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GRID Gresham House Energy Storage Fund Plc

0.80 (1.08%)
12 Jul 2024 - Closed
Delayed by 15 minutes
Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Gresham House Energy Storage Fund Plc LSE:GRID London Ordinary Share GB00BFX3K770 ORD 1P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  0.80 1.08% 74.80 73.10 74.80 75.00 74.40 74.40 288,766 16:35:03
Industry Sector Turnover Profit EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap
Trust,ex Ed,religious,charty -100.1M -110.11M -0.1929 -3.89 422.32M
Gresham House Energy Storage Fund Plc is listed in the Trust,ex Ed,religious,charty sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker GRID. The last closing price for Gresham House Energy Sto... was 74p. Over the last year, Gresham House Energy Sto... shares have traded in a share price range of 36.90p to 136.00p.

Gresham House Energy Sto... currently has 570,701,073 shares in issue. The market capitalisation of Gresham House Energy Sto... is £422.32 million. Gresham House Energy Sto... has a price to earnings ratio (PE ratio) of -3.89.

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Gresham house sold will this afect Grid
Write up in forbes magazine.
A distraction perhaps.
All cash takeover of Gresham House announced today. No impact at GRID?
Not just storage which is missing. Over the last decade we have destroyed about 20% of demand over the grid, an average of 6GW, through a combination of efficiencies, households economising in response to prices, increased self supply from solar + battery systems, and ongoing decline in heavy industry.

It would be timely if someone brought forward plant which could be scheduled to draw load from the grid and make use of intermittent surplus, things like electrolysers to synthesise hydrogen from water or gasifiers to make methane from waste, zero-carbon raw material processing, systems which sequester carbon.

How about we rebuild industry in Britain, there has to be more to us than marketing and insurance, and there has to be a constructive outcome from our massive wind farm programmes. Or will there be resurgent demand for domestic consumption, huge home batteries, EVs, immersion water heating (if someone had offered me free electric last night that is what I would have switched on instead of firing up the boiler), applique heat pump / air conditioning systems and er um ... The idea that we can export it is flawed.

Meanwhile another month goes by and no news from GRID about commissioning its constipated pipeline. The multi-project deal with Statera is proving to be a dud.

Well, the extended duration of negative power prices on Sunday is a direct result of government policy encouraging renewable generation whilst ignoring the need for energy storage. Obviously, GRID is part of that solution but the energy storage industry is in it's infancy and storage duration of available facilities is way too short.Volatility of electricity prices is exactly what GRID needs to be profitable though.
Negative power prices returned on Sunday
Analyst: Joseph Pepper


Last Sunday (2nd July), the GB half hourly day-ahead power price was negative for c.15 hours, one of the longest periods of negative power prices in the history of the GB electricity market. This was a result of high generation due to strong solar irradiation and wind speeds across Europe combined with low power demand that is typical of a Sunday (especially following energy-saving initiatives since the Ukraine war).

Liberum view

Short-term negative power prices are not a new phenomenon in power markets and are an increasingly common event as the renewable build-out continues but the period of time that power prices remained negative on Sunday was exceptional. The event is also unusual in a year which has had lower than anticipated volatility due to an overall reduction in electricity demand across Europe, although we do note that monthly price spreads have in general been increasing in recent years as the GB grid becomes increasingly intermittent.

Negative power price events provide lucrative trading opportunities for BESS assets (GRID, GSF, HEIT) which can be paid to charge before being paid again to discharge power once markets return to positive pricing. While clearly less positive for merchant generators we note that prices did revert to c.£70-80/MWh which is the YTD average and comfortably above pre-Covid levels. Furthermore, renewable generators with CfDs continue to be paid the CfD strike price for up to 6 consecutive hours of negative power pricing and still receive REGOs and as such can operate profitability in the short-term despite negative power prices.

Negative power price events are inefficient for National Grid ESO which has to incur balancing costs to manage excess supply and demand in the grid. Such balancing costs totalled £20m on Sunday, roughly 15x the average c.£1.3m daily cost paid between 2017-2020. Spiralling balancing costs are a focus of increased regulatory and government scrutiny.

However, negative power prices are not exclusively a GB market issue and indeed we note similar weather patterns in Europe on Sunday resulted in record-breaking negative prices reaching c.-500EUR/MWh in some European markets.

