What’s Keeping the Lights On?

Welcome to Grid Brief! Today we’re looking at power generation and power prices in America’s power markets, with news items where relevant.

What’s Keeping the Lights On?

Let’s start with a snapshot of generation nation-wide:

Total generation lulled over the week before picking up again toward the end. Natural gas and nuclear maintained their positions in the number one and two spots while coal, wind, and solar grappled for third.

And here’s a map to orient you as we move through the market areas:


Total generation ebbed in New England, cutting gas generation as it slumped. Real time prices dropped below zero when natural gas ceded first place to nuclear.


America’s largest power market follows the national total generation trend—real time prices corresponded with increases in gas burn, culminating in a price spike.

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