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... but, again, the influence of the price of gas on the price of electricity is not proportional to its contribution, but to the number of hours when it's the marginal resource.

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by eurogreen on Thu Jul 4th, 2013 at 06:08:31 AM EST
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Thomas wrote that "Renewable penetration without sufficient storage and interlinks (...) drives the rest of the sector towards natural gas" - so I looked for numbers to see to what effect it applied for Germany.

Unpacking the production costs of the different contributors for the past decade is beyond my scope. How can one determine possible effects of gas on the production price in Germany during the past ten years?

by Bjinse on Thu Jul 4th, 2013 at 07:10:53 AM EST
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If I understand correctly, the number of hours gas is the most expensive sold (and thus price setting) should be the key. So is there statistics on that and has the number increased?

My guesstimation - with gas being used primarily as top load - is that the number of hours as most expensive is likely to correlate with total volume.

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by A swedish kind of death on Thu Jul 4th, 2013 at 08:21:03 AM EST
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There is actually something with even higher marginal cost: oil-fired gas turbines.

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by Starvid on Fri Jul 5th, 2013 at 12:25:06 PM EST
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