Data Management

A Utility Based Approach To Energy Hedging

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Executive Summary

A key issue in the estimation of energy hedges is the hedgers' attitude towards risk which is encapsulated in the form of the hedgers' utility function. However, the literature typically uses only one form of utility function such as the quadratic when estimating hedges. This paper addresses this issue by estimating and applying energy market based risk aversion to commonly applied utility functions including log, exponential and quadratic, and the authors incorporate these in the hedging frameworks. They find significant differences in the optimal hedge strategies based on the utility function chosen.

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