AEMO releases report on Market Suspension during June 2022

Also worth noting today (Thursday 18th August) is that the AEMO has published its 52-page report on the Market Suspension from 15th to 24th June 2022 (and preceding conditions) here:


The first two paragraphs are worth repeating here:

‘This report relates to the series of events associated with low reserve conditions in the National Electricity Market (NEM) between 10 June 2022 and 24 June 2022, including operation of the Queensland – New South Wales Interconnector (QNI) in excess of secure limits on 13 June 2022, spot market suspension from 15 June 2022 to 24 June 2022, and multiple directions for reliability.

Event overview

In June 2022, a confluence of high commodity prices, domestic market price caps, planned and unplanned outages of scheduled generating plant, low output from semi-scheduled generation, and high winter demand conditions led to unprecedented challenges operating the NEM



The second paragraph is another reminder, for those who might be pre-disposed to cherry pick a limited number of contributing factors to justify their own preconceived notions that there were many different factors that combined to produce the result.

1)  A couple weeks ago when the AEMO released its QED for Q2 2022 I stopped counting at 8 different factors

2)  Even the last sentence quoted above flags 6 factors:

Factor 1 = high commodity prices

Factor 2 = domestic price caps

Factor 3 = planned outages of scheduled generating plant

Factor 4 = forced outages of scheduled generating plant

Factor 5 = low output from semi-scheduled generation

Factor 6 = high winter demand conditions.


I noted here but it is worth repeating that we wrote in our own Executive Summary within GenInsights21 that…

‘As we worked through these questions via GenInsights21, several key data points led to the identification of three key challenges at hand:

1)  Variability and Uncertainty are Increasing

2)  Risks are Increasing

3)  Complexity is Increasing’

… so we will read with keen interest this AEMO report into how these four factors (and three challenges) were very much on display through June 2022.

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Paul McArdle
One of three founders of Global-Roam back in 2000, Paul has been CEO of the company since that time. As an author on WattClarity, Paul's focus has been to help make the electricity market more understandable.

2 Comments on "AEMO releases report on Market Suspension during June 2022"

  1. The one big omission in the AEMO report is the absence of a review of the Administered Price which at $300/MWh was set some 20 years ago based on the cost of energy from distillate fired gas turbines. If this price was higher there may have been less intervention needed by AEMO and much simpler financial settlements. Alternatively a dynamically calculated administered price could possibly be calculated each time.

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