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Lauren Seliga, Product Manager, Real-Time Information
April 17, 2015
As of April 17, 2015, FirstEnergy will be shutting three of its largest coal-fired plants in Ohio: Lake Shore, East Lake, and Ashtabula. Combined, these plants represent 0.9 GW of coal-fired generation and signal the start of coal-fired plant closures across the Midwest. These closures are expected in part...
Kathryn Briskie, Product Specialist
April 09, 2015
Belgium is facing a continuous power supply shortage due to persistent technical issues at the county’s two nuclear power plants: Tihange and Doel. A relatively mild winter season in continental Europe has spared the Belgian power market from sharp price spikes and much-feared blackouts. However,...
Steffen Mueller, Senior Director, Product Development, Ag & Biofuels
April 08, 2015
When Genscape began to interview members of the fertilizer industry to measure interest in a facility-level monitoring product, we were assured by many that "everyone knows when a plant is down because they have to report it." In reviewing our historical data, however, evidence of shutdowns not...
Christopher Jylkka, Director, West Desk, Power Market Intelligence
April 07, 2015
California is well into its fourth year of a severe and prolonged drought, and Governor Brown just issued the state’s first mandatory water cutback. The State Department of Water Resources electronic readings of the Sierra Nevada snowpack show the lowest records since 1950. The water from snowpack...
April 03, 2015
Understanding the evolving and complex dynamics between production, storage, and demand for natural gas in the U.S. is key when it comes to assessing risk and making informed hedging decisions. On March 25, Genscape’s natural gas market experts hosted a webinar to discuss these major market drivers...
Joshua Senechal, Meteorologist
March 31, 2015
While the Polar Vortex did not make a return this past winter, bouts of extreme cold plagued central and eastern portions of the United States for a second consecutive winter. These blasts of Arctic cold were absent during the month of December, where above normal temperatures were widespread. However,...
Christopher Jylkka, Director, West Desk, Power Market Intelligence
March 31, 2015
Most market participants are aware of the California drought problem, but the reality is that adjacent states are also suffering the same fate. A couple weeks ago, Oregon Governor, Kate Brown declared a drought emergency across a couple of counties with more expected to follow. Oregon is second to...
Kathryn Briskie, Product Specialist
March 27, 2015
On Friday morning, March 27 2015, Dutch TSO Tennet experienced technical issues at 380 kV substation near Diemen power plant which caused power outages in parts of the Northern Netherlands, Amsterdam and Schiphol Airport. According to Tennet, the problem with the grid was detected at 9:37...
Carl Evans and Dylan White, Oil Analysts
March 27, 2015
Last week, Canadian crude storage built by 2.6 mmbbls, with inventories at both Edmonton and Hardisty increasing by more than 1 mmbbls. Inventories at Edmonton reached the highest level measured since Genscape began monitoring the location in 2010. Though the inventories are at a record level, the...
Ross Fessenden, CAISO Power Market Analyst
March 26, 2015
In recent days, solar generation in California has been playing a large role in driving exceptionally weak midday pricing across southern portions of the state. While this behavior is not abnormal during strong solar generation, the magnitude of the recent weak prices has been quite jarring. These...

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