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Know your NEM: 5.6GW of new wind and solar under construction

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Summary

We updated out overall table of estimated new supply which we now put at 5.6 GW!

Figure 1 New supply. Source ITKe

Figure 1 New supply. Source ITKe

Of that, stage 1&2 of Horndsale (about 0.6 TWh) is up and running as would some small part of the rooftop PV projections. The rest is still to come, so let’s say about 13TWh. If we say annual demand in the NEM (excluding rooftop PV) is about 185TWh the net of Hazelwood new supply is about 2% of demand).

That will have only a minor impact on the time weighted price. However, prices in the middle of the day and the overnight market will be more heavily impacted.

The heavy duty analytical work will be on just how significant those price moves will be. Nor should we assume it’s all done yet. The absolute key event now for all the players is to see the detail of the Victorian State target legislation.

We also note that in Queensland, the final version of the Mugglestone Report (detailing the implications for Queenslanders of a 50 per  cent renewable target) has been completed and handed to the government. We look forward to the release of that report and the next steps. The website only details that the report will be released in 2017.

Turning to the weekly action

  • Volumes: In the week to May 5, NEM wide volumes were up 2% this week vs previous corresponding period with all States other than QLD showing an increase. In QLD it now appears the reduction in output from the Boyne Island (Gladstone) smelter is sufficient to drive down growth. Cooler weather probably drove the higher volumes in NSW and possibly in the other States as well
  • Future prices. For the first time in a year there was a visible reduction in NSW futures prices as compared to four weeks ago, with most other States essentially flat. NSW is the balancing market in the NEM, a net importer from both Qld and Vic and so its where we expect the underlying balancing price to show up. Still futures prices remain about $85 MWh even in 2020. To us this seems about the right price longer term as we head to a high renewable future. The key question is what impact is the 13TWh of new supply under construction going to have on price?
  • Spot electricity prices remained 90% up on PCP again other than QLD at over $100 MWh. Prices remain high considering it’s the shoulder season. It’s interesting to note that with QLD spot prices lower than those in NSW the incentive to shift power South has resumed.
  • RECs: A further key consideration for the market will be to carefully sift through the new renewable supply to work out which will contribute to the LRET target and what won’t. Stockyard Hill, the largest wind farm to be built in Australia to date will contribute to that.
  • Gas prices.  Drifted slightly but no real change
  • Utility share prices.. There was little significant change in share prices this week. For ORG the softness in the oil price will be of concern. Our share prices only go to Friday but we note that Redflow has resumed shipments of its flow batteries.
Figure 2: Summary

Figure 2: Summary

Share Prices

Figure 3 Selected utility share prices

Figure 3: Selected utility share prices

 

Figure 4: Weekly and monthly share price performance

Figure 4: Weekly and monthly share price performance

Volumes

Figure 5: electricity volumes

Figure 5: electricity volumes

 

Figure 6: 7 Day moving avg year on year temp change. Source: BOM

Figure 6: 7 Day moving avg year on year temp change. Source: BOM

Base Load Futures

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Figure 11: Baseload futures financial year time weighted average

Figure 11: Baseload futures financial year time weighted average

Gas Prices

Figure 12: STTM gas prices

Figure 12: STTM gas prices

 

Figure 13 30 day moving average of Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney STTM price. Source: AEMO

Figure 13: 30 day moving average of Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney STTM price. Source: AEMO

David Leitch is principal of ITK. He was formerly a Utility Analyst for leading investment banks over the past 30 years. The views expressed are his own. Please note our new section, Energy Markets, which will include analysis from Leitch on the energy markets and broader energy issues. And also note our live generation widget, and the APVI solar contribution.

 

   

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  • trackdaze

    Though we have bumped it up by 200Mw We still look conservative on the rooftop Mr Leitch.

    Thought the first quarter had over 200Mw installed?

    • trackdaze

      Update 300Mw by april. On track for 900Mw – 1Gw for the year.

      Thats if the budget isn’t going to smash solar????

  • Steven Gannon

    Thanks David. AGL doing very nicely.