ISO-NE Oil for Reliability

Last Sunday a quarter of ISO-NE was powered by Oil. Generators had to come online or switch as baseload was having trouble keeping up with the cold weather. While natural gas can be the most reliable and environmentally friendly alternative for times like these, there is simply not enough available. This phenomenon has been going….

ISO-NE Grid Reliability Risks

A grid is only as strong as its weakest generation resource, or regulatory bodies – it can all go wrong in seconds and there’s nothing you can do. ISO-NE electricity generation is highly dependent on natural gas as fuel, and during the Winter season the priority access to natural gas is given to heating homes….

Eversource NEMA/SEMA Winter Rates Announced

Eversource filed its Winter rates with the DPU; prices reflecting current constraints in natural gas supplies in the Northeast. Most notably for Large C&I customers under a variable rate these will be paying close to $0.30/kWh in both January and February, and those under a fixed rate will be paying $0.2754/kWh and $0.2532/kWh for NEMA….

Nuclear Energy – Clean Energy

In the public eye nuclear power is politicized as being “dirty, dangerous, insecure, outdated, harmful,” among many other things. The reality is the complete opposite. Jacopo Buongiorno, an MIT nuclear engineer has calculated that the life cycle of a nuclear power plant including construction, mining, transport, operation, and decommissioning creates just 1/700th of coal, 1/400th….

Utilities Look to Mini Nuclear Reactors

As the climate crisis accelerates, utilities in the U.S are looking to acquire miniature nuclear reactors called SMRs (Small Modular Reactors) to secure a reliable energy source and lower emissions associated to climate change. Over the past decade companies have stopped building nuclear due to rising costs of maintenance and delays. Some utilities interested in….

Winter 2021 Henry Hub Prices Rising

Today the Henry Hub Natural gas futures increased around 1.7% to $3.94/mbtu due to increased demand in regional and global gas markets, also led by higher temperatures in Western, Midwestern, and Southern U.S. Expected temperatures from the 90 – 100F this coming week are expected to result in a strong demand for natural gas. Additional….

Early Winter 2021 – 2022 and Natural Gas Forecasts

The most recent forecasts for the 2021 Winter Season point to above average amounts of late-season snowfalls and below average temperatures. As natural gas prices climb to their highest since 2018, it will be very important to see how these conditions turn out. Given existing constraints in the natural gas market at this time a….

MA Cranberry Farmers Go Solar

Cranberry farmers in Massachusetts are pushing solar developments by mounting solar panels over cranberry bogs to increase sustainability and revenues. The first of these in Massachusetts are expected to be completed in the remaining year in the town of Carver. It is a $53M project with 9MW of solar capacity being developed by Pine Gate….