Gas Looks Good Again to Utilities as EU Coal Phaseout Bites (1) 2015-12-09

By Rachel Morison and Weixin Zha (Bloomberg) — Lawmakers from Germany to the U.K. want to legislate coal out of existence. As profit margins slump, power producers too are giving the fuel the cold shoulder in favour of cleaner natural gas. The switch to the less polluting fuel is so far most prominent in the […]

SSE May Replace U.K. Ferrybridge With Mothballed Keadby Gas Unit 2015-05-20

By Rachel Morison (Bloomberg) — Co. will make final decision by end-Oct. on bringing back 735MW mothballed Keadby gas-fed power plant this winter, co. says in statement today. * NOTE: Station mothballed since March 2014; station has capacity contract with National Grid for winter 2018/19 * NOTE: SSE announced today that it will close its […]

German Power Demand to Drop 3.4% Y/y in 1Q: Catalyst Commodities 2014-12-04

Dec. 4 (Bloomberg) — Long-term electricity demand outlook
continues to be bearish, Paul Monk, adviser at Catalyst
Commodities, says in e-mailed note.
* Demand in France expected to drop 0.4% y/y in 1Q; U.K.
consumption to slide 0.6% y/y; both showing less bearish
* Spanish demand forecast to be flat for 1Q
* NOTE: Catalyst Commodities uses demand data from TESLA […]

EDF Delays U.K. Reactor Restarts Pending Regulator’s Approval 

By Rachel Morison, 
Nov. 14 (Bloomberg) — Electricite de France SA delayed the
restarts of three U.K. nuclear reactors that were halted in
August for safety checks as it awaits regulatory approval to
return the units to operation.
 The reactors are ready to restart and EDF is in the final
stages of getting permission from the Office of Nuclear
Regulation, […]

Spanish Power Demand Set to Rise in Winter Amid EU Declines 2014-10-02

By Rachel Morison
, Oct. 2 (Bloomberg) — Weather-adjusted electricity demand
in Spain set to increase by 500MW, or 2% y/y, in Nov.-March
period, Paul Monk, Adviser at Catalyst Commodities, says by e-
* Demand in U.K., France, Germany seen continuing to fall this
* French demand expected to decline 3%, or 2,000MW; German
consumption projected to slide 1%, or 700MW; […]

U.K. Winter Power Rises as SSE Repairs Fire-Damaged Coal Units 2014-08-01

By Rachel Morison,
 Aug. 1 (Bloomberg) — Power prices for winter delivery in
the U.K. rose after SSE Plc announced that two 490-megawatt
coal-fed units at its Ferrybridge, England, plant won’t be
online for the start of winter after a fire yesterday.
The blaze started at the 1,960-megawatt plant at about 2
p.m. London time yesterday in unit 4 and […]