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Since the first of 2012, power prices available have moved sideways to lower, providing procurement values that are the proverbial “no brainers”. To many loads (end-users), that’s the end of the conversation. The advantages of timing and/or different structures are lost in .

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The management of power procurement continues to evolve. In the early days of deregulation, the forward curves were relatively low priced and gently sloped up as term increased. Beginning in 2005, volatility increased in the winter with a tight supply/demand balance of natural ga.

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The third party space (broker, consultant, or channel partner) manages, advises, and executes procurement for about 50% of total load in deregulated jurisdictions (or thereabouts according to an industry recognized and respected consulting group). IPP (and many of our peers) do a.

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Historically, ERCOT real time pricing, whether it was MCPE (Marginal Clearing Price Energy) or LMP (Locational Marginal Prices), has provided on average the lowest cost of procurement. There will be the occasional price spike for any number of reasons with a gut-wrenching, shocki.

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Resource reliability, “energy only” model, “capacity auction” model: Is there a change coming for Texas? The discussion is in the news. There are smart people on both sides of the discussion. What’s the answer and when will it be decided? No one knows, but we believe th.

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Last Friday, October 25th, comments by Texas Public Utility Commissioners Ms. Nelson and Ms. Marty indicating their preference for a mandatory reserve margin of generation made the news. What that means is unclear. No action was taken and no specific action was suggested. The thi.

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The spring 2013 Gulf Coast Power Association Conference was held in Houston this week. This writer attended a workshop on demand response (as viewed through the eyes of folks in the trenches) and sat in on the Tuesday morning activities which included a keynote address from Pat W.

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Ever since the natural gas price spikes of late 2005 through 2006 (precipitated by the supply disruptions of Katrina and Rita) and continuing through the speculative bubble spike climaxing in 2008, folks on the consultant side of power procurement have enjoyed a fairly easy sell .

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A year ago, ERCOT was an “energy only” jurisdiction and envisioned to continue to be such as it’s the design that Texas deregulation was based on and was providing satisfactory results. In a recent PUC meeting (September 28th) discussion concerning the amount of contemplate.

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News (particularly headlines) focuses on spot natural gas prices rather than the entire forward curve. When this writer was spec trading, nothing was more profitable (or fun) than to get long spot (or short), take an opposite position in a deferred contract, and hold on for the i.

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