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Renewable energy prices rebounded 10% after collapse in March

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April 15, 2020

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Renewable energy prices across Europe have recovered after a 15-30% fall in March and rebounded 10% in April.

Prices took a substantial hit at the beginning of March, falling between 15-30% across key markets compared to average prices in February, but have largely recovered from March lows, said Pexapark, the provider of advisory services for clean energy Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs).

While this is good news, the episode has pointed to the importance of risk management for the renewable energy sector, the company added.

Prices have recovered from EUR 32.88 to EUR 36.36 as of April 9

Pexapark’s composite European index which tracks the evolution of PPAs prices across all relevant European markets, shows that the prices were EUR 38.78 per MWh on February 18 and only EUR 32.88 per MWh on March 23.

The Pexa Euro Composite tracks how the average price or European renewable energy varies over time

After that prices have recovered from EUR 32.88 to EUR 36.36 per MWh as of April 9, or around 10%. However, they remain below levels seen late last year – more than EUR 42.

As such, many developers and investors are placing PPAs on hold, as the market conditions make any deal financially unviable, Pexapark said.

The disruption in the market is unlikely to persist for long

The company’s price indices show that the severity of price shock from COVID-19 exceeds what was experienced during previous crises, such as that around the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.

Renewable energy players will need to adopt more robust risk management techniques used by trading companies

In addition to this short-term fall in price, COVID-19 has also led to very high levels of volatility in the market. However, the disruption in the market is unlikely to persist for long.

“PPAs can act as a strategic prerequisite to be successful in non-subsidy renewable investment and especially in times of price volatility. To successfully navigate turmoil as we experience it currently, renewable energy players will need to adopt more robust risk management techniques used by trading companies, such as maintaining the ability to quickly sell large energy positions and act flexibly upon price movements,” said Luca Pedretti, COO of Pexapark.

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