FRANKFURT, April 12 European prompt power prices
on Wednesday fell as wind power output in Germany held up and
consumption began to ease in the run-up to the Easter holiday
* Traders said the two factors offset the impact of strikes
in France and falling temperatures.
* French baseload power for Thursday delivery was
down 3.4 percent on the day to 35.75 euros ($37.96) per
* The German day-ahead contract was down 1.4
percent to 29.1 euros/MWh.
* French state-controlled utility EDF said it had
received notice of another strike by workers on Wednesday.
Ongoing rolling protests since January in a dispute over wages
and benefits have taken small volumes out of the market, but
without much impact on prices.
* French nuclear power availability is currently at 72.6
percent of capacity.
* German production from wind turbines is likely to stay
above 20 gigawatts (GW) on Thursday compared with Wednesday
levels recorded at 20.4 GW, a little less than half of total
capacity, Thomson Reuters data showed.
* Power demand will fall by 1.4 GW in both countries
together to 113.4 GW on Thursday and ease sharply between April
14 and 17, when most businesses close.
* Along the forward curve, the German Cal '18 benchmark
price gained 0.7 percent to 29.8 euros/MWh, taking
support from firmer fuels and carbon prices.
* The equivalent French contract did not trade
after closing at 34.90 euros.
* Coal cif Europe 2018 gained 1.8 percent to $65.70 per
* EU carbon emissions rights prices rose 0.4
percent to 4.89 euros per tonne.
* In eastern Europe, the Czech power contract for Thursday
did not trade after a 28.75 euros close. The
year-ahead position mirrored its more liquid German
counterpart, clocking up a 1.4 percent gain to 29.8 euros/MWh.
($1 = 0.9419 euros)
(Reporting by Vera Eckert, editing by Jason Neely)