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Negative Prices Part II: European Insights

In last week’s article we examined the first ever incident of negative prices occurring in the Irish Single Electricity Market and what caused it. Many have asked me if negative pricing could happen in the I-SEM, but none (perhaps myself included) could have envisaged it happening in the current SEM! Negative pricing events may seem extraordinary and are certainly very new to us in Ireland, they are a well-established phenomenon across continental Europe.

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Negative Pricing in I-SEM? It’s Already Happening in SEM!

I regularly get asked if there will be negative pricing in the I-SEM. It’s one of those phenomena of European markets that we often read about but which seems totally alien to us in the SEM. So, will it happen in the I-SEM? If last Friday’s events are anything to go by, it’s certainly a possibility.

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50 Shades of Green

Within the last month, two reports have come out outlining the share of renewable energy in Ireland over 2015. The ‘SEM All Island Fuel Mix’ was published on the 7th of September with astounding news! 41% of the All-Island demand was covered by renewable sources. What an amazing result, why have we been so worried about meeting our 2020 renewable target when we’ve just surpassed the mythical 40% mark with 5 years to spare?

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Kung Fu Data

In a meeting room off ElectroRoute's trading floor last month an analyst presents output statistics to his colleagues.

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Brexit and the I-SEM

From what I can remember of my engineering studies the power flow equations have no provision to consider political or international associations.

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