Electricity Prices, markets & analysis
The European wholesale electricity markets are developing quickly, with liquidity growing across the continent. Electricity professionals in this rapidly moving market need access to independent and reliable information to help them make decisions faster.
At ICIS, we provide expert coverage of the electricity markets in Europe, supplying our customers with the latest over-the-counter price assessments, news, monthly analysis and unrivalled information on the European renewable energy markets. Our new German Spot Price Forecast product can also support you with your short term planning.
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Electricity Overview Transcript
The interesting thing about the European Electricity markets is that electricity can’t be stored so unlike other commodities, you don’t have the ability to put things in storage, and you don’t have those dynamics.
The grid has to balance the power market every minute of every hour of every day.
Another thing that’s making electricity really interesting right now is that it’s a key part of the renewable energy policy of the European Union. The European Union is relying on power to make up most of its renewable energy targets. And so gas-fired generation, coal-fired generation and hydro-generation is coming together with newer forms of renewable forms of generation such as wind and solar and the differences in weather make for very volatile pricing.
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Electricity news and market information products from ICIS
We offer the following regional Electricity analysis and news coverage to keep you informed of factors and developments affecting prices in the Electricity marketplace.
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Independent price assessments and market coverage by region
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Electricity: Market overview
Updated to Q4 2014
Most European electricity markets enter the final quarter of 2014 in a fundamentally oversupplied position: plenty of gas resides in storage to fuel gas-fired power plants in the wake of a mild summer; global coal prices are historically weak, meaning coal-fired power plants can run at low cost; more renewable energy has been installed since the previous year; and Eastern Europe boasts healthy hydropower stocks.
Amid all this supply, demand for electricity remains stunted, having decoupled from GDP in most countries due to decentralised power generation and energy efficiency measures.
The big question mark for Europe is nuclear. Major outages in Belgium and the UK mean some supply-side risk remains, and any shortages could spur imports from Germany and France, tightening markets across the continent.
The markets will also keep a close eye on Russia-Ukraine tensions which, although seen by most as heading for a peaceful conclusion – at least in terms of gas supply – could yet have a sting in the tail for energy markets due to the inherently uncertain nature of political strife.
News & analysis
Electricity news & analysis
ICIS price assessments are based on information gathered from a wide cross-section of the market, comprising consumers, producers, traders and distributors from more than 250 reporters world-wide. Confirmed deals, verified by both buyer and seller, provide the foundation of our price assessments.
Our in-depth market knowledge drives our specialist focus, as we recognise the importance of individual market dynamics and not a one-size-fits-all approach.
Over 25 years of reporting on key chemicals markets, including Electricity, has brought global recognition of our methodology as being unbiased, authoritative and rigorous in preserving our editorial integrity. Our global network of reporters in Houston, London, Singapore, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Mumbai, Perth and Moscow ensures unrivalled coverage of established and emerging markets.
European Daily Electricity Markets Methodology
European Power Price Drivers
Industrial & Commercial Energy Snapshot (electricity)
The financial value of electricity is established by two methods: 1.Price Assessments. ICIS assesses the market closing prices for a range of European power hubs on the day of publication, and publishes a price range for each delivery period on a number of liquid markets. This is known as the BID-OFFER RANGE, representing the highest buyer’s bid and the lowest seller’s offer at the relevant close of each market. 2.Indexation (Heren Index).
Indices are published for a variety of delivery periods and delivery points. Each Heren Index is a transaction-based price, calculated using the volume-weighted average of eligible transactions (trades) for the relevant delivery period reliably reported to ICIS.