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Energy Market Analysis – 31-05-2013 31st May, 2013  

The demand on our Local Distribution Zones is set to have a bearish effect on prices today; estimated to be 16mm cm below yesterday’s level.

Wind generation from Germany is on the rise today, expecting an additional 8 GW compared with yesterday, resulting in a weaker spot power price.

How did the energy markets close?

Day-ahead gas fell 0.1ppt yesterday on the back of a well-supplied system.  Prices on the curve remained firm due to the pound weakening against the euro which in turn worked against the fall in oil.

Day-ahead power was up £2.20/MWh following the delayed restart of a nuclear plant.  This was not seen on the front of the curve as July-13 fell by £0.25/MWh, as supply levels are expected to be strong following the completion of maintenance at a number of nuclear power plants.

How did the energy markets open?

Gas day-ahead is up 0.75ppt this morning with a similar sentiment on the far curve.

Power did not follow its gas counterpart, shedding £0.40/MWh off the day-ahead due to weaker demand and stronger nuclear supply.  However front months have opened positive, likely caused by the planned maintenance at the interconnector in June.

1-year forward prices

Based on last night’s closing data, 1 year forward gas and electricity prices have both risen by 0.12/ppt and £0.25/MWh respectively – reflected in the graph below.

Latest Brent Crude Oil prices

After closing at $102/bl yesterday, oil has fallen again today, currently trading at $101.6/bl.  The release of US oil inventory data and stronger consumer spending are likely to support prices from falling further.

Energy Prices

Energy Prices 31-05-2013

Note: Brent Crude prices are taken from opening market data, and do not represent the price as it changes throughout the day.

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James Turner

James Turner

James is a Senior Pricing Analyst at Apollo Energy and writes the daily energy market analyses. Connect with James on Google+.