25th April 2019 | Posted by: Daniel Birkett | Market Analysis

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Movement along the gas curve was mixed on Wednesday, although a drop in coal later in the session helped prices close down. Carbon also displayed a small decrease, while oil was unchanged. Meanwhile, the supply/ demand outlook was comfortable, with a steady influx of LNG deliveries expected in the coming weeks. Renewable availability was down yesterday which offered support to the prompt, with the rest of the curve also moving higher. Later in the session, a sharp drop in coal prices helped towards losses further along the curve, with oil offering little direction.
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The system remains slightly long this morning despite cooler weather, as flows into the UK are healthy. However, most contacts display a small increase, correcting upwards after yesterday afternoon's coal sell-off. Power prices display minor gains with direction coming from a rise in gas contracts. Fuel markets are relatively unchanged, while an expected drop in temperatures and renewable generation tomorrow and over the weekend has helped to lift the prompt.

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Brent Summary

Brent 1st-nearby prices display a small increase despite a rise in US crude inventories, as Saudi Arabia are unlikely to act quickly, if at all in regards to offsetting the effects of Iranian sanctions.

1-year forward prices

Market close data has revealed that the 1-year forward price for both commercial gas & commercial electricity decreased – closing at 52.50ppt and £56.73/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 - 25-04-2019

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