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Friday Jul 28, 2017   
Battery storage has attracted considerable attention recently.  The IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting in Chicago this month featured many-dozen papers and well-attended presentations on storage, most of them focused on battery storage specifically.  One of the presenters, a long-time researcher in the field, commented that even just 5 years ago there ... » read more
Thursday Jul 27, 2017   
The line 'from sea to shining sea' is taken from the lyrics in the American the Beautiful.  With the weather pattern in the Western region of the Lower 48 warming up, we could have kept the title of the newsletter the same as the lyrics in the song as Portland is expected to get up into the low 90's by early next week. Figure 1 | ... » read more
Wednesday Jul 26, 2017   
After experiencing a record number of wet days this winter, Portland has gone a little more than a month without any rainfall.  While the dry and warm conditions in the PNW have made for a pleasant summer, we are starting to see the impact on the power market.  Average daily hydro generation has declined nearly 6 GWa since the start of July. » read more
Tuesday Jul 25, 2017   
Yesterday, FERC posted a Cease and Desist Order from the West Virginia Department of Enrironmental Protection (WVDEP) stating that Rover must stop progress on pipeline construction until all regulations are met with regard to safe working practices. In the order they cite several issues. Almost all of them are related to waste management and worksite containment practices. » read more
Monday Jul 24, 2017   
The California Public Utilities Commission did somehting incredible this week. They defied public and political opinion, listened to the expert testimony of SoCal Gas and the California Department of Conservation - Department of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) and declared that Aliso Canyon open for business once again after nearly 21 months of being shut down. » read more
Friday Jul 21, 2017   
As many readers know, I am a big fan of the work of Vaclav Smil. He is one of the best thinkers and writers in the energy space. He has the rare combination of intellect, creativity, numerical competence, clear writing style, and relevance. He is a prolific writer. This year he has published an update to a book originally published in 2006, a new book, and the JPMorgan ... » read more
Thursday Jul 20, 2017   
For the past two days, the CAISO day-ahead auction clear has settled in around the 11.0 implied heat rate across the heavy load down in SP15. Figure 1 | CAISO Day-Ahead Auction Breakdown ... » read more
Wednesday Jul 19, 2017   
It is that time of year again when the annual Midc conference is being held in Wenatchee, WA.  If you have not been and are doing business in the West, I highly recommend putting it on your calendar for next year.  The reasons for this is simple ... » read more
Tuesday Jul 18, 2017   
Temperature east of the Mississippi River are going to take a material turn higher this week. Thursday through Saturday's forecast is showing the day-time highs stretch into the mid to high 90's which will put this as the hottest days of the summer thus far. Compounding the heat will be high humidity making the indexes near triple digits. PJM peak load is expected to climb ... » read more
Monday Jul 17, 2017   
After spending the weekend in San Jose for a Futsal tournament (the Brazilian sport that is a combination of soccer on a smaller field with more action), I got to see first hand how the weather in Northern California fares throughout the day.  In the morning/late evening hours the breeze cools things off to a point that a sweatshirt is needed.  During the day, the ... » read more
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