Solar

09 Jul High solar generation vs spot prices in Queensland

Solar generation and its impact on spot price is a topic of major discussion, particularly in the ‘Sunshine State’ of Queensland where there is a continuous pipeline of solar generation development. This raises the question: is strong solar generation having an impact on spot prices, and if so, is it lowering or increasing prices? Increasing Large-scale Solar Penetration in the NEM It is no secret that solar generation has increased dramatically over the last 12-18 months. From 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2018 (inclusive) the average daily production of large-scale solar generation in Queensland was only approximately 14.2 MW, only accounting for 0.085% of total Queensland generation. (Source: AEMO) For the six...

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20 May LNP Inertia Continues

In a surprise outcome the LNP maintained leadership over the weekend noting that it remains unknown whether or not the LNP will form a majority government. Energy and climate were at the heart of this election with Labor putting forward material initiatives that would increase investment in renewable energy generation (increased funding to the CEFC) and reduce emissions through the extension of the safeguard mechanism, amongst a number of other initiatives. The LNP are less ambitious and maintain the emissions reduction target of 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2030. The LNP will extend the Climate Solutions Fund by providing additional funding to the Emissions Reduction Fund which is the reverse...

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15 Apr Queensland spot prices – March vs April to date

In Queensland, we have observed lower daytime spot prices since the beginning of April, relative to March averages. Taking a closer look at half hourly average spot prices seen so far in April, we can see that between 8am and 4pm spot prices have been softer than the same periods in March. Following this, spot prices are higher in the evening peak periods. Whilst it is a very small data set, this is the relationship that many in the market expect to evolve. Softer spot prices in the day will motivate generators to price more aggressively (price higher) in the evening peak to increase earnings which have been lost during the day. Should...

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12 Mar Clean Energy Regulator confirms 2019 RRP and STP

On 12 March 2019, the Clean Energy Regulator (CER) has confirmed the 2019 renewable power percentage (RPP) and small-scale technology percentage (STP) has been set by legislative amendment. The 2019 RRP has been set at 18.6% and the 2019 STP has been set at 21.73%. As explained by the CER, the RRP and STP set the annual statutory demand for large-scale generation certificates and small-scale technology certificates in the Renewable Energy Target. If you have any questions regarding the 2019 RRP or STP or any other matter relating to energy, please contact Edge Energy Services on 07 3905 9220 or 1800 334 336. ...

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08 Mar AEMO releases draft Marginal Loss Factors

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) released its draft marginal loss factors (MLFs) today. As generally expected, solar and wind farms that are a long distance from the regional reference point have been hurt. The most notable example of this is the Broken Hill solar farm, which has a draft MLF for FY20 of 0.7254. This is 0.2535 below the current MLF. If the draft MLF is confirmed in the final report (due 1 April 2019), this will reduce the volume of electricity sold by the solar farm by 25%. A number of other solar and wind farms had material reductions in MLF and are facing a challenging situation. Most...

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01 Mar CleanCo Moving Ahead – Part 2

With expectations that CleanCo will be trading in the NEM by mid this year, things are getting into full swing. Last week CleanCo appointed its first two key executives – Miles George and Geoff Dutaillis. Who are these new executives? Miles George has been appointed the Interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at CleanCo. His role at CleanCo is to secure cleaner, more affordable, sustainable energy and secure supply of electricity for Queensland (QLD). He was previously the CEO and Managing Director of Infigen Energy. After leaving Infigen Energy in 2016, Miles continued as a strategic adviser until December 2017. During and after his time at Infigen, Miles has been the Chairman of...

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16 Jan High temperatures forecast for southern states

At the end of the last week, AEMO flagged the possibility of extreme temperatures for the following week in South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales. Weather forecasts were showing a large uncertainty in the predicted temperatures. Predictions ranged from mid to high 30s for Victoria, low to mid 40s for South Australia and high 30s for New South Wales. The key risk in these forecasts was the possibility of temperatures exceeding 40 degrees in two or more regions simultaneously. On 11 January, AEMO published a market notice highlighting the forecast extreme temperatures in South Australia and elevated temperatures in Victoria and New South Wales. In this notice, AEMO provided forecast temperatures...

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23 Nov A lesson from RCR Tomlinson: corporate PPA’s and the sharing of risk

RCR Tomlinson entering voluntary administration this week has been a major eye-opener in the renewable energy world. The engineering firm had shown signs of stress earlier in the year, particularly when it was forced to record a $57 million write-down on the value of it’s Daydream and Hayman solar farms in Queensland. Following this, the company successfully went to market and raised an additional $100 million in capital. Now after incurring liquidated damages as a result of running late on solar projects, directors had no choice but to put the company into administration. In the renewable energy space, these events particularly emphasise the potential risk of entering into a PPA with...

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31 Aug CleanCo moving ahead

In a media statement released 30 August, the Queensland Government confirmed their intention to establish CleanCo, Queensland’s third publicly owned electricity generator. CleanCo will have a strategic portfolio of low and no emission power generations assets, and will build, own and operate new renewable generation. It is understood that CleanCo will take control of assets including Wivenhoe, Barron Gorge and Kareeya hydro power stations and the Swanbank E gas power station, courtesy of a restructure of the two current publicly-owned electricity generators – CS Energy and Stanwell Corporation. CleanCo is expected to be trading by mid-2019....

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23 Aug Additional Small Scale Solar Coming to Victoria

The Victorian Government has announced that it will offer half priced solar panels to 650,000 households over the next 10 years. This scheme, known as The Solar Home scheme, is currently valued at $1.24 billion and is open to owner-occupied homes with: A combined household income of less than $180,000 per year; andA home value of up to $3 million. Households who are unable to install solar panels can instead choose to get a $1,000 rebate by changing their current hot water system to a solar hot water system. The solar hot water rebate is open to up to 60,000 homes. How will this impact the market? 2017 had the highest rate of installation...

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