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Our team is dedicated to being across the energy industry. We analyse any changes within the market and evaluate the impact to our clients. Here you will find a range of articles ranging from major industry events through to our detailed views on energy market movements.

 

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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30 Aug Energy Retailers and Prime Minister meet again

The large electricity retailers have followed up on their previous meeting earlier this month in Canberra, meeting with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Sydney today. The topic of discussion was in regard to retailers contacting their existing customers who are on high standing electricity rates and informing them of more competitive deals available to them. The retailers agreed to the PM’s request to make contact with their customers on high standard rates and will be writing to over 2 million customers. This is one of the measures taken by the Turnbull government to reduce energy costs for Australian households. It was noted that the energy retailers stressed to Mr Turnbull the...

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23 Aug Victoria announce 650 MW reverse auction and Queensland launch “Renewables 400”

Earlier today the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio announced the introduction of legislation for Victorian Renewable Energy Targets (VRET); the largest renewable energy auction in Australia. The ministers also announced the award of contracts for two large scale solar plants to supply energy to Melbourne’s tram network. Daniel Andrews announced that the Victorian Government would conduct a reverse auction for 650 MW of renewable capacity. Details of when the auction would be taking place were not provided. This move by the Victorian Premier will help towards achieving the states renewable energy target of 25% by 2020 and 40% by 2025. Earlier this...

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15 Aug 150 MW Solar Thermal Plant to be constructed in South Australia

On Monday 14 August South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill announced that Solar Reserve had won a 20 year electricity supply agreement with the South Australian government. The agreement is reported to account for 75% of the SA Governments electricity requirement. The 150 MW solar thermal plant has been named Aurora and will be constructed just north of Port Augusta. The plant is a critical piece of infrastructure which will help mitigate volatile electricity prices in SA. The plant provides synchronous renewable energy that can be dispatched when there is no sunlight or wind available. According to Aurora the plant will have 8 hours of full load storage. It is reported that the...

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14 Aug CS Energy and Alinta team up to provide lower prices for residential customers

The Queensland Government has announced CS Energy; which is wholly owned by the Queensland State Government, will form a 50/50 partnership with the privately owned Alinta Energy. The newly formed company would provide discounted electricity prices to residential customers and small businesses in South East Queensland. The new company would offer a 2-year electricity contract with a headline 25% discount of usage charges. This offer is currently marketed on Alinta’s website as a Home SaverPlus. The Queensland Government is urging other retailers to offer similar discounts and has encouraged them to approach the government owned corporations to strike similar deals and pass on savings. There are currently no plans to extend this...

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09 Aug Update on Prime Minister meeting electricity retailers in Canberra

Today (Wednesday 9 August) Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Treasurer Scott Morrison and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg met with Australia’s largest energy retailers and Matthew Warren of the Australian Energy Council in Canberra to discuss options that will mitigate the rising cost of energy for Australian consumers. The meeting appears to have been successful with energy retailers agreeing to contact customers on a discount rate and provide details of alternative offers prior to the expiry of the agreement. The correspondence is to be in plain English and provide facts that can be understood by normal customers. In addition to this retailers will need to direct customers to the price comparison website managed...

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