Repower in Küblis

Repower operates several hydropower plants in Prättigau. This pressure line routes the water to the Küblis station which was recently completely modernised.

Narrower margins in energy trading

Price pressure was still evident on energy markets in 2010. Persistent economic uncertainty in many places and the impact of the financial crisis continued to cause exasperation. The European energy markets are also growing closer together. The liquidity of the markets is increasing and, at the same time, markets are further consolidating. More and more market transparency inevitably results in narrower margins and limits the ways to exploit price differences. In light of this situation and based on the expertise we have accumulated from managing our own assets, when it comes to energy trading, we concentrate on special products and not on standard offerings. This way, we operate closer to physical energy transactions. This also holds true for trading with renewable energies, where we are focusing more on high-quality electricity which is subject to less price volatility. The Repower trading floor relies on the three sites of Poschiavo, Milan and Prague, each of which has specific market knowledge and concentrates on certain areas of trading. Gas trading in Italy, which got underway there in 2009, now makes a significant contribution to the results. Repower has its own gas transport capacities, also making distribution easier. The significance of the balancing energy market also continues to rise in Switzerland due to subsidies for new renewable energies. Our involvement in this market was consolidated in 2010. To the extent that it is technically feasible, we are also making our capacities available to supply balancing energy in Italy. The Repower pumped storage power plant projects, one in Switzerland (“Lago Bianco”) and one in Italy (“Campolattaro”), underscore the important role that we believe this market will play in the future.

Proprietary trading contributed significantly to the result in 2010. We further expanded these activities and were also able to capitalise on our trading experience for optimum deployment of our own power plants.

The chart shows how prices for electricity (blue), gas (red) and CO2 (grey) developed during 2010. Conclusion: volatile electricity prices, with a tendency to increase slightly towards the end of the year.