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May 2018Research notes

GB Balancing Mechanism Summary – April 2018

Aurora’s Flexibility Market Summary provide a concise monthly review of recent events in key markets for flexible technologies. The initial focus is on the balancing mechanism and firm ...
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16 May 2018   |   Recharge

The looming power-price crisis facing renewables

"In an interview with Recharge about renewables in a post-subsidy environment, Hugo Batten, Head of GB Renewables at Aurora said: “From what I’ve heard from developers, they’re just not willing to take that merchant risk, because the price cannibalisation risk is too severe. Developers don’t really have a good feeling of what the [wholesale market price] might be [in the years to come]. What the industry is saying is, ‘Look, we’re not going to build this stuff unless some of the price risk is transferred'.” "

9 May 2018   |   Daily Telegraph

Swansea tidal’s cost claims crumble under questioning

"Richard Howard Head of Research from Aurora Energy Research, who also appeared before the committee, cast doubt on whether tidal lagoon power would be able to follow in the steps of the offshore wind industry. He pointed out that a major factor in the heady fall in costs by almost half in recent years was in large part due to competition between developers as they vied for contracts in an auction setting. The full Select Committee hearing on Swansea Tidal Lagoon is available on the Parliamentary TV channel (https://parliamentlive.tv)"

9 May 2018   |   Yahoo Finance

Sir John Hood to join Blackstone Board of Directors

"Blackstone today (May 8) announced that Sir John Hood will join its board of directors effective May 14, 2018. Sir John is currently Chair of the Rhodes Trust, which oversees the Rhodes scholarship program, and is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Robertson Foundation. He also serves as director of WPP plc and Aurora Energy Research, and Chairman of BMT Group and Study Group Limited."

8 May 2018   |   Zeitung für kommunale Wirtschaft

Leitstand oder Leid-Stand?

"According to Zeitung für kommunale Wirtschaft (ZfK), the Q1 recovery in gas plant economics in Germany could soon be over. Wholesale market prices and clean spark spreads declined again in April. This conclusion is supported by analysis from Aurora Energy Research, which tracks hourly data of the 50 largest power plants in Germany. For each hour, ramping parameters and operational costs are combined with costs for carbon certificates and the captured price on the day-ahead market."

May 2018Forecasts

European Gas Market Forecast – Annual Report 2018

The European Gas Market Forecast, 2018 annual edition presents Aurora’s latest view on the state of the European gas market, and includes our updated outlook on natural gas prices, demand, ...
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May 2018Research notes

Distributed and Flexible Energy Market Outlook Report for H1 2018.

Aurora’s latest Distributed and Flexible Energy Market Outlook Report for H1 2018 presents Aurora’s comprehensive view on developments in policy and technology, our integrated market ...
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April 2018Research notes

North West Europe Gas System Performance – March 2018

Aurora’s gas system performance report provides a monthly snapshot of key operating characteristics for the European gas market. The key statistics include prices, volumes, trade, ...
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26 April 2018   |   Bloomberg

The Electricity Industry Is Giving Europe’s Power Traders a Headache

"As solar capacity has surged more than ten-fold in the past decade in Germany, it’s leaving utility executives wondering if they should switch off coal and natural gas plants for a few hours when the photovoltaic facilities deliver their peak yield. “Thermal plants are struggling a lot with having to ramp up and down fast when they are needed,” said Hanns Koenig, a project leader at Aurora Energy Research, and advises utilities, investors and governments. “To ramp up quickly uses extra fuel and may not be economical so currently a lot of plants run through solar’s production peak.”"

April 2018Research notes

GB FFR Market Summary – March 2018

Aurora’s Flexibility Market Summary provide a concise monthly review of recent events in key markets for flexible technologies. The initial focus is on the balancing mechanism and firm ...
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