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European power prices rally on reactor outages, coal gains

2016-10-13 10:42:13 EST

Increased cross-border demand from France is putting Germany on track to become Europe's biggest exporter of electricity this year with Germany's installed wind capacity approaching 50 GW this winter.

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Houston (Platts)--24 Oct 2016 551 pm EDT/2151 GMT
The operators of generation units that cleared in the PJM Interconnection's Capacity Performance auction for the 2016-17 planning year have spent or are spending about $250 million in response to the new capacity market's tougher reliability requirements, stakeholders learned Monday.
London (Platts)--24 Oct 2016 840 am EDT/1240 GMT
European power prices continued their rally Monday with spot prices spiking in France, Belgium and the UK amid a very tight supply/demand balance, while forecasts of a cold snap early November lifted near curve prices with year-ahead power also boosted by rising coal, gas and carbon prices.
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The Barrel Blog

September 27, 2016
Ross McCracken blogs on the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority, which confirmed in September that it had received the lowest bids ever for solar power.
September 23, 2016
The UN ICAO is poised to take a ground-breaking decision on a global market-based measure to control aviation’s greenhouse gas emissions in a matter of days.
September 02, 2016
One might expect hot weather drives demand, which in turn, translates over to power prices. However, that was not the case in many parts of the US recently.
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Feature - UK Nuclear Analysis: Hinkley Point C

September 19, 2016
If Hinkley Point C proceeds, it points to a future UK generation mix heavily reliant on fixed-cost generation and provides a bleak outlook for gas-fired operators, CCS and new forms of renewables like tidal power.
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Financial risk
S&P said in May: “We believe that a decision to go ahead on the Hinkley Point C nuclear newbuild would likely lead to a one-notch rating downgrade given the embedded high execution risks and significant investment needs.”
CCS option
The UK is unlikely to have the appetite to subsidize both new nuclear and CCS, but CCS has failed on a commercial level in the UK.

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UK day-ahead power contracts rose March 21 amid stable power demand as forecasts for falling wind and solar power generation tightened surplus margins, sources said.


Global aviation emissions accord to push fuel efficiency, not cuts
October 11, 2016
- Assessing the ICAO's global aviation emissions agreement and how it is likely to reinforce airlines' commitment to improving their fuel efficiency.
EU gears up to drive oil out of transport
August 02, 2016
- With the EU looking to cut its transport emissions and high oil import dependency, we discuss whether biofuels or renewable electricity could really displace oil on a large scale.
Why are UK power prices higher than the rest of Europe?
June 21, 2016
- As the UK votes on whether to leave the EU, we ask if UK or EU policies are more important for UK power prices.
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