FRANKFURT: Prices of next week’s power delivery contracts in the European wholesale market rose sharply on Wednesday as colder weather was on the cards, while renewable and some conventional output forecasts pointed to tight supply.
The French week-ahead baseload contract was up 13.2 per cent at 92.3 euros ($107.02) a megawatt hour (MWh), while the equivalent German contract rose 5 per cent to 47 euros.
Broker Marex Spectron said high-pressure areas forming over the North Atlantic was set to push cold air towards Europe over the next seven to 10 days.
“Temperatures are expected to be well below the norm. Winds will be intermittent, but overall weak over continental Europe,” it said in a research note.
Germany’s day-ahead power position was off 17.9 per cent at 51.5 euros on an anticipated wind supply rise of 1.7 gigawatts (GW) day-on-day, according to Thomson Reuters data, but wind and solar output next week will be subdued.