Power market flux creates threats and opportunities for exchanges

Financial regulation, low volatility, flattened prices and the integration of regional markets have put European electricity trading in a state of flux. That poses threats and opportunities for power exchanges – and some industry observers say it could result in mergers. By Gillian Carr

Power exchanges

Some areas of the energy market have lost their shine during the past few years, but European electricity trading is arguably among the worst hit. Lately, the continent's power market has been beset by a vortex of hostile forces, including financial regulation, the withdrawal of large market participants and the impact of increases in the share of intermittent renewable generation. Meanwhile, uncertainty hangs over the future shape of the market, as European Union (EU) efforts to bring together

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