What have we learned from the energy crisis we faced in 2022? What conclusions do we draw and what do we do to prevent the devastation of companies' finances as a result of the increase in electricity prices? Let's take a look at the changes that have taken place on the Polish energy market over the course of a year.
Many entrepreneurs take advantage of the current, relatively good market situation and have already started contracting electricity for 2024. Unlike in previous years, some companies have even completed it and are already making purchases for 2025. Companies for which the cost of energy purchase has a significant share in the entire cost structure more and more often base their decisions on individualized
From mid-January 2023, the energy exchange prices for 2024 oscillate in the range of PLN 700-850/MWh. It can be said that this is quite a promotion, considering that in the previous six months these prices generally did not go below PLN 1000/MWh, and at the peak they even reached PLN 1800/MWh. Current prices for companies are approx. PLN 100-200/MWh higher than the exchange prices (this value includes the costs incurred by sellers related to profiling and balancing customers, the so-called "colors", excise duty, service costs, but also the accompanying risks of price changes and sellers margin of course).
It is impossible to predict at what level market energy prices will be in the future. However, we have the opportunity to minimize the risk of their growth and take advantage of potential price opportunities. What is needed is expert knowledge, a well-chosen product, and a safe seller. Decision making and general business awareness of the entrepreneurs themselves will also be useful. The luck factor is also important, but in the case of a well-prepared strategy, we do not make the entire finances of our companies dependent on it.
One of the products most often chosen by large energy consumers (with an annual consumption of more than 1 GWh) is the purchase based on the so-called
A noticeable change in the last year is the growing interest of entrepreneurs in purchasing energy produced in renewable energy sources. For many of them, the origin of energy from ecological sources is an obligatory condition of the contract. The "greenness" of energy is confirmed by the purchase and redemption of the so-called
Strongly promoted in 2023 as a way to reduce the cost of energy purchase were long-term contracts concluded with green energy producers in the
An attractive alternative to cPPA contracts is still investing in your
So what is worth doing? First of all, let's not wait passively for the development of events that constantly affect and will affect energy prices, let's develop a dedicated purchasing or investment strategy and implement the actions described therein. The more time we have to make decisions regarding the purchase of energy for next year, the more likely we are to obtain an attractive price. Therefore, it is not worth waiting until autumn to make purchasing decisions, but take up the topic before the holidays.
Member of the Board