After much work from our team at the backend of 2020, the company’s progression during the first quarter of 2021 was underscored by two major releases that we were very pleased to deliver to our clients. This company update highlights some of the work of our team at Global-Roam during Q1 2021.
Release of Generator Statistical Digest 2020
In early February 2021, we released our Generator Statistical Digest 2020 (GSD2020) to the public. The GSD2020 was a collaborative project developed by ourselves and Greenview Strategic Consulting and followed on from the 2019 edition that we released 12 months prior. Like the edition before it, the publication contained a performance profile of financial and operational metrics for each operating unit in the NEM, utilising historical data spanning from 2011 to 2020.
As I wrote in an article on WattClarity, we were pleased to see the GSD2020 very well received by those who purchased it, and we were also happy to see this year’s GSD referenced by multiple journalists and analysts, including some from The Australian, EcoGeneration, PV Magazine, and Morgan Stanley, amongst others.
GSD2020 Data Extract
Shortly after releasing the GSD2020, we decided to allow clients to purchase a separate data extract of the statistics and calculated figures contained within. Paul has written this announcement about the release of the GSD2020 Data Extract over on WattClarity.
Release of ez2view Version 8
In the second half of 2020, we invested much time into developing version 8 of our ez2view software, which we released to our clients in late February.
As we noted upon the release, version 8 included several key updates to the way in which the software works, such as:
- A new licence/log in system for users
- New cloud-based shared settings functionality
- Merging of trends created online, and in the installed software
- Significant updates to online help and support for users
Along with these more general updates, the release also included several additional or upgraded widgets designed to help users increase their understanding of AEMO data, such as:
- A new ‘MT PASA DUID Availability’ widget
- Upgrades to the ‘NEM Map’ widget
- Upgrades to the ‘Regional Trading Prices’ widget
- Upgrades to the ‘PASA’ widget
- Updates to our ‘Regional Schematics’ widget
- Updated network diagrams within the Station Details widget
- Enhancements to our Trends Engine
Throughout April, we will be working to release ez2view v9. This will be the first version of the software to support the AEMO’s MMS Data Model 5.0, and hence the first version that will begin to support 5 Minute Settlement which comes into full effect across the market on October 1st, 2021.
Other Company News
- As already referenced on this site, our very own Marcelle Gannon was featured in the Melbourne Energy Institute (at the University of Melbourne) newsletter at the end of February.
- Marcelle was also a presenter at the 2021 CEC Large Scale Solar Forum in March, where she spoke about solar farm revenue in 2020 during the ‘Operating in the NEM’ session.
- We have begun conducting the analysis that will form the basis of our report ‘Generator Insights 2021’ which we are currently planning to release in the third quarter of this year. Further details about this report will be made on WattClarity in due course.
Some headlines from around the market during Q1
- On March 12th, South Australia saw extreme price spikes caused by numerous related and unrelated incidents including a fire at the Torrens Island Substation and the subsequent trip at Barker Inlet.
- On March 10th, EnergyAustralia announced that Yallourn Power Station will close in mid-2028, four years earlier than originally planned, becoming the latest coal power station to announce its closure.
- On February 12th, we watched from afar as mass electricity outages and load shedding occurred throughout the US state of Texas following severe winter storms.
- On February 4th, AGL Energy announced a $2.6 impairment, of which $1.9b was attributed to legacy wind farm off-take agreements.
- On January 13th, electricity demand in South Australia sharply rose by 45% within an hour after rooftop PV curtailed, seeming caused by a large cloud bank crossing over Adelaide.