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Oh dear, it seems diversifying to invest in US projects such as Iliad in California does not solve GRID's problems. This report observes mounting supply chain and connection problems over there, the issues which are blamed for the long delays in delivering its UK portfolio.
Absolutely. At that scale you need to build a few more Dinorwic style pumped storage plants. We haven't got the geology/geography though. And nobody wants to spend that much money. Not on nuclear plants either. All along with this net zero stuff, all well and good building more and more wind and solar generation. Lack of true grid scale storage is something nobody seems to want to hear about. Even now.This morning we have just 870mw of wind generation in total on the grid. There's still 380mw coal generation on the grid this morning. Let's call it progress.
2nd time this week coal been called on the system at short notice. Partly down to a nuke dropping off and partly down to CCGTs on summer maintenance. Thing is one unit of coal at drax can do 660MWh thats a lot of battery power which just can't be replicated currently.
As a matter of interest, I just checked and preselected have about 480mw of coal fired generation on the grid. Almost no solar ( of course ) and 1700mw of wind generation. Coal fired generation. In summer.
Indeed you're right. The older coal fired units were commissioned in 1974. So they're just coming up to 50 years old. What a way to run a supposed 1st world economy. For completeness, the newer units at Drax were brought on line in 1986.And regarding HEIT, yes I absolutely agree. They could scoop the big money with their 2 hour duration facilities that will still be running when GRID is exhausted. Mind you, by then we'll highly likely have widespread loss of power regionally anyway. We might need battery storage and diesel generation just to bring other generation back on line.
@CdV Drax is the youngest of the coalies and didn't run last winter but now West Burton is being demolished DNEZ are in blind panic mode. Blackouts wont go down well in an election year not that any other party has a sensible plan that will keep the lights on under worst case scenarios something the CEGB successfully did outside of the 87 hurricane. My take is HEIT could yet become the star here with its 2hr duration batteries to exploit the arbitrage and be of use in the balancing mechanism. The long run issue here is they don't go mad on over-cycling them to make money now but degrade them quicker.
I think GRID should have a good winter. Government is reportedly talking to Drax about preparing their coal fired units for operation in the coming winter. Yet Drax is already decommissioning them. You couldn't make it up. The country is dependent on 60 year old coal fired dinosaur power plant to keep the lights on next winter. It's looking like winter 23/24 we will be heavily reliant on the interconnectors to Europe. Good luck with that when we have a high pressure weather system, no wind generation, little solar generation, minus 10 degrees ambient in Jan/Feb. Power price arbitrage opportunities will be extremely lucrative. I expect.
I would not take any comfort from GSFs report, they have been undershooting there for years, same issues of slow progress and struggling to cover the dividend despite recent price spikes, their share price has sunk below IPO price. Talk without the walk.

Having maximum capacity available going in to last winter, as per the plan, to take advantage of the extreme pricing was a one-time opportunity. Getting in position to take advantage of future opportunities, albeit milder ones, is still a possibility. There is still a business case for more battery storage, especially longer duration and coupled with solar, eg where there are already grid connections.

Unfortuntely while GRID chase new developments and the funds needed to expand, and continue to suffer pipeline delays, the negative jaws between income and dividend are going to get wider. I would not be surprised if this retreats all the way back to 130p and I'm not sure if I would be a buyer even then.

And no I am not just doing GRID down or making excuses to sell, I was until recently a huge fan and had faith in the exciting prospects ahead. We have been let down, I am disappointed and angry.

@waterloo GORE are much more diversified around the globe so won't feel the effect of the saturation now appearing in UK mkt. Batteries are here to stay but with material price increases driving up construction costs as well as delays to commissioning the mkt may come better into balance during next year as the next wave of windfarms come online.
I'm afraid we are a environment where investors are looking for any excuse to sell.
Good results from Gore St this AM. NAV up, revenue up and divi up.

No mention of capacity price issues.

@marktime those conditions will drive demand for more ancillary services from ESO as less synchronous generation on the system the more batteries need to be called on the system to manage frequency swing. That said the fundamental issue now is the ESO is being swamped with bids for ancillary services so GRID adding another 200MW is going to create a race to the bottom on auction pricing. There is still big daily swings on half hour pricing though for them to boost income through trading but without PPAs they have to trade in the balancing market and every other battery wants a slice.

Reality was that last years power spike was an aberration albeit the long run price will now be higher but then so is the cost of building these. share price got ahead of itself last year so pushing back to having enough margin for lower run power prices.

A month ago we were promised commissioning of 4 projects, mostly being built by Statera, delivering 200 MW into the live portfolio within "a couple of months". No news. It is the erosion of management cred and the continuing failure to execute the plan, original or revised, which has predictably driven GRID to a discount. As you say market prices are slumping, network demand keeps setting new record lows, we are tapping in to surplus hydro from Norway and surplus nuclear from France.

Not sure where this will end, but right now we don't need to hear about expansion strategy or reward schemes it all rests on generating income.

nope. i see they have some negative pricing in some Nordic countries esp.
The market is not liking the combination of falling power prices and increasing cost of debt.
Well it is hardly a vote of confidence to be so far short of target, and is way below the funds required for the proposed projects. Or have they trimmed the pipeline. Oh dear.

Maybe a pause while delayed income catches up would have been a better strategy after all. Still no news on commissioning progress.

Hard not to conclude this is a terrific venture going wrong.

£50m raised against a target of £80m. Not too shabby in the context of the current awful fundraising environment.

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That was a really good summary of broker perspective. Some on the sell side saying this will be an attractive diversification and lowers the risk of long term income. Combining solar with longer duration battery storage an obviously good strategy. Others sharing my disappointment asking where the rest of the money will come from to implement the shrinking and delayed portfolio pipeline. You have to agree with the conclusion that expenditure has run too far ahead of income, mostly because of the extra time it is taking new projects to complete. Should fund raising and portfolio expansion pause to allow income to come through?

Yes if you are income investor, let projects catch up to put some shine back on the yield.

No if you are a portfolio manager getting paid according to AUM and doing deals.

What if you are a NAV growth trader or share price speculator, where do you think things will turn in the short term? What would the effect be of having to borrow to fill the funding gap, not just on income but on perceived value? If and when delayed projects go live will NAV momentum be restored?

Well unusually it is a week-long placing so you would think that for the time being the share price will be held at the offer price of 155.5p. But no, there are open market buyers at 156-156.5p. Go figure! Maybe there is more appetite for GRID than I expected, with punters expecting the share price to return to a premium shortly.

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