Rule Change: Open
This rule change request from the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) proposes to introduce a voluntary short term forward market to enable participants to contract for electricity in the week leading up to dispatch. By allowing the trading of electricity contracts closer to real time, the proposed market could give participants more price certainty and enable more demand response to be integrated into the wholesale market.
The proposed voluntary market would:
- be operated by AEMO
- facilitate the trading of anonymised short term electricity forward contracts
- operate on the Trayport platform
- offer a range of standardised contract tenures from a day ahead to a week ahead of trading
- where practicable, use existing NEM settlement, clearing and prudential frameworks.
On 1 August 2019 the Commission extended the period of time to make the draft determination to 12 December 2019. The Commission considers that this extension is necessary to allow for additional consultation with a broader group of stakeholders and sufficient time to work through the complex policy and legal issues.
On 11 April 2019 the AEMC published a consultation paper seeking stakeholder feedback on the proposal. Key questions are:
- how is short term risk currently managed in the NEM and would a short term forward market be beneficial to market participants
- what design elements should be considered as part of a short term forward market
- how significant are the implementation costs and what other implementation issues should be considered in the rule change assessment.
Submissions were due by 23 May 2019 and can be found below. An optional template was provided to help stakeholders with their responses.
On 20 December 2018 the AEMC received a rule change request from AEMO for the introduction of a voluntary short term forward market.
This request was based on a recommendation made by the AEMC in our 2018 Reliability Frameworks Review on how to integrate more demand response into the wholesale electricity market. In addition to a short term forward market, the AEMC also recommended the development of a wholesale demand response mechanism, which is being progressed through a separate rule change process.
For more information see our Reliability work plan.View less
|Consultation paper||Rule change proposal|
|Information sheet||Legal notice|
|Extension notice on draft determination|
|AGL||Australian Energy Council|
|Australian Financial Markets Association||Enel X|
|Energy Australia||Energy Queensland|
|ENGIE Australia & New Zealand||ERM Power|
|Infigen Energy||Meridian Energy Powershop|
|Snowy Hydro||Stanwell Corporation|