What’s Keeping the Lights On?

Welcome to Grid Brief! Today we’re looking at power generation in America’s electricity markets. Note: this will be the last Grid Brief for the week in observation of the Thanksgiving holiday. 🇺🇸 

What’s Keeping the Lights On?

Here’s a look at nation-wide generation.

As ever, natural gas, nuclear, and coal were the star players. Wind’s presence grew as the week rolled on.

And here’s a map to orient you as we move through the market regions.

ISO New England

Natural gas, nuclear, and hydro kept New England humming.

New York ISO

Like its yankee brethren in ISO-NE, natural gas, nuclear, and hydro were the star players in New York. Wind peaked above hydro once on the 17th.

Ørsted and Eversource installed the first of twelve offshore wind turbines for the state’s South Fork Wind Project on Tuesday. The state also decided to keep the Gowanus 2 & 3 and Narrows 1 & 2 barge-mounted generators running as peaker plants for the next two years to serve as a “temporary solution” to New York City’s reliability needs. New York City became more reliant on natural gas after it forced the Indian Point nuclear power plant to close under pressure from environmentalists.


Natural gas, nuclear, and coal were the big generators in America’s biggest power market.


Coal and natural gas traded places as the top two generators in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator’s footprint. But wind roared over them several times as part of its erratic and productive week.


Natural gas and wind traded places—with wind as a volatile force in the Lone Star State. Solar peaked above coal, nuclear, and wind at certain junctures.

ERCOT has had a bumpy entry into winter. Last week, one of its market watchdogs stepped down over governance issues. This week, it scrapped a 3 GW winter capacity procurement when no generators showed up to offer additional operating services.


Not a lot to look at in SPP. Wind, natural gas, and coal were the main generators.


Natural gas was the top generator in California with solar usurping its spot several times. Hydro served as a reliable third place until wind overtook it towards the end of the week.

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