Daily (21.01.2021): Oil prices edged higher on Wednesday with the inauguration of the 46th US President

21/01/2021 10:46 Daily

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On Wednesday, Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. His climate change policies raised hopes for restricted U.S. crude supply, thus lending support to crude oil prices. As such, Brent oil edged 0.3% higher at $56.08 a barrel, while WTI crude gained 0.6% to $53.31 a barrel.

British near-term gas prices lost ground on Wednesday, weighed by a healthy supply. At the same time, forecasts for colder weather in February helped limit losses. As such, the front-month NBP gas contract slipped by 0.6% to 57.44 p/therm. Contracts on the curve were also bearish yesterday, despite a slight increase in oil prices. NBP Cal’22 gas contract traded 0.4% lower at 44.21 p/therm.

 

European day-ahead power prices slumped on Wednesday, weighed by high wind generation and mild weather conditions. Moreover, an increase in French nuclear availability also put pressure on prices. Consequently, the German spot power price tumbled by 17.1% to 30.07 EUR/MWh and its French counterpart dropped by 15.3% to 41.60 EUR/MWh.

 

Contracts on the curve ended higher, despite weaker carbon prices. As such, the German and French Cal’22 power contracts traded 1.2% higher at 50.19 EUR/MWh and 51.46 EUR/MWh respectively.

 

Carbon EUAs edged lower on Wednesday amid a volatile energy market. Trading data revealed a drop in long-term positions yesterday. As a result, the CO2 contract expiring in December 2022 lost 0.5% to close at 33.12 EUR/tonne.

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Brussels opens in-depth investigation into Germany’s coal phase-out plan

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The German Bundestag sealed an agreement in June last year to compensate RWE and LEAG with €4.35 billion for closing the country’s last remaining coal plants and mining operations by 2038.

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03/03/2021 09:07:00

Global carbon dioxide emissions dropped by 5.8% in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic slowed economic activity, but they rebounded at the end of the year and are on course to rise further, the International Energy Agency said on Tuesday.

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