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Monday Nov 20, 2017   
California has been a focal point ever since the pipeline explosion and extended heat that hovered over the state in October.  November has seen a near-term forward market stay bullish off the notion that the SoCal Gas system will be tight and its Citygate cash prices will skyrocket as system operators try to balance the system.  Back in October, the strain on the ... » read more
Friday Nov 17, 2017   
Western US carbon policy has been coming across my radar screen quite a bit lately. There isn’t any “breaking news”, but there are a number of things going on that could have long term implications for western markets. The state of Washington is considering a carbon tax. The state of Oregon is contemplating a version of cap and trade that is independent of ... » read more
Thursday Nov 16, 2017   
October provided very strong wind throughout the central United States as both SPP and ERCOT saw their capacity factors increase substantially compare to that of August 2017..  In fact, the former saw its highest capacity factor (62%) of the year, which would have been higher if it not for massive curtailments throughout the month.  The latter was similar ... » read more
Wednesday Nov 15, 2017   
As a part of the fallout of the brutally cold 2014/2015 winter ISONE was forced to take a hard look at their ability to reliability to provide power to the residence of New England through the winter months.  Like many RTOs across the US, the ISONE grid is shifting away from dirtier/more expensive fuels like coal and oil in favor of pipeline fed natural ... » read more
Tuesday Nov 14, 2017   
After a little bit of delay, Dominion's Cove Point Liquefaction Terminal is set to start exporting volumes for tanker loading starting November 16. This has been a four year project to turn the Cove Point import terminal to an export facility. The 3.8 Billion dollar facility is capable of loading .75 BCF per day. Connections from Columbia - Loudoun, Transco-Pleasant ... » read more
Monday Nov 13, 2017   
Being a Green Bay Packer fan over the years has been exciting in a sense that I grew up watching a Hall of Fame quarterback in Brett Favre win a Super Bowl and three consecutive MVP awards.  Back in 2005, Ted Thompson saw a guy by the name of Aaron Rodgers fall in the NFL draft and decided to use the Packers 1st round choice (24th overall) for his rights.  In his ... » read more
Friday Nov 10, 2017   
We do a lot of valuation work on the consulting side of the EnergyGPS house. We estimate value and risk of a variety of electricity assets. The work tends to follow the asset development and investment cycle. In 2010 we valued a lot of thermal assets. Then came the wind projects. Then the solar projects. Transmission and hydro assets have been sprinkled in there as well. » read more
Thursday Nov 9, 2017   
Northeast production has been surging since the beginning of the month. These increases are tied to a jump in takeaway capacity for the region. With the winter nearly here, storage across the country is close to full. In order to avoid early withdrawals, Marcellus production has quickly responded to the additional capacity flowing out of the region.  ... » read more
Wednesday Nov 8, 2017   
Coming into this week we were met with cooler temperatures across the country which shifted up power demand compared to the last few weeks.  Powerburns increased as a result however the initial readings were a little troubling as the early pipeline nominations indicated a significant downside deviation in the powerburns relative to the last 30 days.  When the ... » read more
Tuesday Nov 7, 2017   
The California Public Utilities Commission has a difficult job. They are entrusted with being the arbiters between wants and needs in a highly politicized state often guided by emotion. Think of them as the lone parent in a sandbox full of three year old toddlers. Over the past ten years they have had the unenviable task of having to manage several energy reliability issues ... » read more
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