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The price of electricity shoots up 200% this Tuesday and once again exceeds 100 euros/MWh

MADRID, 30 Oct.

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The price of electricity shoots up 200% this Tuesday and once again exceeds 100 euros/MWh


The average price of electricity for regulated tariff customers linked to the wholesale market will rise 199.7% on Tuesday compared to this Monday, up to 104.92 euros per megawatt hour (MWh).

By time slots, the maximum price, of 172.04 euros/MWh, will be recorded between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., while the minimum, of 60 euros/MWh, will be recorded between 1:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m., according to provisional data. of the Iberian Energy Market Operator (OMIE) collected by Europa Press.

In this way, the 'pool' will leave behind this Tuesday the especially low prices that it has been registering in recent days - with several hours throughout the day below the level of 10 euros/MWh -, due to the great presence of renewable generation, especially wind.

So far in October, the electricity market average stands at 90.13 euros/MWh, compared to the 125.98 euros/MWh that the pool registered in the same month of 2022.

Compensation to the gas companies would be added to the average price of the 'pool', which has to be paid by the consumers who are beneficiaries of the measure, the consumers of the regulated tariff (PVPC) or those who, despite being in the free market, They have an indexed rate, but it is once again at 0 euros/MWh, a situation that has been repeated since February 27.

The so-called 'Iberian exception' was extended until December 31, following the agreement reached by Spain and Portugal with the European Commission. Thus, it was extended for seven months, until the end of this year, and it was not excluded that it could be extended for longer if said framework was also increased.

Specifically, the agreement not only represented an extension of the Iberian exception that was already applied, but also implied some adjustments to accommodate it, such as the price reference, which until then had increased by five euros per month, and became softer. .

In the original agreement, the aforementioned reference price for gas had an average value of 48.8 euros/MWh: it was 40 euros/MWh for six months, rising by 5 euros/MWh each month thereafter. It has increased by 1.1 euros/MWh since last April, ending at 65 euros/MWh.

Currently, the mechanism has not had any effect on the marginal matching processes in the wholesale markets since the end of February due to the drop in the price of natural gas below the thresholds set for its application, but, if necessary, the extension will allow maintaining a reasonable price, not so dependent on the evolution of natural gas.