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Friday Jun 30, 2017   
Happy 4th of July weekend! Hopefully people get an opportunity to get a little break and enjoy some time with family and friends. In the spirit of the upcoming long weekend of leisure, we bring to you an update on a leisure activity that I’m passionate about. Once a year I get together with ... » read more
Thursday Jun 29, 2017   
At the beginning of the month, we stated that the wind generation in ERCOT's foot print was quite high compared to last year when you look at it from a capacity factor level.  We understand that the overall growth in wind capacity on the grid is there, but when the capacity factor increases as well there is a change to the market that is being cause by more efficient ... » read more
Wednesday Jun 28, 2017   
We have seen some serious volatility on the CAISO market over the last two weeks as above normal temperatures in California drove up internal load and searing daytime highs in Phoenix limited imports.  Add to that a few unexpected nuclear outages/returns and there was quite the shake-up in California for the last half of June.  One thing that didn't show ... » read more
Tuesday Jun 27, 2017   
Last week we had triple digit temperatures stretch across most of  California and the Desert Southwest. There were several temperature readings of 130 degrees in the Mohave and Arizona Desert. Arizona Public Service set new demand records and CAISO declared several system alerts. As a result of the record power demand, almost all of the natural gas generating units were ... » read more
Monday Jun 26, 2017   
With temperatures still north of 90 degrees on Saturday night and the sun setting to the West, it was that time of year when the 'Keep Portland Weird Slogan' checks another box.  It was the annual Naked Bike Ride through the streets of Portland where thousands of people parade on their bikes naked.   Figure 1 | ... » read more
Friday Jun 23, 2017   
The Trump administration has floated a number of novel proposals since taking office. When the administration published its budget in May there was an interesting revenue source in it – they planned to sell the transmission assets of the three federal power marketing administrations (PMAs): the Southwestern Power Administration, the Western Area Power Administration ... » read more
Thursday Jun 22, 2017   
If you are old enough to remember the late 80's, one of the top hits was Soul II Soul's 'Back to Life' which starts out with the same three lines 'Back to Life, Back to Reality'. After the first chorus ends the song's next line goes like this, 'Back to Life, Back to the Present Time, Back from a Fantasy'.  This song has been stuck in my head for the past 24 hours ... » read more
Wednesday Jun 21, 2017   
Things are hot all across the Western US today as the temperatures break above 110 degrees for inland California and push into the mid-90s around the Burbank area. The Palo Verde 3 nuclear facility tripped offline yesterday which is the worst possible timing considering the 120 degree temperatures in the Phoenix area. The impact of the heat wave was made apparent in ... » read more
Tuesday Jun 20, 2017   
As many have pointed out over the past four months the natural gas rig count across the country continues to move significantly higher. From last year to this year, the number of rigs across the Lower 48 have climbed from 85 to 186 as per this past week's Baker Hughes Rig Report. Breaking down the regions in the report, there are three areas most affected by the climb ... » read more
Monday Jun 19, 2017   
After some heat showing up in the Midwest and East over a week ago, it is time for the West to get into some of the action as Phoenix is expected to hit 120 degrees by Tuesday while California is looking at Sacramento inching towards triple digits while Burbank is in the high 90's.   Figure 1 | Sacramento Actual/Forecast ... » read more
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