Wholesale electricity prices above $5,000 per MWh in SA

On 10 January 2022, the wholesale electricity 30-minute price in South Australia (SA) was above $5,000 per megawatt hour (MWh) for the 12.30 pm 30-minute period.

The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) will publish a report into this high price by mid-March 2022.

The AER monitors and reports on wholesale electricity markets and is required to report on events that result in wholesale electricity 30-minute prices exceeding $5,000/MWh.

The AER is also required to report when average FCAS 30-minute prices go above $5,000/MW over consecutive 30-minute periods.

These reports are designed to examine market events and circumstances that contributed to wholesale market price outcomes and are not an indicator of potential compliance issues or enforcement action.

Most customers are not directly exposed to wholesale electricity prices. Energy retailers are the main purchasers in the wholesale electricity market. Retailers bundle electricity with network services for sale to their residential, commercial and industrial customers. Generators and retailers can manage their exposure to price variations in the wholesale market by entering hedge contracts that lock in firm prices for the electricity they intend to produce or buy.

You can subscribe to receive notifications of these reports; under Type select Performance report.

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Issued date: 
13 January 2022
AER reference: 
AC 08/22
Contact: 
General enquiries - Wholesale performance wholesaleperformance@aer.gov.au