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Amanda Townsley, Senior Advisor & Bob Simmons, Product Manager, NGLs
May 20, 2015
Despite expectations of inventory builds during seasonal turnarounds, the ethane market has continued to roll up in the second quarter, with May-June 2015 spreads remaining backward. Prompt calendar spreads for Mont Belvieu ethane (graphed below) have been backward for most of the year. Backwardation in the...
Pedro Mulero, Regional Director, Demand & Wind Forecasting
May 20, 2015
Genscape's weather outlook for Summer 2015 is diametrically opposed to what occurred in Summer 2014 across most of the continental U.S. (CONUS). Where there was heat last summer, Genscape expects it to be mild this year, and where there was mildness last year, there will be heat! A Brief...
Diana Chiyangwa, Regional Power Market Director, PJM
May 13, 2015
Over 1.4 GW of capacity is set to retire in the month of May in PJM. These retirements are followed by another round scheduled for June 1, 2015, when over 7.3 GW of capacity is schedule to ramp offline. Should any of the units slated to retire on June 1 come offline in May, there is significant bullish risk...
Joshua Senechal, Meteorologist
May 11, 2015
Over the past few months, El Niño conditions have intensified greatly across the equatorial Pacific Ocean. Although El Niño was slow to form last fall, it is now bordering on moderate intensity, with above normal sea surface temperatures increasing in both magnitude and areal extent near the...
Chris Panton, Senior Analyst, EPSI Platform
May 07, 2015
Intraday power trading in Europe has continued to grow in the past few years, both in terms of outright volumes and as a share of overall traded volumes compared to futures markets. More and more counterparties are opening intraday desks and expanding their short-term trading activities. This trend is...
May 01, 2015
On Thursday, April 30, 2015, Genscape Vesseltracker, the owner of the largest AIS Satellite constellation and privately owned antenna network, confirmed that the Maersk Tigris has remained anchored 15 miles off Bandar Abbas since Tuesday, April 28. The cargo ship, flagged to the Marshall...
April 30, 2015
In a blog on April 9, 2015, Genscape identified a potential drop in the Doel Nuclear Plant in Belgium. Genscape monitors transmission lines surrounding a power plant in order to understand the generation output of the plant. A large drop in flow on one of the lines was the source of this conclusion. The...
April 28, 2015
On Tuesday, April 28, 2015, oil prices traded marginally higher after senior U.S. defense officials announced that a force of Iranian Revolutionary guards seized a cargo ship, flagged to the Marshall Islands, in international waters off the coast of Iran and that they may be taking...
Suzanne Evans, Senior Product Manager, NGLs
April 28, 2015
The recent boom in U.S. NGLs production had raised concerns around spare fractionation capacity at the Mont Belvieu, TX hub, but the recent drop in energy prices and slowdown in NGLs production growth has allayed these concerns. However, when NGLs production does resume, will there be enough...
Leonard Langlois, Meteorologist & Electricity Demand Forecaster
April 24, 2015
It is essential to have a grasp of the fundamentals underlying demand and weather forecasts in order to achieve an accurate preditction of power market prices. This blog will focus on daily demand cycles, or the drivers of intraday volatility, which can be successfully explained through the ...

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