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Wednesday May 30, 2018   
A few articles hit our inbox yesterday morning stating that four wild fires last summer were caused by PG&E power lines. In three instances it was concluded that PG&E violated state laws regarding vegetation management which ultimately resulted in fires and the utility may face fines as result. It wasn't all bad news for PG&E as the investigation by Cal Fire concluded that the largest of the four (8,400 acre La Porte fire) was started when a tree branch fell on a PG&E power lines, however the utility did not violate any laws in this instance and was not found at fault for the blaze. To keep this in perspective, this was is relation to just 4 of the 170 fires which Cal Fire is investigating.  The announcement comes on the heals of the announcement that ... » read more
Tuesday May 29, 2018   
Alliance Pipeline went out with an Open Season on March 25th for .4 BCF per day of additional capacity into the Chicago Citygate. The pipeline has access to two of the most prolific production basins in the world with Bakken and the Alberta Foothills along the path. That is why we believe this additional compression will be heavily subscribed on tomorrows closing date. Since both regions are subject to fair shipper rules for pipeline management, both must be allotted appropriate opportunity to sign any available space. That is it why it is very possible to have Canadian natural gas producers get prompted out of the additional opportunity to serve the lucrative Midwest market. The current abundance of associated gas coming out of North Dakota needs a home and this is an opportune ... » read more
Friday May 25, 2018   
    The real topic of this newsletter is the recent PJM capacity auction results which were just published this week. We'll get to that in a minute. These PJM capacity results came across my radar at a time when a few other things are going on in the market and the policy arena. Capacity markets have been on my mind. Two weeks ago the CPUC published its Green Book outlining some of the challenges that lie ahead in the rapidly evolving California electricity markets. The CPUC is worried about supply shortages (we wrote about that report two weeks ago). Last week I attended the "2nd Annual Northwest Power Markets" conference where a lot of topics were covered, including the need for better WECC capacity markets. Then this week we have seen spot prices in ERCOT shooting ... » read more
Thursday May 24, 2018   
When taking the size of the market into account, SPP currently holds the largest proportion of wind in the United States. As the region's renewable portfolio grew, the grid's transmission grid could not keep up as bottlenecks (congestion) started to show up and/or there was just too much supply on the grid that curtailments were inevitable.  We discussed such events in one of our Newsletters a couple of weeks ago titled 'SPP Weekend Update'.   Once curtailments were a common thing within SPP, the ISO began publishing curtailment data in October 2017.  This data told us a lot about the grids make-up at the time as we initially saw a significant portion of wind generation being curtailed. The market just couldn’t handle the amount of wind resulting in up to 2 GW of ... » read more
Wednesday May 23, 2018   
Competitive Power Ventures' (CPV) Towntic power plant has entered the ISONE Day-Ahead market for the first time this week.  The 785 MW gas fired combined cycle plant located in Oxford Connecticut was slated to come online 6/1 but appears to have entered the DA at near full capacity for Monday,Tuesday and Wednesday this week (it should be noted that we have discussed this topic extensively in our Northeast Power Package that covers the ISONE, NYISO and PJM markets).  We discussed what Competitive Power Ventures has in store in the coming months in the the Newsletter Blog titled 'The New Kids on the Block'. Figure 1 | CPV Towantic Energy Center  ISONE has updated their interconnect queue and moved the operational start date to the 21st however the gas noms and power ... » read more
Tuesday May 22, 2018   
Late last week the California Public utilities Commission (CPUC) approved a draft proposal to once again inject natural gas into the beleaguered Aliso Canyon storage facility. As you may remember the cavern suffered a catastrophic failure in October of 2015 which allowed 4.6 BCF of inventory to escape into the atmosphere. The surrounding communities were evacuated as a result and more than 6,000 families had to find temporary shelter. This latest disaster follows other recent events like the PG&E-San Bruno Explosion and the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station leak which have created a rift of mistrust between state residents and its own investor owned utilities. Consequentially, the State Legislature passed SB 380 which put a moratorium on gas injections at the site until it ... » read more
Monday May 21, 2018   
Purchasing items online is a common occurrence nowadays with the likes of Amazon Prime or any other competing delivery systems.  If you are a person who does not do much of this, you probably still get a couple of things off the internet that will need to be paid for prior to shipping.  There is still the over the phone purchases that have some sort of human communication to make sure the correct items are in your shopping cart prior to check out.  Speaking of checking out, no matter what method you are comfortable with, the payment structure ultimately takes you to the question of what is your CVC or CVV code? Figure 1 | Credit Card CVC/CVV Numbers CVC stands for Credit Verification Code while CVV is the acronym for Credit Verification Value, both are synonymous ... » read more
Friday May 18, 2018   
REsurety and EnergyGPS recently released a report analyzing the efficacy of the “P99 wind hedge”, which is the most commonly used wind hedge structure, most frequently used in markets such as ERCOT and SPP. The report is free and can be downloaded here: For those readers not familiar with the standard transaction structures in the wind industry, there are two reasonably standard structures: As-Generated (or unit contingent) sale at the project node or a market hub. The project generates and delivers the energy as it is produced to the buyer. This structure is most common for utility off-takes and corporate ... » read more
Thursday May 17, 2018   
AESO just can’t seem to catch a break as the grid was short on supply entering this week causing the LMP to jump to the price cap of $1000 for several peak hours on Monday and Tuesday. As we had mentioned in our newsletter last week, the amount of generation AESO is able to keep on the grid is key to avoiding these price spikes, but AESO is still trudging through maintenance season. With several large facilities offline at the beginning of the week, we can see that this event was no exception. Figure 1 | AESO Hourly LMP May 14-15 Three major coal units were offline as we entered the week reducing coal capacity by 1.2 GWa. Sundance #4 was previously offline for maintenance, but Keephills #1 and Sundance #6 both went off at the beginning of the week which moved coal outages up ... » read more
Wednesday May 16, 2018   
The CPV Valley Energy Center is a newly built 670 MW natural gas fired generating station in Orange County, NY.  The plant was scheduled to come online this summer and the construction of the facility itself seemed to be humming along without much delay.  There was however considerable debate and delays regarding the 7.8 mile natural gas pipeline lateral that will run from the Millennium mainline to the plant.  Figure 1| Valley Lateral Pipeline Map There were various environmental issues that needed to be resolved in order to complete the pipeline which appeared to delay the pipe construction long enough to potentially miss the expected 6/1/2018 startup date.  However, multiple articles have been released that quote CPV, confirming the June start up, indicating ... » read more
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