The energy market in September 2020 was dominated by political announcements. The major topics were the amendment to the German Renewable Energy Act 2021 and the ideas to tighten the European climate targets. At the long end the electricity prices went up and down, while peak prices appeared on the European short-term market.
While tenders for onshore wind continue to be undersubscribed, there are indications of an amendment of the German renewable energy law in fall this year. At the same time, the first tender for the shutdown of hard coal-fired power plants was launched in August. At the long end, prices in August 2020 rose along with commodities.
The coal phase-out was decided in July 2020, as was the Building Energy Act. The EU Commission has published a hydrogen strategy and the half-year statistics for the electricity sector show strong renewables of over 50 percent. On the price side things continued upwards in July.
There has been little change in the tenders for renewable energies: PV was oversubscribed whereas wind was undersubscribed. However, June 2020 brought news on the legal and political front. Prices at the long end are pointing upwards again more strongly in June 2020.
Even if European countries have retracted Corona measures, the pandemic still has a major impact on energy policies and markets. PV beats wind in joint tenders and policy makers have agreed on changes for PV and wind. At the long end prices, stabilised or even went up again in May 2020.
Coal-fired power generation is sinking, wind is disappointing in tenders for renewable energies and PV is booming, and the National Hydrogen Strategy is making progress – these were the big issues in February.
In order to limit price peaks in the balancing energy price, the Federal Network Agency introduced the mixed-price system in the balancing market. However, this procedure was not free of problems either.
In the second part of our series on the “The German electricity balancing market in transition” we discuss what problems arose during implementation and how the market behaved.