Monday 31st July 2017 was a day (one of an increasing number in recent years) when dispatch prices for energy in South Australia dropped below $0/MWh – and, in this case, down to the Market Floor of -$1,000/MWh for the 13:30 dispatch interval.
We posted two images from NEM-Watch v10 on WattClarity here, to help to illustrate that there was more going on than just “energy” market considerations.
We also noticed that the Advertiser (in this article here) referenced our NEM-Watch Widget in their story about strong winds, and a transmission outage causing export limitations, contributing to negative prices in the region. Here’s a snapshot of some of the article:
Given we intend all of our products to “make complexity more understandable, so people can make better decisions” it’s always good to see people acknowledge that we deliver on that mission, in this way.
In early February, numerous news websites including the Adelaide Advertiser and the Sydney Morning Herald embedded our NEM-Watch Live Generation Widget (as seen on RenewEconomy) to help explain the generation mix of each state of Australia during the recent heat waves affecting the South Australian and New South Wales electricity network. In addition to the situational awareness that the widget provided, Allan O’Neil made several posts on WattClarity during the week including this initial analysis attempting to explain the root causes of the blackouts experienced in South Australia.
During the national heatwave of February 2016, we fielded many calls from journalists and saw an increasing number of parties use (or embed) a variety of our bite-sized widgets, all focused at making some aspects of complexity more understandable.
Throughout 2016 we have been working with the Australian Energy Storage Council in the development of a national Energy Storage Register (the reasoning for which is provided here). This project is ongoing.
In the process of developing this service for the range of stakeholders involved in the sector, it became apparent that there was an opportunity for us to help in a number of other ways with respect to the battery storage sector – and, in the process, help to ensure that the Energy Storage Register sees successful development through 2017.
BatteryStorage.info is being developed collaboratively by Global-Roam Pty Ltd and the Australian Energy Storage Council. The site explains aspects of battery storage to a wider audience and acts as a single location for all articles about Battery Storage.
Our BatteryFinder™ widget, launched in October 2016, continues to grow as a searchable/filterable ready reference to the makes and models of battery storage currently available on the Australian market.
BatteryFinder™ emerged as a milestone in the development of the broader national Energy Storage Register – as the Register requires a comprehensive (and continually updated) list of Makes and Models of battery storage technology available for use in Australia.
1) Battery Finder is embedded below. You can both:
(a) Search for particular battery systems of interest; and/or
(b) Filter down the list, by clicking the facets on the left.
2) Don’t forget that there’s no charge to embed BatteryFinder™ on your own website – simply click on the “</> Embed” button on the widget below, provide your details and follow the instructions emailed to you.
3) Based on requests from some interested parties, we are also developing API access to Battery Finder data, which will be available at a modest charge. Please email us if you would like to know more about this.
We’ll look forward to continuing to seeing the list below increase in numbers…
Our CEO, Paul McArdle spent the best part of last night piecing together the animation below in an attempt to understand what went on leading up to and during yesterday’s blackout throughout South Australia. Using ez2view, the animation explains what happened in generation and demand levels in South Australia between 06:00 and 17:00 on Wednesday the 28th of September, 2016.
An initial post and an update on the situation has already been posted on WattClarity, but time permitting, more analysis of what’s happened will be published over the coming days and weeks.
Our CEO, Paul McArdle recently penned an article on WattClarity pondering whether the remarkable price results from Q2 were a short lived excursion or whether they are the begging of a more systematic change in pricing patterns. Paul’s article caught the attention of several journalists including Ben Potter from the Australian Financial Review, who referenced the analysis in his piece ‘COAG out of action as electricity prices soar‘, and sought comments from Paul on the topic:
Average wholesale electricity prices across the National Electricity Market shot up to $65-$80 a megawatt hour in the mainland NEM states in the June quarter, and to $120 in Tasmania, Paul McArdle, director of GlobalRoam, said.
Last week, Sydney Morning Herald journalist’s Adam Morton and Brian Morris published an article on the possible closure of coal-power generation at the Hazelwood Power Station. In the article, the journalists sought comments from a number of industry experts including our CEO, Paul McArdle. Providing experience and insight on the topic, Paul was quoted in the article:
Most analysts who spoke to Fairfax Media said it was difficult to say what impact removing Hazelwood would have on prices – Global-Roam’s Paul McArdle said it was the “million dollar question” – but many said they were likely to increase.
Paul McArdle, managing director at Global-Roam, said: “The reality is nobody knows because it depends what competitors do.” He said it was likely prices would rise while also lifting AGL’s profitability, for example.