3.1 Where do the auctions take place?
The auctions take place via a live, online auction platform managed by NERA Economic Consultants. Bidders who do not want to participate in real-time bidding will have the option to confidentially and securely submit their bids ahead of the auction.
3.2 How will the auction work?
For the third auction, the PAF will run a multiple-round reverse auction. Under this format, the option premium (or the amount the bidder must pay for the price guarantee) will be fixed and bidders will bid up the strike price (or the guaranteed payment per emission reduction at redemption). Bidders will participate in a series of rounds during which they submit bids relaying the quantity demanded for a given premium. At the end of each round, the auction manager will reveal the aggregate demand at that price. The auction manager will then announce a new price for the next round, and this process will continue until demand no longer exceeds supply. For additional information, see the auction videos.
3.3 What is the difference between a reverse auction and a forward auction? Why change the format in the Third auction?
In a reverse auction, the PAF fixes the option premium and bidders then bid down the strike price. In a forward auction, the PAF fixes the strike price, and bidders then bid up the option premium. The PAF ran a reverse auction for its first auction and a forward auction for its second. The PAF will run a reverse auction for its third auction. For additional information on auction format, see the background research notes on auction theory, auction implementation, and environmental auctions.
3.4 What is the minimum and maximum number of put options that I can bid for? Can a single bidder win all of the put options?
The maximum and number of put options for which auction participants may bid will be announced before the third auction.
3.5 What will be the minimum decrement size for the put option strike price during the auctions?
The decrement will be set within a fixed bracket announced ahead of the auction. Additional information on the decrement size will be available in the Bidder Application Package.
3.6 How will the PAF prevent speculative bidding?
Winners will be required to purchase the put options by paying a premium. The premium discourages speculation by forcing winners to put their own resources at risk, knowing they will only be able to exercise the put option should they deliver eligible emission reductions.
3.7 Will some training be provided before the auction? Will there be a practice website and a dry run?
A mock auction will be organized prior to the auction date. Information related to the mock auction and training materials will be provided to interested parties that submit an application to participate in the auction.
3.8 Will the online auction be open to view in real time by non-participants?
No, the online auction will not be open for viewing by non-participants. However, the auction winners and the clearing price will be announced upon its conclusion. The PAF will share, as part of its piloting mandate, the lessons learned from the auctions.
3.9 I am unable to participate in the live auction, but would still like to bid for put options. Is there an alternative way to participate?
Yes, a bidder may also elect to use proxy bidding, an option where the software places a bid on behalf of the bidder. Under proxy bidding, a bidder specifies a proxy payment, which is a minimum payment determined by the bidder prior to the first auction round. If the going price for the strike price decreases below the proxy payment, then the bidder is deemed to have withdrawn all bid units at the proxy payment. If the bidder elects to use proxy bidding, this bidder cannot submit bids using another method throughout the auction.
3.10 I am worried that my internet connection may fail during the auction. What are my options for managing technical difficulties?
It is the bidder’s responsibility to minimize the risk of encountering technical difficulties. Bidders may consider securing access to a secondary Internet Service Provider (ISP) through a wireless card, or coordinating with a team member in a secondary location that does not rely on the same internet access.
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