Turnaround for the future of gas power plants (Blomberg Jan. 2016)
Gas power plants were previously despite their relatively environmentally-friendly combustion as a loser during the conversion of power plants in response to the German energy turnaround. Now Bloomberg reports, however, that it currently looks pretty good for gas power plants.
The cause is the decline in prices on the commodity markets. There, the gas price fell more than the coal. The currently somewhat higher CO2 prices are good for gas power plants, although they also emit climate-damaging greenhouse gases, but significantly less than the coal-fired competitors. Currently the CO2 certificates are still cheap at around 6.50 euros per tonne, but far from the historic lows of recent years. In France, according to the report are even some gas power plants that run around the clock, cheaper than nuclear power. Catering Engie have doubled the production of four gas-fired plants in the past year and again raised a temporarily idle plant in Fos-sur-Mer near Marseille.
"There are again more gas power plants in the money," said analyst Omar Ramdani of RheinEnergie Trading told Bloomberg. For gas-fired plants, which work on the day to operate profitably even with a few hours, "now look all pretty good."