The National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission (NEURCU), at a meeting on July 30, raised the maximum price caps on the day-ahead market (the DAM) and on the intraday market (the IDM) by 60.8%, or to UAH 2000/MWh for hours of minimum daily load in the power system (from 12:00 am to 07:00 am and from 11:00 pm to 12:00 am) and by 50.6%, or up to UAH 4000/MWh – for hours of maximum load (from 07:00 am to 11:00 pm), Interfax-Ukraine reports.
“We are taking consistent steps towards market liberalization. In fact, this is the abolition of price caps. If the price cap is UAH 2 per 1 kWh at night and UAH 4 per 1 kWh during the day, this is actually abolition. We give a signal to market participants, and I believe that this is a very correct step,” Head of NEURC Valerii Tarasiuk said during the meeting.
NEURC also argued the need to increase the price cap by the emergence of a power shortage at certain hours in the summer, an increase in the need for manoeuvring capacities, as well as an increase in the price of fuel for thermal power plants.
The increase in the price cap on Friday was a repeated increase by NEURC of the maximum price cap on the energy market this summer. Since June 18, NEURC has already increased prices from UAH 1228.94 to UAH 1243.71/MWh – for hours of minimum daily load in the power system (from 12:00 am to 07:00 am and from 11:00 pm to 12:00 am) and from UAH 2048.23 to UAH 2655.99/MWh – for hours of maximum load (from 07:00 am to 11:00 pm).
Besides, on June 25, NEURC set the minimum price cap for electricity on the IDM at the level of 100.5% of the price on the DAM for the period of a surplus of electricity in the power system until October 1.