May 15, 2020 / 11:24 AM / 22 days ago

EUROPE POWER-Spot prices mixed on increased German renewables, less French nuclear

PARIS, May 15 (Reuters) - European wholesale spot power prices for Monday delivery diverged on Friday as German prices eased on expected gains in wind and solar power generation while the French contract rose on lower expected wind output and less nuclear availability.

* Germany’s over-the-counter baseload contract for Monday delivery shed 1.4% to 21.50 euros ($23.24) per megawatt hour by 1102 GMT, compared to the price paid Thursday for Friday delivery.

* The equivalent French price added 5.4% to 19.50 euros/MWh over the same period.

* Power generation from German wind turbines is forecast to rise 1.6 gigawatts (GW) compared with Friday to 13.5 GW on Monday, Refinitiv Eikon data showed.

* German solar power supply will add 2.2 GW to 8.9 GW, the data showed.

* French wind electricity generation is projected to fall 3.2 GW to 1.6 GW day-on-day, while solar power supply is set to add 400 megawatts (MW) to 2.4 GW, the data showed.

* French nuclear availability dropped 3.5 percentage points compared with Wednesday to 63.8% of installed capacity as the Bugey 3 and Paluel 4 reactors went offline for scheduled maintenance.

* On the demand side, German power usage is expected to slip 1 GW on Monday to 61.5 GW, while French consumption is set to fall by 1.7 GW to 43.9 GW.

* Average temperatures are expected to rise back above seasonal norms on Monday, increasing by 4.9 degrees Celsius in Germany and 3.2 degrees Celsius in France.

* Starting Wednesday of next week, temperatures are expected to be 2-3 degrees Celsius above the seasonal average in France, according to French grid operator RTE.

* In the week-ahead market, the French price gained 1.5% to 17 euros/MWh. The German position stayed flat at 19.5 euros/MWh, tracking rising coal, oil, and carbon emission prices.

* Further along the curve, the German year-ahead delivery added nearly 1% to 36.3 euros/MWh.

* The French year-ahead power position rose 1.6% at 44.8 euros/MWh.

* December 2020 expiry European CO2 allowances increased 1.3% at 19.08 euros a tonne.

* Hard coal for northern European delivery in 2021 rose 1.2% at $53.5 a tonne.

* Oil prices jumped more than 3% on Friday, touching more than one-month highs amid signs that demand for crude was picking up with China reporting increased refinery runs, and rounding out a week of bullish news on the supply front.

* The gradual recovery of power demand is clearly visible in the percentage of fossil fuels utilization. From a low of about 10% we are now at roughly 15%, analyst group Marex Spectron said. ($1 = 0.9251 euros) (Reporting by Forrest Crellin Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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