Energy Wholesale Market Review, 17 January 2020

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Most power and gas contracts fell this week as the mild weather continued into the second half of January. Day-ahead gas lost 1.5% to 28.90p/th, following EU ETS and LNG prices lower. Day-ahead power was an exception, and rose 6.5% to £38.50/MWh, following drop in wind generation at the end of the week. February 20 gas was down 7.8% at 28.65p/th, and March 20 gas decreased 8.5% to 27.95p/th. All seasonal gas contracts declined last week, down by 6.0% on average, as summer 20 and winter 20 gas dropped 8.0% and 6.9% respectively, subsiding to 27.41p/th and 40.55p/th. All seasonal power contracts declined this week, down on average by 3.3%. Summer 20 power decreased 3.3% to £37.43/MWh, while winter 20 power fell 4.2% to £46.65/MWh. Brent crude oil fell by 4.1% to average $64.68/bl despite recovering to above $65/bl on 17 January. Crude prices continue to decline following lowered tensions in the Middle East, where it looks as though there will be no significant disruption to Brent crude oil supply. EU ETS carbon slipped by 0.1% to €24.49/t as prices fluctuated midweek on strong EUA auction turnout. API 2 coal lost by 2.0% to $56.28/t as the trend of a bearish API 2 coal market continues, reversing rare gains seen last week.

Baseload electricity
  • Day-ahead power rose 6.5% to £38.50/MWh, following lower wind generation near the end of the week.
  • February 20 power slipped 4.1% to £38.35/MWh and March 20 power decreased 4.0% to £37.45/MWh.
  • Q220 power moved 2.4% lower to £37.56/MWh.
  • The Annual April 20 contract lost 3.8% to £42.04/MWh, 24.9% lower than the same time last year (£55.98/MWh).

Forward curve comparison

Baseload electricity Forward curve comparison 17 January 2020

Annual October Contract

Baseload electricity Annual April contract 17 January 2020

Peak electricity
  • Day-ahead peak power was down 3.6% at £42.75/MWh, following baseload power higher.
  • February 20 peak power declined 2.9% at £43.90/MWh, and March 20 peak power decreased 4.0% to £41.30/MWh.
  • The Annual April 20 peak power lost 3.3% to 47.65/MWh.
  • This is 24.2% lower than the same time last year (62.83/MWh).

Forward curve comparison

Peak electricity Forward curve comparison 17 January 2020

Annual October contract

Peak electricity Annual April contract 17 January 2020

Seasonal power prices

Seasonal baseload power contracts

Seasonal power prices Seasonal baseload power contracts 17 January 2020

Seasonal baseload power curve

Seasonal power prices Seasonal baseload power curve 17 January 2020

  • All seasonal power contracts declined last week, down on average by 3.3%.
  • Summer 20 power decreased 3.3% to £37.43/MWh, while winter 20 fell 4.2% to £46.65/MWh.
  • All seasonal peak power contracts declined this week, down £3.1% on average.
  • Summer 20 and winter 20 peak power dropped 3.2% and 3.4% respectively, falling to £41.40/MWh and £53.90/MWh.
Commodity price movements

Oil and Coal

Commodity price movements Oil and Coal 17 January 2020

Carbon

Commodity price movements Carbon 17 January 2020

  • Brent crude oil fell by 4.1% to average $64.68/bl despite recovering to above $65/bl on 17 January. Crude prices continue to decline following lowered tensions in the Middle East, where it looks as though there will be no significant disruption to Brent crude oil supply.
  • With optimism about the US-China trade deal already factored into prices, minimal gains were seen when the deal was signed on 15 January. Countering this was news that China suffered its slowest economy growth in 29 years at only 6.1%.
  • API 2 coal fell 2.0% to average $56.28/t as the trend of a bearish API 2 coal market continues, reversing rare gains seen last week.
  • EU ETS carbon slipped 0.1% to average €24.49/t as prices fluctuated midweek on strong EUA auction turnout.
  • Prices lifted late last week on news of plans by Germany to phase coal out of generation. Initially this will see demand for EUA’s rise as Germany looks to burn out the remainder of its coal inventory, though naturally this will add weight to API 2 prices from the resulting lack of future demand by Europe’s largest economy.
Wholesale price snapshot

Wholesale price snapshot 17 January 2020

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