Wholesale prices

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    Price cap rising to the highest level with further rises on the horizon

    Commenting on today’s Ofgem announcement that the default price cap would increase by £139 to £1,277 for the six months effective from 1 October 2021 for a typical domestic customer, Craig Lowrey, Senior Consultant at Cornwall Insight, said: “Despite serving as a means by which to curtail cost increases, the...

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    Incidents of price cannibalisation of renewable assets on the rise

    Research from Cornwall Insight Australia shows that the growth of variable renewable energy (VRE) generation significantly impacts their captured price. In fact, in FY18, 98% of the grid-scale solar generation volumes captured prices above $50/MWh. However, this has reduced to 12% in FY21. On top of this, wind and solar...

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    Energy News Live | Power prices for SMEs climb to record levels

    Our research showing prices rising for Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) was featured in Energy News Live. Electricity prices for SMEs reached record highs in the second quarter of the year. Discussing the reasoning behind the significant price rise Molly Lloyd Senior analyst at Cornwall Insight explained the rise in...

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    SME power prices reach record highs

    Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) power prices have continued to rise in Q221, reaching the highest level since our records began in Q212, according to the latest research from Cornwall Insight’s Pricing in the SME power market report. Over the past quarter, prices have increased by 5.82% to average at...

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    High wholesale prices and negative pricing events forecasted to grow

    Research from Cornwall Insight’s Benchmark Power Curve, which forecasts the power market to 2045 under different net zero scenarios, highlights volatility in the wholesale power market is set to increase. Its central case scenario predicts that the standard deviation of hourly wholesale prices could reach £41.8/MWh by 2030. In the...

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    Cornwall Insight PPA Market share survey | Increased interest and competition boost market

    The Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) market for renewable assets continues to be highly competitive, according to the latest survey results from Cornwall Insight’s PPA insight service. In fact, the PPA market for renewable generation assets has seen a significant rise in the £/MWh value achieved by generators, particularly in the...

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    The gap between cheapest energy fixed tariff and price cap narrows

    Research from Cornwall Insight’s ‘Domestic supplier insight service reveals the gap between the cheapest tariff on the market and the default tariff price cap has reduced to its lowest level since February 2019, standing at £219/year. This is 40% less than at the end of April 2020 when it was...

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    The Guardian | 11m UK households in line for £100 savings on energy bills

    Home energy bills for 11m households could tumble by up to £100 a year from this winter. This is following a record low energy market prices during the COVID-19 lockdown, according to analysts. We are expecting to see a significant decrease to the default price cap in Ofgem’s announcement, with...

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    PV Europe | Renewable generator revenues fall due to COVID-19 lockdown

    Our research highlighting a fall in renewable generator revenues has fallen due to the effects of the COVID-19 lockdown was featured in PV Europe. Captured wholesale prices for solar PV and wind have been the lowest of all observed technologies. In April, average captured prices were £19.6/MWh and £19.5/MWh for...

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    Smart Energy International | Will Irish households benefit from falling wholesale prices?

    Our research on Irish wholesale prices falling and the benefit to consumers was featured in Smart Energy International. Joe Camish an Analyst at Cornwall Insight explained that fall in wholesale prices was largely influenced by the drop in demand stemming from the COVID-19 lockdown measures. Commenting further Joe said that...

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    Renewable generator revenues fall due to COVID-19 lockdown

    Research from Cornwall Insight’s Green Power Forecast reveals there has been a sharp decline in generator revenues. Solar and wind technologies have been particularly impacted by low demand levels due to the COVID-19 lockdown. Solar PV captured prices were, on average, 8.4% and 14.9% below baseload levels in March and...

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    COVID-19 impacts: gas and power prices over the summer months

    As Great Britain (GB) is starting to move through the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been some indications that the energy market could be passing its trough. Tim Dixon, Wholesale Team Lead at Cornwall Insight, looks into how GB gas & power prices may shape up over the...

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    COVID-19 impacts: Surge in negative pricing

    As a consequence of COVID-19 and its effect on energy demand, wind now represents a more substantial proportion of Great Britain’s (GB) energy mix. At the same time, CCGT plant is having to respond to lower load factors. This has resulted in not only record low wholesale prices but a...

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    Cornwall Insight Ireland comments on negative wholesale prices in the SEM

    On 5 April the Irish Single Electricity Market (SEM) experienced a negative day-ahead trading price for almost the whole day. The below graph shows the day-ahead market starting at -€6.0/MWh, before falling as low as -€14.5/MWh at 2:00 pm. Overall, the day saw 20 of the hourly settlement periods outturn...

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    Oil prices crash causes GB gas and power prices to go into freefall

    Following the impacts of Covid-19 on global demand and oil price disputes between Russia and Saudi Arabia, Brent crude oil prices fell to a 17-year low of below $26/bl on 18 March 2020. The recent crash saw prices record the most significant daily loss since the end of the Gulf...

