Wholesale gas and power prices rise in Q2 2016 due to Brexit and supply concerns

08 July, 2016
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The ICIS Power Index Q2 2016 analysis shows UK gas and power prices have reversed a two-year downward trend

London, UK, 8th July 2016 – Wholesale UK gas and electricity prices begun to climb during Q2, according to analysis of the energy markets published by ICIS, the independent authority on energy market pricing.

UK energy prices were boosted early in the quarter with supply concerns for both gas and power, and rose further towards the end of the quarter with shifting sentiment over the EU referendum.

The Brexit result then pushed prices towards nine-month highs, due to the collapse in value of the pound, which boosted demand for British energy from traders dealing in euros.

The ICIS Power Index (IPI) averaged £38.12 per megawatt-hour (MWh) over Q2, rising 9% over the previous quarter. Gas to be delivered the following year averaged 36.14 pence per therm (p/th) – up 12%.

This was the first rise for average gas prices since Q3 2013, while power prices rose for the first time since Q4 2014.

‘Gas maintenance has boosted buying activity in the market during Q2, but the fall in the value of sterling has made UK gas more attractive to European buyers, boosting British prices as a result,’ said Tom Marzec-Manser, Gas Editor at ICIS.

‘More coal-fired plants have come offline, and electricity supply margins remain tight for the winter,’ said Jamie Stewart, Electricity Editor at ICIS.

‘Rising gas consumption for power generation is also helping to boost electricity prices.’

The ICIS Power Index delivers independent insight into the complex world of wholesale power prices for both households and industrial electricity consumers, based on real market trading.

The ICIS Power Index is updated every working day and is freely available from the ICIS website, along with ICIS’ analysis of price trends and volumes during Q1 2016.

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