capacity utilization. An example applied to addressing the evolution of some of the Italian market structure issues is described.
Date of Conference: 20-24 July 2008