By Gavin Evans
July 29 (BusinessDesk) - NZ Windfarms has signed a 15-month hedge on all the production from its Te Rere Hau wind farm
near Palmerston North.
The firm says the deal with a “major” New Zealand-based counter-party, takes effect from Oct. 1 and provides a quarterly
fixed price on the variable production from the project. The company wouldn’t disclose the price or counter-party.
Chairman John Southworth said the agreement reflects the changing dynamics of the wholesale electricity market and the
move to de-carbonise energy production and usage.
“These types of agreements will become commonplace in the future as the market moves to reflect changes in central and
local government energy policy and initiatives,” he said in a statement to NZX.
The firm’s shares rose 4 percent to 14.8 cents, now marginally ahead from the start of the year.
NZ Windfarms struggled historically as a stand-alone wind operator. Its production was highly variable and ample hydro
storage in recent years depressed the wholesale electricity prices it was solely reliant on.
It previously investigated retail partnerships and purchasing thermal back-up generation, and in 2017 opted to hedge
part of its output through the ASX futures market in order to secure greater revenue certainty. It lost money on those
contracts when wholesale prices surged late last year and earlier this year amid reduced gas supplies.
Last week it said it had canned efforts to sell the 97-turbine, 48 MW wind farm saying the prices offered weren’t high
Southworth today reiterated the firm’s earnings guidance. The company expects to report operating earnings - earnings
before interest, tax depreciation and amortisation - of about $4.7 million for the June year just ended, up about 19
percent from the year before. Ebitda for the year to June 30, 2020 is also expected to be in a range of $6.5 million to