Utilities made a few appearances in this week's Barron's. Page M2 had a chart with EIX's stock price and mentioned the impact that the latest California wildfires have had on the stock, which was down almost $9/share last week. There is a Los Angeles Time article (see here) that has some good ba
This morning I just found a detailed report by the Union of Concerned Scientists about coal power plants in the U.S. (The article can be found here) There is lots of good data about different power plants around the country including which ones the UCS considers uneconomic. Also some good maps
The Commodities Corner article in this past week's Barron's (see here) discussed the increase in coal usage for electricity generation. As mentioned in our latest Utility Stats Monthly, the Barron's article brought up the EIA's expectations that coal will be the biggest source of electricity gener
The latest issue of Power Magazine contained an article titled, "World's Most-Efficient Combined Cycle Plant: EDF Bouchain." This plant is located in France and entered service in 2016. Guinness World Records has recognized the plant as the most efficient combined cycle power plant in the world,
A recent article in The Economist (see here) discussed the idea of building floating nuclear power plants. (Maybe even submarines.) The idea of having mobile power plants is not new, and obviously have been nuclear powered military ships for years. This is certainly a way to deal with many of
I discovered a new visualization on Tableau Public recently. It shows historic electricity generation by fuel type for all fifty states from 1990 to 2014. (The website says energy production, but after doing some digging I confirmed it is actually electricity production.) Below is a screenshot
The big eclipse has come an gone, and the US power grid seemed to pass the test with flying colors. Lots of preparation by utilities took place before the event (see my earlier blogpost here.), and it seems to have paid off. All reports say there were no problems, though the weather was very coo
Last week Calpine announced they reached a deal with Energy Capital Partners to sell the company for $15.25/share. For reference, here is a Tableau viz mapping out all of the power plants in Calpine's fleet. The viz can also be viewed directly in Tableau here.
Power Magazine just reported that Talen, the operator of the Colstrip coal plant in Montana has decided to continue operating the plant. (see here) In 2016 management said they wanted to leave the plant by 2016 because they were going to lose millions of dollars. Now Talen has decided to stay.
A new data set was added to the Utility Stats Monthly this month. This new set provides historic load and energy usage for six different regional transmission operators. The table below shows how demand and energy in July compared to last year. (Source SNL) As you can see, electricity us