Market Edge Blog

711, 2017

Luminant to Retire Three Coal Plants

November 7th, 2017|News|

Over the past two weeks, Luminant announced the closing of nearly 4,200 MW of coal fired power generation units at 3 different plants in Texas. On October 6th, Luminant made public its plan to close the Monticello plant, then on October 13th it announced it would also be closing the [...]

2905, 2013

Department of Energy Approves LNG Export Project

May 29th, 2013|News|

The DOE on Friday announced its approval of the Freeport LNG application to export liquefied natural gas produced in the U.S.  The approval is the first since 2011 and the first since the DOE completed and released in December its study that concluded that additional LNG exports would provide a [...]

1407, 2012

Illinois Coal to Gas Plants Going in Opposite Directions

July 14th, 2012|News|

Developers of two different coal to gas plants proposed in Illinois have seen their fates take divergent courses in the last month.  Tennaska, who had been pushing for over a year to build a new power plant that would be fueled by gasified coal, saw their legislative initiative to force [...]

2202, 2012

Changes to Dodd-Frank Bill Should Help Energy Suppliers and End Users

February 22nd, 2012|News|

The House Agriculture Committee passed several important changes to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform bill several weeks ago that will provide more clarity to suppliers and end users of energy. The original bill contained provisions that would have brought substantial new regulations on suppliers of energy such as electricity, natural [...]

2111, 2011

Pennsylvania Looking to Modify Competitive Market Rules

November 21st, 2011|News|

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission is in the process of considering various changes to the retail electricity markets to make "improvements to ensure that a properly functioning and workable competitive retail electricity market exists in the state." One major issue that the PUC is examining is the fact that there [...]

211, 2011

Entergy Proposes to Join MISO Control Area

November 2nd, 2011|News|

Entergy, the parent company of several regional electricity utilities in the southeast United States, is proposing to join the Midwest Independent System Operator’s (MISO) control area over the next several years. Entergy’s operating companies own and operate the electricity grid in large parts of Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi, as well [...]

410, 2011

Keystone XL Pipeline Decision Expected Soon

October 4th, 2011|News|

The Obama administration is drawing closer to a decision on a major new crude oil pipeline that would bring significant amounts of crude oil from Canada to gulf coast refineries of the United States. The Keystone XL pipeline would stretch 1,700 miles from the oil sands of Alberta to the [...]

1209, 2011

Update on President Obama’s Announcement Regarding the Clean Air Act

September 12th, 2011|News|

President Obama announced on September 2nd that he was directing the EPA to withdraw new restrictions on the emission of ozone by manufacturers, oil and natural gas companies, and a host of other commercial entities. He did leave open the possibility of implementing the new restrictions in 2013, but it's [...]

2908, 2011

Capacity Rates Set to Fall in PJM

August 29th, 2011|News|

Capacity rates in the PJM market are going to be falling for customers over the next few years. Capacity costs are an important cost component for retail customers in the PJM market area. Rates are set on an annual basis through auctions that generators participate in and apply to all [...]

1708, 2011

California Considers Increasing Direct Access Cap

August 17th, 2011|News|

The state of California is again considering increasing the number of customers that can purchase electricity from competitive suppliers following an increase passed by the legislature in 2009 that was implemented over the last few years. Since California restructured their retail electricity market in 2001-2002 to restrict competition, only a [...]