Solar

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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10 Aug Price of Utility Scale Solar Being Questioned

The engineering company, RCR Tomlinson, went into trading halt on July 30, 2018 and its CEO, Paul Dalgleish, has stepped down. The trading halt is due to an investigation into cost blowouts for unspecified projects, which will hurt the FY18 annual profit. The deputy state secretary of the Queensland and NT Electrical Trades Union, Peter Ong, has stated that RCR has been undercutting other bids by as much as $30 million when bidding for utility scale solar project. Peter Ong's major concern is the use of cheaper labour to try and make up the difference. For the broader market, if RCR have been under-pricing the engineering cost of installing utility scale solar, there...

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10 Jan Solar Reserve receives approval for SA concentrated solar thermal plant

The Port Augusta located, concentrated solar thermal plant has reached a significant, yet not surprising, milestone in achieving development approval for the plant. The Aurora plant will have 150 MW of capacity and 8 hours of storage. The development approval suggests that the $110 million concessional loan from the Federal Government is all but secured. It is understood that the funding was allocated in the May 2017 Federal budget and to be administered through ARENA. The plant is scheduled to deliver 100% of its output to the SA Government under a long term agreement beginning in 2020. Further information can be found on our previous article http://www.edgeenergyservices.com.au/edge-news/150-mw-solar-thermal-plant-constructed-south-australia/ If you would like to know more...

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