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GB Wholesale Market Summary – August 2018

Aurora’s GB wholesale market report provides a monthly summary of key characteristics in the wholesale market, ranging from overviews of fundamental system drivers to estimates of major company performance and snapshots of individual plant operation.

Highlghts from the August report include:

  1. Driven by rising fuel and carbon prices, the average power price in August increased to £59.5/MWh, the highest average for August seen for a decade (August 2008 was £73.7/MWh).
  2. As demand decreased by 1% from July, total production fell by 0.9 TWh, with CCGT generation falling by 1.7 TWh relative to July.
  3. Total monthly gross profits rose by £156m in August compared to July, due to utilisation rate of non-thermal assets increasing from last month, coupled with rising electricity prices and tighter capacity margins.
  4. With the wind returning to the British Isles, the average wind load factor increased by 9 percentage points, coupled with a 6.5% increase in wind capture prices, resulted in 65% increase in gross profits of SSE and Scottish Power.

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