Thursday Update

Good Afternoon,

Here are a few highlights of what’s going on in the west today.


EIM Daily


Yesterday’s LMP was generally higher than today until  9:00 AM this morning when prices jumped as high as $80 while alternatively, yesterday’s LMP crashed to $5.


Yesterday rose above $1000 at 5:00 PM, and again at 5:25.  Prices averaged in the mid-20s before that spike, and mid-30s after.

Nat Gas Summary


Most hubs were either unchanged or up a couple pennies.  Cheyenne Hub was the largest mover with an increase of $0.05, while PG&E Citygate saw the only decrease, a drop of $0.01.


SP15 Loads


SP15 loads are down close to 2100 MW week-over-week.  Year-over-year demand has continued to be lower this year, now for the fifth consecutive day.

NP Loads


Week-over-week loads are again almost unchanged in NP15 with a decrease of just 140 MW yesterday.  NP loads have been nearly identical to last year for the past two days.



Burbank Temps


The cooler temperature forecast we’ve been following in Burbank for next week appears to have become a couple degrees cooler.  The lowest high is expected the reach 62 on the 1st, down two degrees from yesterday.  We’re also expecting the cooler temps to linger a day longer than previously forecasted, as the 2nd is now expected to be 7 degrees cooler than forecasted yesterday.

Sacramento Weather


Halloween should be a bit cooler in Sacramento as well.  The updated forecast expects temps to hit their minimum on the 2nd, a full six degrees cooler than forecasted yesterday.


NW River Forecast



Not much change intraday for the 10 Day River Forecast, but it remains largely above the STP forecast aside from the 28th and 29th.  We are seeing the largest jumps over the STP on the 30th and 31st.

Gas Reports

Nodal Power Summary (by Plant)


Two plants came back on line though both combined for just around 12,000 MCF.  While not completely dropping to 0, Goldendale Generating Station decreased its MCF close to 42,000 MCF.  This largely contributed to the overall day-over-day Mid-C MCF drop of 54,000 MCF (12.6%).


Major Unit Outages


Just two outages to report on today.  120 MW came offline in NP15 (Gas), and 155 MW of wind in SP15.


Mid-C Renewable Generation


We are still forecasting over 4000 MW of wind on the 30th as well as an uptick in generation on the 29th (3776 MW).

SP15 Renewable Generation


SP15 should be in a bit of a solar lull until this weekend.  The erratic solar generation should continue through next week.  Currently forecasting over 6000 MW on the 3rd.


Transmission – MC-NP


TTC dropped back to 2850 MW following its brief journey to 3700 MW.  Flows quickly followed suit moving from a high of 3234 at 12:00 PM on the 24th to 2233 at 6:00 PM.

Transmission – MidC to BC


Flows continue to move into BC, now approaching its third consecutive day.  Peaks are reaching into the upper 400 MW levels for the past two days.

Have a great rest of your week!