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Retail

This folder provides access to datasets that relate to the operation of the retail electricity market.

Wholesale

The wholesale folder provides access to a wide range of data relating to the operation of the wholesale electricity market. For example, final pricing raw case files, vSPD input GDX files, and CSV files containing final prices, half hourly metered data, bids and offers, and much more.

Ancillary services

This folder provides access to datasets that relate to the operation of markets for ancillary services. Electricity markets require ancillary services to ensure the quality and reliability of the electricity supply is maintained at acceptable levels. Offers to supply frequency keeping services are an example of the data available to be downloaded.

Forward markets

This folder provides access to information and datasets relating to forward markets. For example, the weekly report summarising activity on the ASX New Zealand electricity futures and options exchange and the New Zealand electricity hedge disclosure system. Forward markets can take many forms, and enable parties to manage price or location risks by trading contracts derived from the spot market for electricity.

Environment

Environmental factors such as weather can significantly influence outcomes in the electricity market. This folder provides access to environmental datasets. For example, lake levels and inflows into hydro storage reservoirs.

Supplementary information

This folder provides access to supplementary information that supports reports published elsewhere by the Electricity Authority. For example, the analysis undertaken to support a consultation project or an industry study.

vSPD

vSPD is an independently audited, mathematical replica of the Scheduling, Pricing and Dispatch (SPD) market clearing engine used in the administration and operation of the New Zealand electricity market.

GEM

GEM, which stands for Generation Expansion Model, is a GAMS-based, long-term capacity expansion model of the New Zealand electricity sector.

Doasa

Doasa is a version of the stochastic dual dynamic programming technique applied to the solution of hydro-thermal scheduling problems.

HSS

The Hydro Supply Security (HSS) test applies a deterministic methodology to calculate the risk of a storable hydro supply shortage by assuming that storable hydro is treated as the last resort supply of energy. The HSS test is encapsulated in a simplified version of the vSPD model.

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Notes:

  1. Retail reports are released after the 10th business day of each month. The next scheduled release is due on 15/09/2017. The reports are built off a live system and the data is subject to change as registry events are processed (e.g. backdated corrections or withdrawn switches).
  2. A switch occurs each time an ICP changes trader. These switches are recorded in the month they are initiated in the Registry (not completed). They are summed across the period the report covers or available as a monthly series. Switches that are subsequently withdrawn and bulk transfers of ICPs between traders that do not involve consumers actively switching are not included in these switch counts. Relative switching or switching rates calculate switches (filtered by switch type) as a percentage of the average number of active ICPs in the selected market segment and region during the period it is calculated for. Relative switching rates can, therefore, be summed for each switch type or retail entity and equate to the switch rate for all switches in the region and market segment. The market segment parameter should be used to investigate relative switching across different connection types.
  3. Switch types are:
    • A ‘trader’ (TR) switch is the standard process for any ICP identifier with a maximum meter category of 2 where the customer at the connection has an existing contract with the trader (losing trader) recorded in the registry. This switch type includes ‘standard NHH’ (S) switches prior to Part 10 changes in the Code that came into effect in September 2013.
    • A ‘move in’ (MI) switch is the process is used for any ICP identifier with a maximum meter category of 2 where the customer at the connection does not have a contract with the trader (losing trader) recorded in the registry. This switch type includes ‘standard move in NHH’ (SM) switches prior to Part 10 changes in the Code that came into effect in September 2013.
    • A ‘half hour’ (HH) switch is the process used for any ICP identifier with a meter category 3 and higher. This switch type includes ‘standard HHR’ (H), ‘move in HHR’ (HM), and switches from NHH to HHR and vice versa (NH and HN) prior to Part 10 changes in the Code that came into effect in September 2013.
    More information on switching is available in schedule 11.3 of the code.
  4. Retail entities are brand, trader, and parent company. Some snapshot brand information is available at 31 December each year from 2011. Trader information is derived from the registry and parent company stats are a simple sum from trader data, including switches. Parent companies track ownership changes through time. Direct purchasers/generators in this report are traders with ICPs that are not active as retailers and directly purchase from, or sell to, the clearing manager. These companies are Alinta, Cold Storage Nelson, Lloyd Wensley, NZ Aluminium Smelters, NZ Steel, NZ Wind Farms, and Onekaka Energy.
  5. Market segment breakdowns are available from September 2013 when ANZSIC codes were introduced into the registry in a field maintained by the trader. No breakdown is available at NSP level.
    Market segments are not mutually exclusive. Residential connections have no ANZSIC code. Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) connections are defined as those assigned meter categories 1 and 2 (low voltage up to 500A) with an ANZSIC code excluding those relating to central or local government and other utility services. Industrial connections have ANZSIC code from A through E and commercial connections F through Z. More information on ANZSIC codes is available at www.stats.govt.nz.
  6. Region types are either network based or derived from standard statistical boundaries. Network based regions are network supply points (NSP), network reporting regions and zones, mappings are available in the NSP table which is available as a wholesale report. Other regions are derived from ICP location data and statistical boundaries (2013 census). ICPs without location data default to the location of their NSP. Main centres use Territorial Authority boundaries (city councils) where Wellington includes Porirua City, Upper Hutt City, Lower Hutt City, and Wellington City. The data report lets users select 'All regions' (where the regions are not the data series) to get data for all regions in a single file. Regions are listed North to South except for NSPs
  7. For more information on specific terms and their definitions please visit the glossary on this website.