In May this year Jonathon Dyson and I presented a webinar on ‘Maximising Value in the NEM’ for Solar Farms to the Clean Energy Council’s Large-Scale Solar Forum webinar series. We followed this up with a similar presentation on ‘Maximising profitability in the NEM’ for Wind Farms at the CEC’s Wind Industry Forum webinar series in September.
Three central points of discussion in the webinars
In these two seminars, we explored for a Semi-Scheduled Generator:
- what you must do – which we covered with the first 2 snippets:
- On Monday, I asked whether ‘you know your obligations as a Semi-Scheduled Generator?’ using a first snippet extracted from our presentation for the Clean Energy Council’s audience on 17th September 2020.
- On Tuesday, I contrasted Conformance with Compliance … two terms that are frequently confused.
- what you want to do to maximise returns:
- On Wednesday, I explored where the money goes in and out for a wind or solar farm.
- and how to adapt as the market and power system changes.
Snippets about what Semi-Scheduled generators want to do
In this follow-on snippet, I discuss how Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) are much more complex now than they used to be, covering the critical questions you will need to consider in optimising your operations.
In the presentation on 17th September, I made reference to a rule change the AER was consulting on at the time. This is now at Draft Determination stage with the AEMC – given we’ve been following this closely, we posted this summary here (19th November) when the draft rule was published.
Other excerpts from the 2020 webinars
I posted articles before each webinar:
- on 18th May (about the changing distribution of spot prices) and
- then on 10th September (highlighting comparative performance of all wind farms)
– each providing a sneak peek into some of the other content from the webinars.
Clean Energy Council events Next Year (2021)
The Clean Energy Council has scheduled the 2021 Large-Scale Solar Forum for Brisbane on 11 March 2021, and the Wind Industry Forum for Melbourne on 25 May 2021.
Check out the CEC’s events page here for further details.