Fuel Supplies in the NEM

Some articles, as they are prepared, in relation to fuel supplies in Australia’s National Electricity Market (NEM). This could be to do with coal supplies, or gas supplies, or in…


Some possible implications of the takeover bid for Centennial Coal

Preliminary thoughts about some of the possible implications of the agreed takeover of Centennial Coal by Thailand’s Banpu, and the long-term strategy to re-balance coal supplies evenly between domestic supplies to the National Electricity Market, and international supplies to generators across Asia.



Brief recap on the historical trend in spot prices in the NEM

Some analysis of the way in which prices in the Australian National Electricity Market have trended over time, from as far back as 1994 (in the markets that were precursors to the NEM).

Post written to provide some context to considerations about where prices are headed for the future…





Background to Winter 2010 in the NEM

Inspired by the price spike experienced this evening, I have spent a little time to put together the background to winters in the NEM.

This will be useful in understanding the context of any other events that occur this winter, and are analysed on WattClarity.






Concerns of Energy Users

Here’s a growing collection of articles we’re putting together with respect to the concerns of energy users. These articles are informed by interaction with a wide range of large commercial…





Demand Side Response in NSW on 4th February

On the 4th of February at around 11am energy users in NSW appear to have curtailed their load in response to high prices, resulting in a significant drop in demand. Simultaneously, network conditions and generator rebidding caused the NSW pool price to jump back and forth between extreme prices close to VOLL ($10,000/MWh) and the Market Floor Price (-$1,000/MWh).


Earth Hour 2010 – Impact on Australia’s Electricity Market

Now in its 4th year – Earth Hour has continued to spread across the globe, but participation in Australia appears to have decreased from previous years. In this article we compare reported electricity savings during the past 4 Earth Hour events, and look at the effects of Earth Hour on the NEM in 2010.



Queensland Energy Forum

As was mentioned in a previous post the topic which was most topical was the topic of increasing distribution network charges. The Queensland price increase proposals have not been approved yet, but based on the history of New South Wales, there is a widespread expectation that they will get approved.