The summer of 2012-2013 was a very volatile time for the Queensland region of the NEM.
Responding to a number of questions received from a number of our clients (and others) we initiated a more formal review of the nature of this volatility (including some of the underlying causes).
Our CEO (Paul McArdle) was invited to present some preliminary findings to a joint meeting of Engineers Australia and IEEE in Brisbane on 30th May 2013.
You can view the full presentation (including extensive Q&A session) by following the link below:
One of our government department clients has recently left us a comment after using NEM-Watch and NEM-Review for an extended period of time:
“Thank you very much for your excellent service. We, at the Department, highly value both of your products (NEM-Watch and NEM-Review), which we use on a regular basis and find them extremely useful in the provision of any NEM related data analysis”
Dr T S Prasad – Manager Analysis & Modelling, Department of Water & Energy
7th of April 2008
It’s fantastic to see that government departments are continuing to get value out of our products, particularly when generating context-sensitive insights into data.
Our CEO, Paul McArdle has provided insights to Duncan Hughes from the Australian Financial Review in regards to how a power upgrade delay may cost energy users.
The article begins:
“DEFERRING until 2015 a $120 million upgrade of an electricity interconnector between Queensland and NSW will cost energy users about $5 billion in higher charges, major energy users say.
They claim an arcane formula – called the regulatory test – used to assess the merits of boosting the interconnector fails to take account for the real impact of the outcome on their costs.”
With the author quotes Paul commenting on the situation’s effects:
“Paul McArdle, managing director of market monitor NEM-Watch, said higher generating prices in summer peak periods would raise costs by $690 million a year, or about $5 billion for the next seven years.”
An investment manager has recently contacted us, telling us about how highly they rate NEM-Watch:
“You have clearly got the best product in the market, by a country mile (about NEM-Watch)”
Julian Turecek – Investment Manager – Cleantech Ventures
6th of March 2008
It’s great to hear that our relentless will to keep improving and iterating our products, is being noticed by our valued clients.
A communications specialist from NEMMCO (the former NEM market operator now succeeded by the AEMO) has complimented NEM-Watch passing on her congratulations to the Global-Roam team.
“… I found the NEM-Watch tips very helpful for understanding this tool and its capability … well done on a great product”
Sandra Fitzpatrick – Communications Specialist, NEMMCO
22nd of February 2008
Duncan Hughes from The Australian Financial Review has sought clarification using NEM-Watch to explain why the national electricity market was a “whisker short of a blackout” on a Tuesday night in June 2007.
Using a snapshot of NEM-Watch, Mr Hughes was able to illustrate how spot prices peaked:
According to NEM-Watch, a specialist software provider, a snapshot of the eastern seaboard and South Australia on Tuesday at 5:45pm, revealed spot prices paid by retailers hit more than $9400 MWH in Queensland, $9100 MWH in NSW, $7500 MWH in Victoria and more than $4500 MWH in South Australia.
NEM-Watch managing director Paul McArdle said at the peak of demand, national reserves were about 7 percent of capacity, or half of the typical back up of the national electricity market.
In the height of summer 2005-06 a journalist at The Age, Rod Myer, wrote this article “Power to cut out the middleman” to highlight a different approach a number of large industrial energy users were adopting to lower their average cost of energy consumed, whilst at the same time providing a valuable service to the market in helping to mitigate peak demand.
The article begins:
“SEVERAL Australian businesses are choosing to manage their exposure to the national electricity market directly rather than contract with retailers. And many who choose to go down this path are providing much needed backup for the power system by turning their plant off when power prices spike.”
Given that our company has been active in facilitating Demand Response for a number of years, it made sense that our comment was sought about this emerging opportunity for energy users.
The author notes our CEO, Paul McArdle, as commenting that:
“… companies using Global Roam software had added about 200 megawatts of demand-side response to the market by cutting use at certain trigger power prices.”
An employee from the Mt Stuart Power Station has told us about the benefits they are receiving from using NEM-Watch.
“We have definitely found NEM-Watch to be advantageous in looking at the market and trying to understand more about it.”
Laurie Korn – Mt Stuart Power Station
A spot trader from CS Energy has explained how NEM-Watch has saved their business time and money by allowing them to avoid having to develop their own software from scratch.
“…excellent, just what we planned to do ourselves…” (on NEM-Watch)”
Peter Bushing – Spot Trader, CS Energy