September 2017

27 Sep Energy deals cut costs

Edge Energy Services (Edge) provides expert advice to large energy consumers. Good advice starts with understanding the customers energy constraints, requirements and motivations. This means any identifying seasonal or daily trends in demand as well as risk appetite and any green commitments. Once Edge understands the critical information we will facilitate a tailored agreement with an energy provider. For more complex energy portfolio’s, customers may benefit from on-going management services particularly when progressively purchasing or taking spot exposure. Over the past 18 months wholesale energy prices have increased. This has forced consumers to think more laterally about their energy costs. Most energy providers will base their pricing offers on the forward...

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26 Sep Gas production gap grows wider

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) recently published an update to the Gas Statement of Opportunities. The sticking point of the publication is a forecasted 54 petajoule and 48 petajoule (PJ) shortfall in 2018 and 2019 respectively. The forecast shortfall is three times higher than the forecast earlier this year. The report estimates aggregate gas production in 2018 to be 1,891 PJs and a shortfall of 54 PJs, or as a percentage, 3% of total production. This is a very small margin and given the level of assumption contained in the report Edge believe it should be considered cautiously. Putting aside the potential inaccuracies of the report, it is important to...

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12 Sep The AFR reports that the Federal Government is moving away from a CET

According to an article published by the Australian Financial Review earlier today, the Federal Government has given notice that it is moving away from a Clean Energy Target (CET). If the government chooses to move away from a CET, the market will continue to suffer from increased policy uncertainty. Policy uncertainty is having detrimental impacts on the development of new energy generating resources, particularly when securing capital. Without access to affordable capital new energy resources are less likely to be constructed and consumers are likely to incur further increases in energy prices. In a timely release from the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC), today released a discussion paper on the strategic...

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08 Sep AEMO Request for Long Notice RERT – Second Round

On 13 July 2017, the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) issued an Invitation to Tender to seek responses from potential providers for the Long Notice Reliability and Emergency Reserve Trader (RERT) contracts (“First Round ITT”). On 6 September, AEMO followed up the First Round ITT with a Second Round Request for Long Notice RERT after additional forecast reserve requirements for the period January to March 2018. In accordance with the National Electricity Rules and the RERT Guidelines, AEMO is now issuing a second round invitation to Tender for Long Notice RERT (Second Round ITT) seeking offers for the provision of long notice reserve for January 2018 to March 2018 in Victoria...

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06 Sep AEMO fears insufficient generation will cause load shedding

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) published their annual Electricity Statement of Opportunity (ESOO) on 5 September 2017. The report highlights that both Victoria and South Australia could face involuntary load shedding during the 2017-18 summer. AEMO points to ‘radically changing dynamics of the power system’ which has resulted ‘in a tight supply-demand balance’. It also points out that the responsiveness and resilience of the system is under threat from plant closures and extreme weather event. AEMO is concerned that both Victoria and South Australia could face enough involuntary load shedding that the reliability standard cannot be met. This means that AEMO is unable to dispatch the market to keep unserved energy...

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