European gas prices have continued the rally that kicked off after the coldest winter since 2012 helped deplete storage sites across the region. Since then, rising prices of coal and carbon allowances have supported a continued rally as it incentivises utilities to burn more natural gas, which requires half the allowances of coal.
In addition we have just witnessed an unusually hot summer which has led to coal power production being negatively impacted by low river levels across Europe. These developments have translated into bullish power prices.
Above-average temperatures into August have continued to support the price of natural gas. In the UK, the front season contract has reached the highest level seen since 2008 while Dutch gas, calendar 2019, trades around €22/MWh, an increase of more than 10% during the past two months alone.