On Monday, September 11th 2017 a high power generation from wind power plants hit low demand for electricity in Germany. Negative electricity prices occurred over a maximum period of five hours, so that the production was not affected by § 51 EEG 2017. Therefore, the number of negative prices rose to…
Despite a slight decline in the production of variable renewable energies sources (vRES) of around 3 per cent, the baseload price in Germany fell by around 2.2 EUR/MWh in August 2017 compared to the previous month. The reason for this was…
The electricity price, be it at the futures or the spot market, depends on several factors. Those include the (expected) demand, the available power plants (renewable and conventional) and the short-term fuel costs of the power plants used. The power plants along the upper part of the merit-order have the greatest influence on the electricity price, because they are needed to just meet demand. Generally, hard coal or gas-fired power plants are price-setting.
August 2017 was characterised by the second tender for wind-onshore, the subsequent discussions about citizen energy companies and the significantly decreased price level. Despite the summer break, electricity prices have been increasing at the long end of the curve.
Natural gas can either be transported grid-bound via pipelines or liquefied as LNG. In order to increase the energy density, the gas is transported through the pipelines under high pressure (around 80 bar).
On Saturday, August 19th 2017, as well as on Sunday, August 20th 2017, a high production of variable renewable energies hit a low demand. The primary causes of this are the weekend and the holiday period. On both days, negative prices occurred at noon over a maximum period of five hours, so that the production was not affected by § 51 EEG 2017.
The results of the second tender for wind-onshore were less highly anticipated than in the first tender in May 2017. After the significant dominance of citizen energy companies and the surprising low price level of 5.78 cent/kWh (highest approved bid), a similar result was expected for the second tender. The market participants were not “disappointed”.