Financial health of electricity producers – 2021

Management consulting firm Colombus Consulting has published the results of the sixth edition of its study on the financial health of European and Swiss electricity producers, as the price of a tonne of CO2 reached the historic peak of €65 at the end of September 2021.

  • Despite the drop in electricity consumption (-4.4%) in Europe (-2.6% in Switzerland) between 2019 and 2020, electricity producers continue to increase their production capacities (+1.5%) to compensate for the closure of historical carbon assets.
  • The increase in CO2 prices will affect the energy players and will reward low-emission electricity producers compared to their competitors, such as Swiss or French producers.
  • The share of electricity generated from renewable sources (38%) exceeded that of fossil fuels (37%) for the first time in 2020. 
  • Despite its highly decarbonised energy mix (96% of electricity consumed), Switzerland continues to import part of its carbon-based electricity from Europe, jeopardising its energy sovereignty 
  • With the transition of the energy mix towards renewable energies and the gradual abandonment of coal, CO2 emissions have fallen by almost 10% in 5 years (Europe and Switzerland). This decline accelerated in 2020 with the health crisis.

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