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spark spread

The income made by selling electricity, after the cost of the fuel used to produce the electricity has been subtracted. We need to analyze the spark spread, to determine if the electrical plant can stay open.
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This has helped push Winter 2016/2017 spark spreads up by GBP1-2/MWh.
Lyon, France, November 19, 2011 --(PR.com)-- Cross-commodity trading, the development of dark and spark spreads in Europe and the impact of carbon will be discussed during the closing session of EMART Energy 2011 that is taking place from 23 November in Lyon, France.
In the final session of this year's EMART Energy, on 24 November, the expert panel will examine factors driving energy commodities, both in Europe and globally, and discuss cross-commodity topics such as the development of dark and spark spreads in Europe and the impact of carbon.
Low spark spreads - the difference between the price of electricity and the cost of fuel used to produce it - were also a major factor in Texas and New England, where losses of pounds 7 million were seen.
This stemmed from low trading liquidity and weak spark spreads - the difference between the price of electricity and the cost of the fuel used to produce it.
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These difficulties include supply and demand issues and weak spark spreads -the difference between the price of electricity and the cost of fuel used to produce it.
'Although spark spreads have shown some improvement over the winter period, they remain well below levels required to enable plants to generate sound financial returns,' it said.
Here pipelines combine information on predicted basis differentials, long-term weather forecasts, spark spreads, and other data to decide how to best sell their storage services.
Chairman Neville Sims said: '2003 has been challenging, particularly in North America and the UK, where wholesale power prices and spark spreads remained low.'