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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
Friday Jul 14, 2017   
We are nearly at the midway point of the month and have seen quite a bit of action in California as temperatures across the West have trended above normal.  Despite the heat, the DA cleared demand is virtually flat compared to last year.  Figure 1 | Average Hourly CAISO DA Load - July 2017 vs 2016 HL ... » read more
Thursday Jul 13, 2017   
Over the past few days, the CAISO day-ahead auction has been showing some congestion within its footprint.  Such constraints have been having an impact on the external nodes as both Malin and Sylmar have shifted down quite a bit compared to SP15. Figure 1 | CAISO Day-Ahead Price/Heat Rate Breakdown for 7/13/2017 ... » read more
Wednesday Jul 12, 2017   
The above average heat in California over the last couple weeks combined with a decline in imports from the broiling DSW has been the primary focus in the market.  The onset of summer has taken our attention away from what was previously a main focus in CAISO which is the sensationally strong hydro year.  Looking at generation by fuel type over the last 5 days ... » read more
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