IEX Electricity Market Registers 76% Growth; Trades 6743 MU Volume in Oct’20

The Indian Energy Exchange (IEX) traded electricity volume of 6743 MU in October’20 witnessed a significant 76 per cent YoY growth. The national peak demand in the same period saw 6 per cent YoY increase and the energy consumption recorded a 12 per cent YoY increase, according to the data published by the POSOCO.

November 04, 2020. By Manu Tayal

The Indian Energy Exchange (IEX) traded electricity volume of 6743 MU in October’20 witnessed a significant 76 per cent YoY growth. The national peak demand in the same period saw 6 per cent YoY increase and the energy consumption recorded a 12 per cent YoY increase, according to the data published by the Power System Operation Corporation (POSOCO).

Further, the day-ahead market volume at 5501 MU during the month saw 62 per cent YoY growth. Though the buy bids at 6163 MU saw 57 per cent YoY increase in volume during the month, the market continued to witness high sell side liquidity with the total sell bids at 9804 MU being 1.8 times of the cleared volume.

Despite the increase in buy bids, the average market clearing price at Rs 2.74 per unit saw only a slight increase of 1 per cent on YoY basis and 2 per cent on MoM basis. This has ensured that both the distribution utilities and industries accrue significant financial savings while leveraging the Exchange market for increasingly meeting their short-term electricity requirements at low cost.

One Nation One Price was achieved during 29 days of the month. The market saw minor congestion due to forced outage of transmission lines during the month mainly towards the import of power by the Southern States.

The trade in the term-ahead market stood at 219 MU for the month with several utilities increasing trading in weekly and daily contracts.

The real-time electricity market (RTM) registered a total trade of 814 MU during October’20 registering a 16 per cent growth on MoM basis. The rise in trade volume was also accompanied by the increased participation – October’20 witnessed 326 market participants during the month and increase in average participation by ~11 per cent over the previous month. RTM facilitates utilities and open access consumers in balancing the real-time demand-supply variations in the most efficient manner, with delivery of power at just a 1-hour notice making it desirable amongst the utilities.

RTM registered highest volume traded on a single day stood at 44.54 MU on 14th October’20. Further, the highest number of participants transacting in a single day was 166 on three separate days i.e. on 7th, 19th and 29th of October’20.

During the month, the sell bids and buy bids volume stood at 2199 MU and 1078 MU respectively. With the sell side liquidity at nearly twice the buy side, the market discovered competitive average clearing price at Rs 2.69 per unit.

On a cumulative basis, the real-time electricity market has traded a volume of 3680 MU in the first five months since inception on 1st June 2020.

The recently launched Green Term Ahead Market (GTAM) continued to witness an increasingly exciting response from the utilities, consumers as well as renewable generators. During October, the market recorded a trade volume of 208 MU representing a significant 151 per cent growth on MoM basis. The trade in solar energy at 173 MU dominated the non-solar trade

The market saw participation from 25 participants during the month. The highest single day participation of 18 was recorded on16th and 28th of October’20. The key participants included utilities from West Bengal, Haryana, Dadar & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu and Delhi among others.

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