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Markets Ease as We Head into Summer

Market Summary

April 2023

The market outlook remains positive with energy prices generally continuing a downward trajectory with the next few months seeing significant reductions.

Both UK and EU gas storage is high for this time of year at 65% and 56% respectively which is good news for the winter ahead.

The ongoing strikes in France have caused further problems within the energy market, with Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) imports being unable to dock there. Maintenance delays at several French power plants also took around 17.6 GW of power capacity offline which briefly affected short-term UK energy contracts.

Strong winds caused gas prices to increase briefly as LNG ships struggled to dock, but positively affected wind generation, which contributed to 45% of the generation mix on some days.

Energy Bill Discount Scheme (EBDS)

Energy and Trade Intensive Industries (ETII)

Eligible businesses have 90 days from the 26th of April to apply for the additional support available.

Net Zero News

Drax has taken a step further towards eliminating the use of fossil fuels by moving to convert its last coal power stations to biomass power generation.

Electricity and Gas Prices

Gas Prices 01/04/2023 - 02/05/2023

Day ahead and summer prices continue to see a downward trend which has dropped by up to 25% from early April which is positive news for the summer.

Electricity Prices 01/04/2023 - 02/05/2023

Winter 2023 prices are still relatively high, with up to 61% premium built into electricity prices due to the uncertainty of how cold the weather will be at that time.

Gas & Electricity Prices - 1st April to 28th April 2023

Flexible Purchasing

EPEX Price

Our flexible purchasing customers are buying on EPEX, a European auction for power. Because they auction every hour of each day, customers get the “market average” price as opposed to a fixed-term contract over eg a 12-month period. Being on this product means that you will pay the average of each day for the month and once the market falls the price will follow.

The EPEX price currently is 10.31 p/kWh (commodity). With the non-commodity added to this, the overall rate will be 23 p/kWh+.

Carbon Prices

The price of permits on the European Union's carbon market fell to below €90 a tonne, as weaker industrial output across the region reduces industrial firms' demand for permits and lower natural gas prices led to lower gas-to-coal switch.

The UK ETS has also seen a consistent drop over the month to just above £60 per tonne.

Oil Market

Brent crude prices have gradually decreased throughout April mainly due to the decline of manufacturing activity in China which has reduced demand.

Brent opened at $84.56 at the beginning of the month and has seen a decrease of 7% to $78.86 per barrel.

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