16th April 2020 | Posted by: Daniel Birkett | Market Analysis

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Gas prices moved down on Wednesday, following the overall energy complex, with power & carbon markets both weakening. Commodities continue to fall due to the effects of the Coronavirus, while a warmer weather outlook should weigh on gas demand. Power prices followed their gas counterparts and traded down yesterday during a bearish session for energy markets. Warmer temperatures also weighed on the near curve, while renewables were almost unchanged.
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The UK gas system has moved long this morning which has lifted the Day-Ahead contract; however, the rest of the near-curve has climbed higher, following stronger carbon and power. Power prices have rebounded this morning, dictated by a rise in carbon and oil, with feedstocks also retracing some of their losses. Meanwhile, wind levels have dropped today but an improvement is expected tomorrow, weighing on the prompt.

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

Brent Summary

Brent 1st-nearby prices have opened higher but the overall trend remains bearish due to extremely weak global demand.

1-year forward prices

Market close data has revealed that the 1-year forward price for both commercial gas & commercial electricity increased – closing at 31.92ppt and £38.80/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 - 16-04-2020

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