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Thursday Feb 22, 2018   
Over the course of this year, 14.1 GWs of coal capacity is slated to retire. While in an ideal world carbon-free renewables would replace the coal facilities, gas generation will need to compensate for a large portion of the retirements. ERCOT and PJM contain nearly two thirds of the retirements for the lower 48 in the coming year, but fundamental factors affecting power ... » read more
Wednesday Feb 21, 2018   
If you have been following the EnergyGPS newsletter topics over the years, the one thing you can count on is there's always something going on within the state of California.  Back in 2012, we saw a couple of nuclear units forced into retirement (SONGS) as the replacement rods were deemed bad within a few months of returning to service.  After a summer ... » read more
Tuesday Feb 20, 2018   
It was one week ago that WSI led the meteorology pack by reversing a warm trend to much colder solution to begin the month of March. After the publication, the March contract rallied by 8 cents to $2.64 on fears that another polar event was expected to drop down on the Lower 48. Since that publication the near term weather events have posted nothing but warmth. Over the ... » read more
Friday Feb 16, 2018   
Can we talk batteries today? Everywhere I turn people are talking about batteries. The Wall Street Journal published two articles about batteries this week. As I’ve traveled to conferences and to visit clients in the last month I hear that within the next couple of years, every new solar project will be paired with batteries behind the inverter. In my travels ... » read more
Thursday Feb 15, 2018   
Warm weather has settled in over the Northeast. The citizens of Boston must be taking their puffy winter jackets off the coat rack and storing them in the closet as the city warmed up from 28 degrees on Tuesday to over 40 degrees for today. As the heat rolls in, we have seen the prices for Algonquin pull back, dropping below $3 for the day. Moving forward, these cool ... » read more
Wednesday Feb 14, 2018   
After a cold and volatile January, conditions have leveled off across the Northeast as temperatures have moved above normal this week. The correlated decrease in res/com demand has freed up pipeline capacity from Dominion up through the Algonquin systems.  After a one day cold event on Tuesday, gas prices have settled to their lowest values of the year as the M3/Dom ... » read more
Tuesday Feb 13, 2018   
The injection season is only a month and a half away. Besides the refilling of storage, with the summer months comes the onset of maintenance, construction and inspections for gas assets across the continent. The downtime associated with those activities impedes the pipeline flows each year, throwing a wrench into the daily balancing duties. That is why it is imperative ... » read more
Monday Feb 12, 2018   
I first want to start this EGPS Newsletter off by saying that I love hydro electricity.  It is not only green, but it is cheap, and can be extremely flexible.  It is the perfect product in my mind, but I digress.  The Pacific Northwest has started off 2018 with abundant hydro supplies.  Take a gander at Figure 1 and you will see that our output is well ... » read more
Friday Feb 9, 2018   
This week I attended the annual Infocast Wind Power Investment and Finance conference in San Diego. It is one of the better wind conferences of the year. They had record attendance which is an indicator that folks see a lot of opportunity in the market in the next couple of years. It is interesting to hear the perspectives from people in all parts of the business. Here are a ... » read more
Thursday Feb 8, 2018   
Both ERCOT and SPP continue to make a push towards renewables. The increased generation has added large amounts of wind over the past several years, and we don’t see this trend stopping anytime soon. As renewables are added to the supply stack, incremental megawatts will be taken away from thermal generation. ERCOT ... » read more
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