MADRID, 19 May. (EUROPA PRESS) -
The average price of electricity in the wholesale market will rise 6.6% on Friday compared to this Thursday and will once again exceed the level of 200 euros per megawatt hour (MWh).
Specifically, the average price of the 'pool' for this Friday will be 203.74 euros/MWh, which places it 12.66 euros above the 191.08 euros/MWh of this Thursday, according to data published by the Operator of the Iberian Energy Market (OMIE) and collected by Europa Press.
In this way, the price of electricity for tomorrow will once again exceed the level of 200 euros/MWh for the first time since May 13 and will be the highest level for one day since May 10.
The maximum price of electricity for this Friday will be between 09:00 and 10:00, with 230.72 euros/MWh, while the minimum for the day, of 174 euros/MWh, will be recorded between 16:00 and 17:00.
The prices of the 'pool' have a direct impact on the regulated rate --the so-called PVPC--, to which almost 11 million households in the country are covered, and serve as a reference for the other 17 million who have contracted their supply in the free market.
In fact, the National Commission of Markets and Competition (CNMC) has verified that in 2021, in the framework of the upward spiral of energy, around 1.25 million people switched from the PVPC to a rate in the free market at a fixed price.
The Official State Gazette (BOE) published last Saturday the Royal Decree-Law establishing the mechanism to limit the price of gas for electricity generation to an average of 48.8 euros per megawatt/hour (MWh) during a period of twelve months, thus covering the next winter, a period in which energy prices are more expensive.
However, the mechanism, despite its publication as a Royal Decree-Law, is pending a formal decision from Brussels and to be initialed by an order from the minister for its application.
The price of the 'pool' will fall around 38% in its average price, from 210 euros per megawatt hour (MWh) marked throughout the first quarter of this year to about 130 euros/MWh. In this way, the only electricity that consumers will pay at the cost of gas will be that produced with gas plants.
The measure will thus help to contain the escalation of prices and inflation and, above all, will act as a firewall against the volatility of gas prices derived from the war in Ukraine, it will also facilitate the reform of the regulated tariff -the so-called PVPC- -, incorporating futures market price references.