ECM TALKS ENERGY

Our latest in thought leadership to help you effectively decipher the market news and sector information that impacts your energy procurement and energy management efforts.

 
 
 
 
December 2, 2015

Weather Projections: Winter 2015-2016

If it is possible for multiple weather services to agree on the weather forecast than the winter of 2016 may be the first. WSI, NOAA and even the Farmer’s Almanac agree that there is a strong El Nino in effect and it appears that this El Nino will be around for most of the winter…. Read more >

 
November 19, 2015

3rd Quarter 2015 Pricing Summary

Day Ahead Market Pricing in the North-East markets has touched new lows as the supply of natural gas continues to grow.  Forward Pricing is also trading at historic lows with the 2016 calendar year pricing trading below 2010/2011 actual DAM pricing.  The EIA and various market analysts predict that pricing will remain low with periodic… Read more >

 
October 6, 2015

Domestic Renewable Portfolio Standards and Renewable Energy Credits: The Evolution Is On

Over the past decade, U.S. political conversations have increasingly turned to discussions about energy sustainability programs and environmentally-friendly energy generation projects. In turn, 30 states have developed individual Renewable Portfolio Standards in their efforts to reach specific renewable energy generation metrics over specific periods of time. These state standards typically require end-use electricity suppliers to… Read more >

 
May 6, 2015

Federal Versus State Jurisdiction: the Argument Over FERC Order 745

A year ago, we wrote to you about the decision from the Washington, DC US Court of Appeals to vacate the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Order 745 regarding Demand Response Services. The order, in effect since 2011, defines market rules on how compensation should be paid to demand response assets, basically placing them on… Read more >

 
May 31, 2014

The Cost of Reliability

Under normal circumstances, the primary task of Regional Transmission Operators and Independent System Operators (RTOs/ISOs) is economic dispatch. This means meeting load needs at the lowest possible operating cost while maintaining system reliability. But under extreme conditions, RTOs/ISOs must switch to a different set of operating procedures focused purely on keeping the system safe and up… Read more >