European Power Trading - Prospex

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European Power Trading

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In 2021 we estimate total power trading volumes in the major European markets fell by 12% on the year to 8,285 TWh . This volume figure includes all trading in exchange spot and forward markets plus the OTC market. The major markets are Germany, France, the Nordic region, the UK, Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands. 

This 75 page report offers a comprehensive analysis of the European power trading market.  It covers power trading volume trends, EU energy trading regulations, the emissions trading factor in the power business, the leading western and eastern European power exchanges, major brokers, top trading players, power industry fundamentals, and power company rankings.  Market characteristics and developments are illustrated in 21 tables and 36 charts. The report is structured as follows:

Chapter 1 – European Power Markets Profile

This chapter reviews consumption, power generation, physical trading and supply price trends in the EU 27 markets and the UK.  It begins with a profile of Europe’s position in the global power market.  Next EU national markets and consumption trends up to 2020 are covered.  A detailed review of the EU’s power generation mix follows.  The sizeable and important cross-border trading sector is also profiled.  The chapter concludes with coverage of widely varying pre-tax supply prices in EU markets.

Chapter 2 – Wholesale Power Price Trends

This chapter profiles price developments, which have been highly volatile over the longer term, including country rankings and major changes.

Chapter 3 – Power Trading Markets

This chapter presents a comprehensive analysis of power trading in the major markets – Germany, France, the Nordic region, the UK, Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands.  It begins with a big picture profile of total trading volumes in spot and forward markets, followed by summaries of key drivers and trading market “churn factors”.  The chapter then presents detailed reviews of sector developments, forward market rankings, and the key trends in all the major markets.  Major traders are also profiled.  The chapter concludes with an analysis of the OTC brokerage sector.

Chapter 4 – Western European Power Exchanges

This chapter provides a comprehensive review of the western European power exchange business.  It begins with a summary of the exchanges and their trading segment coverage.  An overview of exchanges’ expansion initiatives and mergers and acquisitions follows.  Next trading volume trends from 2017 to 2021 in all the main trading segments (spot, forward, and OTC clearing) are profiled.

Chapter 5 – Power Company Rankings

This chapter provides a profile of the top twenty European power industry players, ranked by power sales in 2020. It begins with a summary of key financial indicators. Power sales and generation, as well as carbon emissions, are also reviewed.

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