Average Energy Spot Prices at 2-Year Low, REC Prices Rise

The average spot power price at IEX dropped 54 percent to a two-year low of Rs 2.71 per unit in October, compared to Rs 5.94 per unit last year.

Average Spot Price

The average spot power price at Indian Energy Exchange (IEX) dropped 54 percent to a two-year low of Rs 2.71 per unit in October, compared to Rs 5.94 per unit in the same month last year. The key reason for the notable decline has been credited to the lower electricity demand, better coal supplies and higher hydro generation.

“The day-ahead market (DAM) traded 3,391 million units with average market clearing price at only Rs 2.71 per unit, lowest in the last two years,” an IEX statement said. The average market clearing price was down by 54 percent vis-a-vis price of Rs 5.94. per unit in October 2018 and 2 percent on a month on month basis, it said.

The decline in prices was mainly on account of low demand for power, improved coal supply, and improved hydropower generation. The market continued to be attractive to both the distribution utilities as well as the open-access consumers in terms of price competitiveness and flexibility in power procurement, the IEX added.

All India peak demand at 164 GW in October 2019 declined 4 percent over demand of 171 GW in October 2018 and the energy (supply) met at 99 billion units declined 13 percent Y-o-Y (year on year) according to the NLDC (national load dispatch center) data. Extended monsoon was also one of the key reasons for the decline in the demand for power, it said.

On October 30, the Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) market at IEX saw a total trade of 4,48,765 (4.49 lakh) RECs comprising of 3,88,821 non-solar RECs and 59,944 Solar RECs.

The price for Non-Solar RECs (Issued after April 1, 2017) at Rs 1,650 increased 10 percent from Rs 1,500 in September 2019 and the price for Solar RECs at Rs 2,400 increased 7 percent in October 2019 from Rs 2,250 in September 2019. The increase in REC prices has mainly been due to shortfall on the REC inventory and has been continuing since March 2019, it added.

Earlier, we had reported that the sales of REC in the month of August dropped by over 47 percent to 4.3 lakh units solar compared to 8.19 lakh units sold in the same month last year. The data made available by official sources cited lower supply as the reason for the drastic drop in sales.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.