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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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He said: "The difference between the dark spread (the gap between the wholesale cost of coal and its market price) and the spark spread (the same for gas-fired power) is wide and massively favouring coal.
The spark spread is the difference in cost between electrical power and fuel.
Risk exposures: Volatility in the natural gas market, pricing instability for electric energy, capacity and ancillary services; narrowing of the spark spread (the difference between the market price of electricity and its cost of production) in most regions of the United States in which the company operates generation facilities; market contraction; reduced liquidity in the U.S.
This profit margin, known as the spark spread, is the price difference between the cost of natural gas and the price of electricity.