Forecasted Power Price Methodology

For the UK portfolio, we use multiple sources for UK power price forecasts. At the short end (up to three years), where PPAs exist we use the PPA prices that have been achieved. For periods where there are no PPAs in place, we use the short-term market forward prices. After year two we use a rolling blended average of three leading independent energy market consultants’ long-term central case projections. This approach allows mitigation of any delay in response from the three independent market forecasters used by the Company (“Consultants”) in publishing periodic (quarterly) or ad hoc updates following any significant market development.

For the Italian portfolio, a leading independent energy market consultant’s long-term projections are used to derive the power curve adopted in the valuation.

The power price forecasts used also include a ‘solar capture’ discount which reflects the difference between the prices available in the market in the daylight hours of operation of a solar asset versus the baseload prices included in the power price estimates. This solar capture discount is provided by the Consultants on the basis of a typical load profile of a solar asset and is reviewed as frequently as the baseload power price forecasts. The application of such a discount results in a lower long-term price being assumed for the energy generated by NESF’s portfolio.


Power Sales Strategy

To manage the sale of power into the electricity market, NextEnergy Capital, The Company’s investment adviser, continues to utilise its specialist power sales desk.  This team actively manages the Company’s power price contracting strategy and activities.  In the current environment, the power sales desk has enabled the Company to mitigate market price volatility whilst incrementally growing weighted average prices through forward hedging above forecast prices.    Aggregating the amount of revenue derived from subsidies and the power hedges, the Company has a high degree of comfort around forward revenue projections underpinning dividend cover for the current financial year.  Given the high degree of contracted revenues in future years, the Company is confident in its ability to continue to provide investors with a well-covered dividend going forward.


In addition to NESF’s budgeted revenues from ROCs and FITs (c.50%), the Company’s hedging positions (covering 716MW UK portfolio) as at 31 December 2022 were:

Financial Year UK budgeted generation hedged Average fix price
2022/23 94% £88MWh
2023/24 74% £73MWh
2024/25 44% £90MWh
2025/26 13% £147MWh



Electricity Generator Levy

The UK Government announced its initial publication of the Electricity Generator Levy (“EGL”) on 17 November 2022, in the run up to the Company’s interim results announcement on 21 November 2022.   The Company has fully priced in the impact of the EGL into the 31 December 2022 NAV calculation.  As a result of this, the Company has removed the temporary discounts it applied to the unhedged portion of the portfolio power prices in the 30 September 2022 NAV calculation.  As the Company has now captured the impact of the EGL, which was in line with expectations, the Company expects there to be no further impact on future NAV calculations.