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.
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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: Market overview
European electricity curves are far more likely to explore their downside potential in the coming period than post any significant recovery with the approaching summer months likely to bring the associated seasonal drop in power consumption. Further bearish sentiment will stem from prompt prices, particularly in a country such as Germany where renewable generation should be high which will ease the pressure on the power grid.
Other fuels are unlikely to provide much inspiration either. After carbon’s recent volatility following the official start of back-loading, prices should be more stable with uptrend to take place over a longer period of time if at all, sources said. Coal prices are likely to see further falls as the market sees its own drop in consumption. European natural gas prices could see an uplift in prices depending on how the situation unfolds between Russia and Ukraine. But as it stands, gas markets are faced with weak market fundamentals with supply levels fairly strong despite the additional possibility that more LNG supplies could be diverted to Asia as its demand picks up this summer.
Updated to mid-April 2014
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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.