Nordic Power Market

Outlook 2022 - 2050

Fall 2022, 39th edition

"Long-term coal and natural gas prices have increased to unprecedented levels and made new renewable power production are more profitable than ever. With regulatory framework conditions in place, our analysis shows that we are facing a continuous investment boom in new power generation. Thus, the power surplus in the Nordic region remains long-term, despite the fact that there will also be strong growth in electricity consumption." – Sigbjørn Seland, Cheif Analyst

Available from October 20th

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Key discussions for the Fall 2022 edition

  • Nordic area price differences have reached extreme levels:
    Structurally, it will get worse before it gets better, as wind power production in northern Sweden and Finland will continue to outgrow consumption the next couple of years. The price signals have a strong influence, however, so we model that consumption growth in the northern price areas and production growth in the southern price areas within a few years will lead to reduced area price differences.

  • The green shift is being accelerated in the Nordics and Europe
    Profitability assessments and security of supply considerations induce the pace of renewable investments in the Nordics and Europe will increase significantly. Given the high prices of coal, natural gas, and EUAs, the development toward a decarbonized society will accelerate, even without further incentives from public authorities.

    Hydrogen and other forms of energy storage will soon enter the power markets, also in the Nordics. Hydrogen has the potential to equalize the power price level between the Nordics and continental Europe in the long term, but we model that hydrogen growth is slowed by declining profitability.

  • To achieve carbon neutrality, higher EUA prices are necessary
    We present our view on the EUA market and the necessary CO2 price to achieve a climate-neutral Europe by 2050.

  • Cost elements for the power system until 2050
    The report describes in detail the various cost elements for the power system until 2050, focusing on the development of Long Run Marginal Costs in renewable power production, energy storage, hydrogen production, and hydrogen-fired power plants.

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Details and Specifications

The dramatic energy market events over the last six months have long-term consequences.

Coal and gas power generation have never had higher costs, and investments in new renewable power generation have generally never looked more profitable than today.

We model continued strong growth in renewable power generation for the Nordic power market, but onshore wind power is slowing down due to regulatory obstacles and land use conflicts. Solar power and, in a few years, offshore wind power will take over as growth drivers. The potential for building new renewable production in the Nordics and the Baltics is tremendous and we model that much of the potential will be utilized.

Consumption growth in the coming years will be reduced due to high power prices, but consumption will increase significantly in the long term. The potential linked to the production of green hydrogen is large, and we model the development of emerging hydrogen production in the Nordics.

Report content

The long-term report offers four scenarios with an updated base case scenario, using market prices for coal, natural gas, and EUAs, a high and low scenario, as well as our expectation scenario based on our view of long-term EUA prices. The analysis is available as pdf including a spreadsheet with all relevant calculations from the analysis.

We include price forecasts with an hourly resolution for the Nordic system and all Nordic area prices up to 2050, plus price projections for Germany France, the UK, Netherlands, Poland, Estonia, Russia, Latvia, and Lithuania on an annual resolution.

The Nordic Power Outlook also includes a detailed annual supply and demand balance for all price areas until 2050.

Chief analyst Sigbjørn Seland holds presentation

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StormGeo offers a workshop where pre-agreed topics related to the Nordic power market are presented and discussed. For best use of a workshop we recommend to add the most recent “Nordic Renewables Outlook 2022-2050”. Use this opportunity to enhance your understanding of the market and to challenge us.

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