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Monday Sep 11, 2017   
As the weekend approached last Friday all our thoughts and prayers were will the state of Florida as the second Category 4 or higher hurricane was barreling down on Cuba and headed for the southern tip of Florida.  Most of the storm trackers has the eye of the storm pointed to Miami or the eastern side of the state.  After a little westward adjustment on Saturday ... » read more
Friday Sep 8, 2017   
The “spread trade” is the life blood of energy markets. It is simple in concept – you purchase one instrument and sell another one against it – betting that the value of the two instruments will come together (sell the spread) or increase (buy the spread). In most cases, a spread trade is lower risk than buying or selling something outright because it ... » read more
Thursday Sep 7, 2017   
If you live in the Pacific Northwest, you are well aware of the Eagle Creek fire that caught ablaze this past Saturday and by Tuesday not only spread ashes all over Portland but with the east winds picking up allowed the fire to jump the Columbia River and start burning on the Washington side as well.  Prior to the fire, the entire West was heating up as Portland saw ... » read more
Wednesday Sep 6, 2017   
Conditions have snapped back to normal in California this week after the CAISO saw record breaking demand last Friday.  Cooler temperatures across the West coast has chopped nearly 9 GWs off the evening peak load forecasts for Wednesday compared to last Friday.  Figure 1 | DA CAISO Cleared Demand – 9/6 vs 9/1 ... » read more
Tuesday Sep 5, 2017   
This is the third and final installment in a series about the Northwest aluminum industry. In the first segment we described the link between aluminum markets and electricity pricing. In the second segment we described the rise and then precipitous fall of the Northwest aluminum industry. Today we describe the struggles of the small number of smelters who attempted to ... » read more
Friday Sep 1, 2017   
This is the second segment in a three-part series which describes the history of the aluminum industry. In yesterday's newsletter we provided the basic foundation that links aluminum smelting to the electricity industry. In today's segment we describe the evolution of the Northwest aluminum industry from its start in the 1940's through the Western electricity crisis of ... » read more
Thursday Aug 31, 2017   
in late April, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross initiated two investigations to determine the effects of imported steel and aluminum on national security pursuant to section 232(b)(1)(A) of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. The Commerce Department invited any party interested in the steel investigation to submit written comments by May 31, 2017; comments related to the aluminum ... » read more
Wednesday Aug 30, 2017   
Hurricane Harvey continues to ravage Texas resulting in catastrophic flooding in Houston and the surrounding area.  As of noon on the 27th Harvey had already reportedly dropped 9 trillion gallons of water across South Texas and remarkably seems to have more steam left.  Harvey is expected to continue to rage through the week and move inland as the storm center ... » read more
Tuesday Aug 29, 2017   
We have discussed the below normal temperatures that continue to hover over the portion of the Lower 48 east of the Mississippi River.  Remnants of Hurricane Harvey continue to wreak havoc on the South Central region, including Houston where massive flooding continues to threaten the livelihood of local residents, puts strain on all the first response units that are out ... » read more
Monday Aug 28, 2017   
It all started out as a tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico, but late last week it quickly turned into one of the most powerful Category 4 hurricanes to hit the coastal cities of Texas and parts of Louisiana in 10 years.  Cities such as Corpus Christi and Rockport, TX had forced evacuations, at they expected winds to exceed 115 mph and plenty of water come Friday ... » read more
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