Mid-Week Update

Good morning,


NOAA Forecast Images

Watch for a return of unseasonably hot weather in Mid-C this week and much of the following week.  California will pace above normal this week, as will much of the Southwest, but things could trend closer to the average in days 8-14, especially east of the Rockies.

Precipitation Forecast

California is dry, as expected, while Mid-C and Montana are looking slightly drier than normal (which is still fairly dry).

LMP Spreads

Day ahead prices have stayed below $200 in SP since the 10th, and under $150 for the past two days.  SP-PV spreads differed by $5 yesterday, a far cry from the $15+ we saw last week.  SP-NP on the other hand showed spreads of $25 yesterday.


Crude varied by as much as $1.40 yesterday from high to low but settled in the low $66 range.  Gas came within two cents of the $3 mark but ended up closer to $2.96.

West Term Gas Prices

September and October remain all over the board as both Socal Citygate and Border varied by more than 20% within the past ten days, though both finished decidedly elevated week-on-week.  PG&E had a comparatively smaller increase, though it showed more movement than the other hubs.

Spot Gas

After notching a $20+ price last week, Citygate is back in the sub-$10 range with $8.78.  Socal Border fell to $4.09 after marking $5.82 just two days ago.  AECO has remained above $1 for each of the past five days after settling at $1.40 yesterday.

Citygate is back at its same position we saw two weeks ago after a momentary blip above $20.

Gas Storage

Southern California storage fell below 0 from the 7th through the 9th but remained in positive territory since.  In fact, the 12th checked in with 665,359 MCF in additional storage, the largest single-day addition in over a year.

Northern California directed storage in the opposite direction as the 9th checked in at 1,127,000 MCF, the second-lowest withdrawal since February.

Mid-C Demand

Seattle isn’t topping out in the 90s like it was last week, but it will still reach 80+ today before briefly dipping below normal to close out the work-week. Portland will be six degrees warmer as the city peaks its head above 90 before falling to the low-80’s thereafter.  Next week is forecasting much warmer, and consistently so.

NP 15 Demand

Demand decreased day-on-day yesterday, falling below Monday’s moderate peak of 16,809, and well below last week’s highs of 17,000+ MW.

San Jose fell below normal yesterday with a high in just the mid-70s, but the rest of the week is pacing progressively warmer as the forecast eventually culminates with a high of 88 on the 22nd.  Sacramento is showing a return of triple digits by mid next week as well.

SP-15 Demand

SP demand topped out just shy of Monday’s 23,553 MW yesterday but was more than 4,000 MW short in the week-on-week demand comparison.

Burbank should expect perfectly normal highs for the next two days before a modest heat wave as we move into the weekend (temps around five degrees above average).

PV Demand

Phoenix could fall five degrees short of average for each of the next three days if the forecast holds true, although that still equates to triple digit highs.  The 21st looks like the best bet for the next above average daily high in Phoenix.  Las Vegas is projecting a high of just 99 for Friday, the first sub-100 day in a while.

Nuke Status

All nukes remain at 100% this week.

Gas Plant Noms

Mid-C gas noms shot to their highest level in more than a year with 725,396 MCF recorded yesterday.


After topping out at just 5,600 MW on the 9th, SP-15 solar saw modest increases thus far this week with peaks just above 6,600 MW.  Mid-C wind had a massive day on the 11th but failed to carry any of that generation over into this week as the chart tops out at just 342 MW since.

ISO Gas Outages

ISO gas outages fell 425 MW yesterday in the ISO, their second-lowest level in a week.



PNW Reservoirs

Grand Coulee is down a foot since the 8th, currently sitting at 1,282.6′.  Libby saw its slope sharpen a bit over the past week and sits at 2,446.9, a decrease of a foot since the beginning of the month.




The COI line cancelled the scheduled TTC reduction on the 23rd as TTC was set back to 4,800 MW instead of the 4,500 MW that was previously shown.

NOB has a sharp reduction in TTC scheduled for the 25th at 0600 to the 26th at 2100.  The line will see a drop from 3,100 MW to 1,627 MW.



Have a wonderful day,