15th June 2020 | Posted by: Daniel Birkett | Market Analysis

Gas Power
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Gas prices moved higher on Friday, with the near curve and summer contracts finding support from a stronger demand outlook due to a drop in wind power. Oil and coal also increased, lifting prices towards the back of the curve. Power prices followed gas and traded higher on Friday, ignoring a drop in carbon. Wind and hydro generation levels were also expected to fall this week which helped the prompt add to its price.
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The UK gas system has opened balanced this morning as gas-fired power demand has grown. Commodity markets are also weaker due to new cases of COVID-19 in the US and china. Despite this, gas prices are slightly bullish but any gains are minimal. Power contracts continue to find support from gas this morning despite a drop in coal, oil and carbon. Wind levels have plummeted compared to last week, while hydro production is also down as expected resulting in further gains on the prompt.

For a breakdown of the current generation mix visit our Power Generation Insights page.

Brent Summary

Brent 1st-nearby prices are still below $39/b following losses last week. Concerns over a second wave of the Coronavirus and a rise in US stocks are the main market drivers at present.

1-year forward prices

Market close data has revealed that the 1-year forward price for both commercial gas & commercial electricity decreased, closing at 29.78ppt and £40.55/MWh, respectively.

Today’s prices can also be found in an easy to read table on our ‘current UK energy price' page.

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energy price graph - 15-06-2020

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