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Feb 13 2019

M.I.T. Engineer Harnesses the Power of Sustainable Energy

With a love for the environment, and a desire to revolutionize the energy industry, Jesse Hinricher, an MIT senior majoring in chemical engineering, has been conducting research focused on specialized batteries that could be plugged into the grid to provide renewable energy on demand. Read more

Feb 13 2019

Not Cool: Global Warming Extends Streak

NOAA reports that 2018 was the 4th warmest year on record as global temperatures were 1.42° F above the 20th century average. The three years that top 2018 have all occurred since 2015. In the US L48 it was the 14th warmest year on record and the 22nd consecutive year with warmer than average temperatures.… Read more

Feb 13 2019

Does Latitude Drive Risk Attitude?

The week-over-week appetite for risk followed a latitudinal pattern. ERCOT and PJM buyers demonstrated a moderate increase in index or flex products this week and their counterparts farther North in NEPOOL and NYISO were more interested in fixed prices. The volume priced was on the high side. Read more

Feb 13 2019

EIA: Natural Gas Prices Key To Future Generation Mix

The U.S. Energy Information Administration said that future electricity generation and capacity is significantly influenced by natural gas prices. The agency projected that with low prices, gas will make up 54 percent of generation through 2050; with higher prices, the share falls to 21 percent. Read more

Feb 13 2019

ISO-NE Capacity Prices Fall, But Controversy Flares Over Wind Participation

Capacity market prices dropped in ISO-New England’s annual auction, which cleared 34.8 GW of capacity at $3.80 per kWh-month. But the owner of an offshore wind facility – which had been denied “renewable technology resource” status – said they would have been lower if it had been allowed to fully participate… Read more

Feb 13 2019

New Gas Pipeline Capacity, Gas-Fired Generation Surged In 2018

Last year saw an increase in new U.S. gas pipeline capacity and gas-fired generation coming into service, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. FERC reported that about 13 billion cubic feet per day of new interstate pipeline capacity went online in 2018, up 35 percent from the previous… Read more

Feb 05 2019

LaFleur To Leave FERC

Cheryl LaFleur announced she will not seek a third term on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and will leave FERC later this year. Read more