Volatility was the theme for global feedstocks for hydrogen production in June. Significant rises in European energy looked tame in comparison to massive spikes in gas and electricity costs in North America, particularly in Texas, where prices comfortably surpassed those seen during the February energy crisis.
EUA prices continue to reach new highs after several weeks of stability. Blue hydrogen looks like the more attractive option for natural gas derived hydrogen in Europe.
Globally, the continually changing price differentials between cost benchmarks emphasises the importance of keeping a close eye on hydrogen production cost movements.
Energy prices in the UK rose sharply in the second half of June as both power and natural gas beat January's highs. This pushed all colours of hydrogen to their highest levels this year.
After trading mostly sideways since mid-May, EUA futures reached new highs at the end of June. To an increasing degree, blue hydrogen can now be cheaper to produce than grey, even when accounting for significantly higher capex.
German energy prices spiked towards the end of June, with natural gas seeing a particularly marked increase. This makes grey and blue hydrogen more expensive than in the UK, but green hydrogen cheaper.
Dutch energy prices mostly mirrored Germany. There remains little hydrogen price discrepancy between the two regions, particularly for grey and blue hydrogen.
Henry Hub rose consistently throughout June to reach its highest levels this year, pushing the Texas grey hydrogen benchmark above $1 for the first time.
Texas electricity saw extreme volatility with dramatic daily jumps characterising the month. Futures comfortably beat levels seen during February's crisis. As a result, Texas green hydrogen benchmarks rose above $4.
Weighted California power prices consolidated above $60 after dramatic rises at the end of May but continued to see significant daily moves. Green hydrogen prices rose, ending the month higher than the volatile Texas benchmarks.
Natural gas costs receded further over April as Alberta's grey hydrogen cost benchmark remained below c$1.
The beginning and end of June saw large increases in electricity prices, bookending a few weeks of relative stability. As a result, over the course of the month, green hydrogen prices rose markedly to approach c$9.
Cost assessment figures have been redacted.
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Information correct at time of writing.