Irsching Irrsinn (Irsching madness)

On Thursday, May 28th, UNIPER announced its decision to bring back Irsching 4 & 5 CCGT power plants in Bavaria to the market as of October 1st, 2020. Since these are the two most modern (built in 2010 and 2011, respectively) and most efficient gas power plants in Germany, with yields of 60.4% for Irsching…

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Covid19 and developments in the Capacity Market: auction results

The famous capacity auction of June 25th, 2020 has given its verdict and the results are exceptional! As a reminder, last Thursday, June 11th, RTE stated the risk regarding the security of supply for next winter (2020/2021) to be high. The balances between supply and demand for capacity guarantees show the following situation: for the…

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Sanitary crisis and developments in the French Capacity Market

Back on April 16th, 2020, and due to the Covid19 crisis, EdF announced a reduction in its electricity production forecasts in France for the year 2020. This decision was taken in order to respond to the constraints of nuclear power plant availability over the next two winters by reviewing all the unit outages that were…

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NoRéNE in the time of Coronavirus

Although the common belief now is that the debate on the post-ARENH system is as old as the ARENH itself, we must still recognise that the question has taken on a new dimension since the oft-mentioned glass ceiling of 100TWh was shattered (since the 2019 supply year). Further, we need to acknowledge that, following the…

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Energy sector put to the test by COVID-19

At the time of writing this article, news on the pandemic are heartbreaking: hundreds of thousands of people affected, dozens of thousands deceased, planetwide confinement, lack of health resources to tackle the virus, crisis in multiple activity sectors, worldwide recession, etc. It seems that the peak of the contagion has already been reached in some…

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Gas interruptibility: the end of a long saga?

December 2019 saw the publication of an impressive number of texts regarding the natural gas sector regulation in France… After the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) deliberated on transmission and storage tariffs proposals effective 1 April 2020 (ATRT7 and ATS2), as well as the distribution tariffs proposals effective 1 July 2020 (ATRD6) – all applicable for…

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