The results of the tenders for renewable energies were almost predictable. Minimum distances for wind parks and the 52-GW cap for PV remain contentious issues. The figures for the storage sector for 2019 are consistently positive. The effects of the global spread of the new corona virus are particularly noticeable in the energy sector on the price side.
In the second part of this blog series, we elaborate on the links between the coronavirus pandemic and energy markets. Specifically, we examine the possible medium-term consequences for the front years 2021 to 2025 on Europe’s electricity markets due to the coronavirus and the turbulences on the oil market. We conducted the analysis using the fundamental model Power2Sim.
The global spread of the Sars-CoV-2 pathogen has an impact on all global energy markets. With lower demand for energy due to social and economic constraints, commodity prices on the markets have collapsed dramatically.
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.
The coal phase-out has finally been stipulated in a law, even if less ambitious than the coal commission had proposed. The results of the last solar auction in December 2019 have been published and German emissions fell by about 50 million tonnes of CO2 last year. In the first month of 2020, prices at the long end continued to fall.
The energy industry is overflowing with a lot of trends and buzzwords, such as agile. It is often not easy to distinguish between them: what is hype and what is a sustainable trend for change? However, it is certain that the transformation of energy markets involves more than just the transformation of controllable, fossil-fuel to fluctuating, renewable energy production. It also requires new forms of organisation and leadership.