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Electricity Rates Guide – March 17

Since our last wholesale rate update on February 17, electricity rates across NSW, QLD, SA and VIC have increased significantly. These wholesale price trends have been reflected with substantial increases in retail peak and off-peak rates for large market electricity customers.

Market Overview


Average Futures Price MovementCurrent Month to Date2 Months to Date3 Months to Date6 Months to Date12 Months to Date24 Months to Date
Since 1-Mar-20171-Feb-20171-Jan-20171-Oct-20161-Apr-20161-Apr-2015
NSW Up 7.75%Up 34.51%Up 52.10%Up 70.33%Up 147.96%Up 194.31%
QLD Up 2.63%Up 17.43%Up 37.57%Up 49.90%Up 95.31%Up 144.60%
SA Up 10.88%Up 13.51%Up 14.08%Up 19.90%Up 59.20%Up 169.06%
VICUp 19.11%Up 45.80%Up 63.74%Up 82.75%Up 194.74%Up 282.27%

Source: www.asxenergy.com.au
Note: The above rates are based on the average of Calendar Year 2017, 2018, 2019 base load futures prices.

New South Wales  (Increase)


Futures Price Movement since:Current Month to Date2 Months to Date3 Months to Date6 Months to Date12 Months to Date24 Months to Date
Since 1-Mar-20171-Feb-20171-Jan-20171-Oct-20161-Apr-20161-Apr-2015
NSW average movementUp 7.75%Up 34.51%Up 52.10%Up 70.33%Up 147.96%Up 194.31%

Wholesale futures prices in NSW trended up in March with an average total increase of 7.75%.  This is reflected in the rates that are currently being offered by retailers to large market electricity customers in NSW:

Rates in NSW Current retailer offers (range):
LowHigh
Peak$0.12 / kWh$0.20 / kWh
Shoulder$0.12 / kWh$0.20 / kWh
Off Peak$0.06 / kWh$0.11 / kWh

Queensland (Increase)


Futures Price Movement since:Current Month to Date2 Months to Date3 Months to Date6 Months to Date12 Months to Date24 Months to Date
Since 1-Mar-20171-Feb-20171-Jan-20171-Oct-20161-Apr-20161-Apr-2015
QLD average movementUp 2.63%Up 17.43%Up 37.57%Up 49.90%Up 95.31%Up 144.60%

Wholesale futures prices in QLD increased by a relatively low 2.63% in March. This is reflected in the rates that are currently being offered by retailers to large market electricity customers in QLD:

Rates in QLD Current retailer offers (range):
LowHigh
Peak$0.11 / kWh$0.15 / kWh
Off Peak$0.07 / kWh$0.11  / kWh

South Australian (Increase)


Futures Price Movement since:Current Month to Date2 Months to Date3 Months to Date6 Months to Date12 Months to Date24 Months to Date
Since 1-Mar-20171-Feb-20171-Jan-20171-Oct-20161-Apr-20161-Apr-2015
SA average movementUp 10.88%Up 13.51%Up 14.08%Up 19.90%Up 59.20%Up 169.06%

Whilst South Australia remains the most expensive, the market experienced the lowest price increases of around 3% over January and February. This translates into retail rates as follows:

Rates in SA Current retailer offers (range):
LowHigh
Peak$0.16 / kWh$0.19 / kWh
Off Peak$0.08 / kWh$0.10  / kWh

Victoria (Increase)


Futures Price Movement since:Current Month to Date2 Months to Date3 Months to Date6 Months to Date12 Months to Date24 Months to Date
Since 1-Mar-20171-Feb-20171-Jan-20171-Oct-20161-Apr-20161-Apr-2015
VIC average movementUp 19.11%Up 45.80%Up 63.74%Up 82.75%Up 194.74%Up 282.27%

Victoria continued to experience the most volatility of the NEM in March. Wholesale futures increased by an average of 19.11%, which brings the total increase for the past 6 months to 63.74%.

This is reflected in the rates that are currently being offered by retailers to large market electricity customers in Victoria:

Rates in VIC

 

Current retailer offers (range):
LowHigh
Peak$0.10 / kWh$0.20 / kWh
Off Peak$0.06 / kWh$0.11  / kWh

Futures market volatility is driven by the level of uncertainty about future electricity spot prices. Uncertainty is prevalent in the current market and that’s why futures rates have risen so dramatically.

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