Oct 22, 2021 - Energy & Environment

The economic spillover from high energy prices

The 6 megawatt Stanton Solar Farm outside of Orlando, Florida.
The 6 megawatt Stanton Solar Farm outside of Orlando, Florida. Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

The World Bank and International Monetary Fund are out with fresh warnings about the energy commodity run-up, but both also see some relief ahead.

Driving the news: The IMF, in a post on Thursday, projects prices will moderate in the coming months, but also says, "uncertainty remains high and small demand shocks could trigger fresh price spikes."

  • The bank's new commodities outlook says on a yearly basis, prices are projected to rise over 2% next year after this year's 80% jump, though Reuters notes they see prices declining in the second half of the year.

Threat level: The bank report says increasing prices "pose significant inflation risks" in many emerging markets and developing countries, and "could weigh on growth in 2022 among energy-importing countries."

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