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    Cornwall Insight comments on the effects of Coronavirus causing drop in oil price

    Commenting on the effects of Coronavirus on the global oil price Joe Camish, Analyst at Cornwall Insight, said: “As a result of travel bans escalating and social restrictions imposed due to the Coronavirus worldwide, there has been a sharp fall in global oil demand. This has seen Brent crude oil...

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    Highest offshore wind load factors recorded since 2015

    Latest research from Cornwall Insight highlights that as a result of the elevated wind speeds experienced in January onshore wind load factors averaged 42% for the month, and older offshore sites (pre-2016) reached an average of 52%. Newer (post-2016) windfarms fared much better with offshore wind farms load factors averaging...

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    The Guardian | Energy bills to fall for about 15m households as price cap lowered

    Robert Buckley Head of Retail and Relationship Development featured in The Guardian discussing why early the price cap fell by less than some industry commentators had predicted. He explained that the tumbling cost of wholesale energy last year was offset by the rising cost of maintaining the energy networks and...

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    Price cap declines but is expected to fall further still

    Commenting on today’s Ofgem announcement that the default price cap would decrease by £17 to £1,162 for the six months effective from 1 April 2020, Robert Buckley Head of Retail and Relationship Development at Cornwall Insight, said: “Due to the mild winter the UK has experienced, it will have come...

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    Middle East tensions have the potential to increase energy bills

    The risk of direct military conflict between the US and Iran following missile strikes by US forces on Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad on 3rd January has been reflected in the oil market, given the potential disruption to supplies from the region. Such volatility is set to reverberate across...

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    Cornwall Insight comments on negative wholesale prices recorded for the first time

    On 9 December the UK experienced a negative day-ahead trading price for the first time, with prices for 03:00 AM to 04:00 AM UTC delivery on the hourly day-ahead auction dropping to -£2.84/MWh. This was caused by exceptionally high wind generation in GB throughout the weekend combined with low demand...

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    Brexit considerations for the energy sector

    Since the Supreme Court ruling on the prorogation of Parliament and MPs arriving back in Westminster, attention has been re-focused on the UK’s departure from the European Union. The country is being told to get prepared for Brexit on the 31 October, and businesses are trying to navigate what it...

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    Financial Times | UK renewable energy auction prices plunge

    Our thoughts on the Contracts for Difference (CfD) Allocation Round 3 results were quoted in the Financial Times. There was record low clearing prices of the results indicated the continued and rapid cost reductions for offshore wind resulting in competitive auctions. James Brabben Wholesale Manager at Cornwall Insight pointed out...

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    Cornwall Insight comments on Tuesday’s wholesale power price surge

    Tuesday saw a series of events in the UK and Europe wholesale gas and power markets that contributed to a sharp day-on-day jump in prices, putting a stop to the recent downward trend in wholesale prices. Tuesday’s incidents: In France, news of problems with components to a critical supplier of...

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    Price cap falling but set to rise in April 2020

    Today, Ofgem announced the default price cap would decrease by £75 to £1,179 per year for the six months effective from 1 October 2019. However, this is unlikely to last with Cornwall Insight’s Price Cap Predictor showing the default price cap is set to increase by at least £30 for...

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    Recharge | ‘Wind and solar have nothing to fear from price cannibalisation’

    Cornwall Insight's research on price cannibalisation features in a recharge article that discusses zero wholesale prices and the effects on renewables against other power sources As more variable wind and solar is added to the grid, the more wholesale market prices fall — this is known “price cannibalisation”. According to...

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    Pricing and renewables: estimating the new Celtic Interconnector use

    Earlier this month Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and French President Emmanuel Macron signed a letter confirming plans to build a new 700MW Celtic Interconnector. With the looming context of Brexit, volatile energy prices and discussions about how to enable high volumes of renewables, Cornwall Insight Ireland has examined the likely flows...

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    Can market driven subsidy-free PPAs deliver deeper, wider decarbonisation?

    In a week in which the prospect of legislating for net-zero is again in the headlines, a solid prospectus for delivering deeper and wider power sector decarbonisation has never been more critical. A positive outcome of the closure of subsidy schemes has been the way in which resilient and adaptable...

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    A glimpse into the future of wholesale power

    Over the Easter holidays, the UK bathed in warm sunshine and as a result, the GB wholesale power market experienced a series of notable events, some that would have once been rare. High levels of embedded solar generation reduced the need for grid-connected energy production, causing the minimum daytime demand...

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    Price cap rising today but is predicted to fall in October

    Today, Ofgem announced the price cap will increase by £117 to £1,254. Cornwall Insight’s tariff cap predictor (graph below) was forecasting a new cap level of £1,250 back in November 2018 only £4 out. However, with wholesale cost pressure starting to fall Cornwall Insight’s early predictions for winter 2019 show...