Media buzz about compensation for Gladstone Power Station under the coal price cap

During this quiet week between Christmas and New Year there are only a couple of us working – with part of our focus being preparations for the release of the Generator Statistical Digest 2022 (GSD2022) in January 2023.

In between that (and keeping an eye on the Boxing Day test scores), I did also note some articles relating to the Federal Government’s latest major intervention in the National Electricity Market.   Here’s two articles about the same development from the Guardian and the Australian:

The Guardian The Australian

At 14:58 AEDT today, Amy Remeikis published ‘Gladstone power plant compensation a flashpoint in federal government’s coal price cap negotiations’:


Amy’s article references the following earlier article at the Australian …

At 10:38 AEST, Lydia Lynch and Sarah Elks and Michael McKenna published ‘Rio Tinto and partners net $450m from Albanese government’s coal cap’:


Whatever the number ends up being, it’s understandable that it might cause a stir.  However it’s equally understandable that in tinkering with a machine as complex as the National Electricity Market, there are going to be costs and risks involved – perhaps moreso than might have been envisaged by at least some stakeholders at the commencement of the process.

Given the news about Gladstone Power Station, I thought it would be worth sharing this excerpt from the very-early-and-incomplete-draft of the GSD2022 showing the ‘A-Page’ for Gladstone Unit 2 … which (amongst other things) highlights the very large spot revenues earned in June and July 2022 by this particular units at the height of the 2022 Energy Crisis:


Of course, as noted on this image, the top chart shows spot revenues – so does not factor in input costs, or the effect of hedge contracts in place (amongst other things).

This compendium (which we’ve been producing for a number of years now in conjunction with Jonathon Dyson’s team at Greenview Strategic Consulting is a very useful quick reference to performance stats for each unit individually for the most recent 10 years.

Stay tuned for more…

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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 "Media buzz about compensation for Gladstone Power Station under the coal price cap"

  1. It looked to me as if Wivenhoe pushed QLD over the cumulative price threshold. Interesting since there has been lots of rain so water is not scarce.

    I suspect pumping costs were high, therefore the station bid its output high to maintain a satisfactory arbitrage.

    Spells danger for a system reliant on storage.

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