The first part of this paper establishes some new pieces of evidence on the dynam- ics of prices and volumes in wholesale electricity day-ahead markets (NordPool, APX, Powernext). The growth of prices is more strongly autocorrelated than the growth of volumes; it is more more heavy-tailed; and its conditional standard deviation decays like the reciprocal of the price level (1=P scaling).
In the second part of the paper, it is shown that a linear supply function with stochastic intercept and constant slope suffices to explain the 1=P scaling. Furthermore, this model allows to decompose price °uctua- tions in an exogenous demand effect and a strategically-driven supply effect. In light of this model, the heavier tails of price growth and its stronger autocorrelation structure are due to persistent and intermittent strategic moves by suppliers, related to expected demand growth