PARIS, March 19 (Reuters) - European spot electricity prices for day-ahead delivery fell on Thursday due to a forecast rise in power generation from wind turbines, while demand is expected to ease ahead of the weekend.
* The price of day-ahead over-the-counter baseload for Friday delivery in Germany was down 19.2% to 24.25 euros ($25.97) a megawatt hour (MWh) at 1059 GMT.
* The French day-ahead contract was down 20.6% to 20.25 euros/MWh.
* Electricity generation from German wind turbines is expected to rise by 6.2 gigawatt (GW) day-on-day to 9 GW on Friday.
* French wind power supply is expected to increase by 2.2 GW to 3.6 GW, Refinitiv data showed.
* French nuclear power availability was steady on Wednesday at 69% of available capacity.
* On the demand side, power consumption is expected to fall 950 megawatts (MW) day-on-day in Germany to 66.4 GW on Friday.
* French electricity demand will decrease by 2.2 GW to 51.4 GW on Friday, Refinitiv data showed.
* Further along the power curve, year-ahead contracts tracked the rebound in carbon prices after touching near two-year lows the previous session.
* Germany’s Cal ‘21 baseload, the European futures benchmark, gained 1.9% to 34.55 euros/MWh.
* The equivalent French year-ahead contract added 1.4% 37.5 euros/MWh.
* December 2020 expiry European CO2 allowances were 5.1% up at 16.03 euros a tonne, having fallen to 21 month-lows on Wednesday.
* Hard coal for northern European delivery in 2021 dipped 0.2% to $55.20 a tonne.($1 = 0.9240 euros) (Reporting by Forrest Crellin Editing by Alexander Smith)