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Electricity prices hit another all-time high of more than €130 per MWh

Unprecedented upwards trend has been ongoing for over a month, as cost is over three times greater than August 2020

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30 August 2021 03:06 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

Electricity in Spain cost €42.01 on August 31, 2020. A year later, the price continued on its unprecedented upwards trend, reaching a new high of €130.53 per MWh, a 209% increase. That is, Spaniards who have a contract in the regulated electricity market will pay three times more than they did on the same day last year.

The priciest time to use electrical appliances will be from 9 to 10 pm, when a MWh will cost €137.46.

The cheapest time to use them on Tuesday will be from 4 to 5 pm, when it will slightly fall to €123.35.

Attributed to the rising cost of the gas used by combined cycle power plants as well as carbon emission trading and the limited use of renewables, electricity is now three times pricier than it was a year ago when prices decreased following a pandemic-related drop in demand.

Not a new phenomenon

The price on Tuesday will surpass that of Monday, the day before, which for a very short time, will have the all-time high in electricity prices. Experts had already warned that soaring prices were not going away any time soon.

"We have to get used to seeing these prices until the end of the year," Marc Bonet, who is in charge of business development at Barcelona Energia, told the Catalan News Agency.

The current upwards trend has been ongoing for over a month, with the first peak on July 21, at €106.57 per MW/h – surpassing the January 2012 record of €103.76.

The Spanish government is under growing pressure due to this crisis, and its ecologic transition minister, Teresa Ribera, will appear before the congress to give an explanation on Monday evening.

'Lack of transparency' of some companies

In parallel, on June 1, new tariffs came into force, with higher, middle, and cheaper rates.

On Wednesday, Spain's competition regulation authority (CNMC) said that some companies made the most of the changes by raising prices by up to 30% more than what the tariffs allow without warning their customers.

CNMC denounces a "lack of transparency" of several firms – whose names have not been revealed – and calls for those affected to be compensated. 

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  • An electricity power station in Manresa, from 2017 (by Mar Martí)

  • An electricity power station in Manresa, from 2017 (by Mar Martí)

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