FirstFT: UK power producers call for help amid growing energy crisis


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Hello. More governments will need to step in to ease tensions in Europe’s electricity market, officials and industry figures have warned, after Sweden and Finland launched emergency support packages for their power producers. energy and British electricity producers have called on the British government for help.

The Nordic states both announced emergency financial liquidity measures over the weekend for their energy producers, which are facing a rapid increase in collateral calls due to the extreme volatility of energy prices. .

Russia’s announcement on Friday evening that it would no longer supply gas via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline is expected to trigger a sharp rise in energy prices when markets open today, adding urgency to calls for government support.

Power producers in Britain were “really concerned about the situation this winter compared to [financial] liquidity,” warned Adam Berman, deputy director of Energy UK, a trade body that speaks on behalf of around 100 energy companies.

“Fundamentally, the energy market is not designed to cope with the scale of market volatility that we have seen in recent months,” Berman said as he urged the UK government to urgently investigate and “understand the magnitude of the challenge that generators” face. wholesale prices remain at historically high levels.

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