European PPAs 'remain attractive' despite 47% year-over-year boost

Jul 15, 2022 06:56 PM ET
  • European power purchase agreement (PPA) prices have actually risen by a "staggering" 47% year-on-year as the continent's energy crisis lingers with skyrocketing rising cost of living, LevelTen Energy has said.
European PPAs 'remain attractive' despite 47% year-over-year boost
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Yet in spite of the rise, PPA prices "continue to be eye-catching" due to wholesale power costs remaining to be stubbornly high.

Having formerly anticipated for PPA rates to level off this year in Europe, Russia's invasion of Ukraine have created prices to rise with supply failing to keep up with demand, Flemming Sørensen, VP of Europe at LevelTen Energy claimed within the power pricing company's latest Consumer price index report.

Therefore, Europe's P25 Index-- a gathering of the lowest 25% of solar and wind PPA offers-- currently stands at EUR66.07/ MWh (US$ 66.20/ MWh), a 16% walk on Q2, a practically 8 percentage point rise on the previous quarter when prices increased 8.1%.

On the other hand, PPA prices has additionally been swayed by drives from European federal government to increase the implementation of renewables, along with the growing economics of seller company versions.

"With public as well as economic sector eco-friendly aspirations growing, programmers have no scarcity of alternatives when it involves offering their clean electricity," claimed the report.

This is a fad seen in Poland, where P25 solar rates have actually gotten to EUR95/MWh-- prices surged 36.2% because of the cessation of gas imports from Russia-- with developers taking their projects to the wholesale market as its electricity costs remain high, giving up PPAs.

And there are continuous problems concerning the risk of price cannibalisation in renewables markets with solar production outpacing demand in some markets-- most especially in Sicily-- which could result in "reducing income for designers as well as wasteful procurements for customers", the report has claimed.

The P25 Index for solar offers climbed 19.1% to EUR59.43/ MWh in Q2, nearly EUR10 greater from Q1 2022. Markets in Spain as well as Finland stayed a lot more stable, nonetheless, with P25 index rates for solar even falling a little-- by 2.6%-- in the last.

Issues impacting Europe's PPA are set to continue for a long time yet too, with Sørensen specifying that there isn't a "clear end visible" as the origin of the inequality could take years to settle.

Developers remain to have a hard time to build new solar as well as wind projects, which are sorely required, due to hard permitting and also affiliation obstacles and also the climbing expense of inputs and also labor," included Sørensen.

Comparable issues are being really felt in the North American market-- where solar projects in particular have been dogged by low schedule of PV modules in the wake of the Department of Commerce's AD/CVD circumvention enquiry-- with PPA prices rising across the Atlantic too.

PPA prices have actually continued to climb over the past 2 years, with P25 solar as well as wind PPAs reaching US$ 41.92/ MWh in Q2 2022, a 5.3% increase from the previous quarter as well as greater than 30% greater year-on-year.

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