Archive for March, 2014

Update on Gas in Storage

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Natural gas in storage in the US continued its decline in the most recent update from the US Energy Information Agency. (Why doesn’t Canada publish this type of data?) The ongoing cold winter reduced the gas in storage to 896 Bcf. This compares with the 5 year average of 1822 Bcf, a reduction of 51%. Gas in storage dropped in the week ended Mar 21 by 57 Bcf. Last year in the same week gas in storage was pretty much the same as the week before.

Wind Power and Water

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Saturday was World Water day, a day to bring greater awareness to water issues. Water of course is vital to life itself. Clean water is also vital to agriculture – both animal husbandry, and irrigation in some places. A polluted or depleted aquifer in a dry area is a sure way to end farming in that area, causing depopulation and poverty. Water is increasingly important, especially as climate change will influence rainfall in the long term. Energy production is often water intensive. In fact, energy production uses more water than agriculture in the US. Wind and solar power, by contrast, use no water.

Russia, Gas, and Electricity

Monday, March 17th, 2014

US Republicans have been asking President Obama to fast track liquified natural gas (LNG) export terminals to allow North American gas to flow to Europe on an accelerated basis. The thinking is that this will relieve some of the strain on Europe in the event of disruption of Russian gas due to the Ukrainian crisis. (more…)

Update on Gas Supplies

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Gas in storage continues to decline at an alarming rate. Natural gas in storage has dropped to 1,000 billion cubic feet. This is 49% below the same time last year, and 46% below the 5 year average. Gas in storage dropped by 195 Bcf last week. Last year in the same week, the gas in storage barely dropped.

Ontario Power Generation’s Efficiency

Monday, March 10th, 2014

People in the utility often talk about the efficiency of power production. But one measure of efficiency is output per worker. OPG has just released some facts about the company for 2013.

Something Strange in Ontario Electricity Markets

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

The last few days have seen very unusual things happen in electricity markets. Prices have soared, we have been importing large amounts of electricity, and we have left our natural gas plants idle. Prices today have been as high as 24 cents/kWh – more than enough to power up a natural gas plant, by a factor of probably 3. What is going on? (more…)