What’s Keeping the Lights On?

Now with weekly price graphs!

Welcome to Grid Brief! Today we’re looking at power generation in America’s market areas with relevant news items and weekly price graphs.

What’s Keeping the Lights On?

Let’s take a look at generation nation-wide:

Natural gas, nuclear, and coal were the top three generators, though wind crept into third place more than once.

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

Note: We’ve also added weekly power price info from gridstatus.io. Let us know if you find it informative!


California had a typical week: natural gas out ahead of the pack, except when solar came online, while hydro, wind, and nuclear duked it out for second and third place after sundown.

But, as we covered yesterday, looks can be deceiving. California saw prices as high as $1400/MWh on Monday. Prices spiked again on Tuesday.

Other news from California: to handle the state’s $37.9 billion budget shortfall, Gov. Gavin Newsom is increasing cuts to climate spending. Last year, the state sliced 3% off of its climate policy expenditures; this year it’s lopping off 7%. “Funding of $600 million for the state’s electric vehicle rebate program, Clean Cars 4 All and EV charging stations would be delayed by three years,” reports Utility Dive. “The proposal also cuts $283 million from building decarbonization programs.”

New York-ISO

Natural gas, hydro, and nuclear kept the Empire State humming.

Here’s a look at prices in New York over the last week, which also saw some price spikes:

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