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A volatile February 2018 stirs up the industry

Abbildung 2: Preisverlauf für Frontjahreslieferung 2019 Base (DE) im Januar und Februar 2018, (Quelle: Montel)
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Both the negotiations on the German coalition agreement and the prices on commodity exchanges were very volatile in February 2018. PPAs are becoming increasingly attractive and the results of the tenders for renewable energies speak for themselves.

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January 2018 shows where we will head to

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The ideas for a new edition of the Grand Coalition fall behind those of the Jamaica negotiations. Changes to the Renewable Energies Act and larger tender volumes will be unavoidable. Long-term Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) could develop to be the main compensation form next to the EEG. After the earthquake in the Netherlands, the gas sector must adjust to further cuts in L-gas imports. The electricity prices at the long end go down according to political announcements to postpone a coal exit and due to lower coal prices.

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Autumn highs on the electricity markets- is this the turnaround?

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Since the beginning of August 2017 the prices on the electricity and commodity markets have been breaking one record after the other. Is it eventually time to pop the corks and finally ring in the end of the lean times? Or is it barely a temporary anomaly? To find an answer, we investigate the causes of the current price development.

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The Coal price is the key!

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.

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Tutorial gas market 6: Natural gas transportation and storage

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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).

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Tutorial gas market 5: Price indices

The linkage to the oil price is achieved by not including a fixed price in the gas contracts but a formula by which the gas price is calculated using the oil price.

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How flexible are German power plants really?

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The influence of variable renewable energy sources (vRES) dominates the day-ahead market. The displacement of conventional power plants during high feed-in of vRES affects prices and generation volumes. For the Calendar Week 25 (19 – 25 June) it is analysed how conventional power plants need to adjust their scheduling because of the vRES feed-in.

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Tutorial gas market 4: Specificities of natural gas procurement contracts

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In the procurement of gas some singularities have developed, which distinguish the gas market from other commodity markets. Import companies, for example, sometimes have very long-term contracts with gas producers (up to 20 years), a linkage to the oil price and the so called take-or-pay volumes or flexibilities with limits. This chapter aims to familiarize you with the terminology, to understand their meaning and to assess the consequences for the energy industry.

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