AleaSoft records higher electricity prices in most European markets

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Most major European electricity markets recorded a gradual increase in weekly electricity prices during the second week of May, according to Spanish consultancy AleaSoft Energy Forecasting. 

The largest weekly increases were in the German and Nordic markets, at 18% and 12%, respectively. Increases were also observed in the Belgian, British, Dutch, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese markets. The only exception was the French market, where prices fell 17%.

Weekly average prices remained below €65 ($70.66)/MWh in most analyzed markets. The exceptions were the German, British and Italian markets, with respective averages of €67.33/MWh, €81.65/MWh and €90.86/MWh.

The French market had the lowest weekly average, standing at €28.06/MWh, breaking Portugal’s 13-week streak as the market with the lowest weekly prices.

All the analyzed countries, except the British and Italian markets, registered negative prices last week. For the second consecutive week, the Dutch market reached the lowest hourly price, at -€200.00/MWh, recorded on May 12 between 13:00 and 14:00.

AleaSoft said a fall in wind energy production and an increase in the average price of gas and CO2 emission allowances had an upward influence on electricity market prices. A decline in electricity demand in most major European markets last week may have also played a part, which came as countries experienced warmer than average temperatures for this time of year.

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The French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish markets all broke records for daily solar energy production in the second week of May.

Spain generated 181 GWh on May 8, while France reached 128 GWh on May 10. Germany and Portugal’s new record both came on May 12, when the German market hit 382 GWh and the Portuguese market reached 20 GWh. The Italian market recorded its second highest value in history, at 132 GWh, only 2 GWh less than its peak the week prior.

AleaSoft said solar energy production will continue to increase in Germany in the third week of May, but fall in Spain and Italy.

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