Columnists: Cheryl Kafaten

Gas Plant Upgrades May Push Prices Down

Efforts by owners of natural gas-fired power plants in New England to improve the heat rates of their facilities are likely to increase the capacity of those plants – and in doing so, inevitably will push down the region’s wholesale power costs, the New England Power Generators Association President Dan Dolan opined on July 16.   …Continue Reading

Buffett Snags Lowest-Ever US Rate for NV Energy

Warren Buffett’s Las Vegas-based utility, NV Energy, has lined up what may be the cheapest electricity in the United States – and it’s from a solar farm. Berkshire Hathaway’s NV Energy agreed to pay 3.87 cents/kWh for power from the 100-MW Playa Solar 2 project that Tempe, Arizona-based First Solar is developing, according to a   …Continue Reading

PJM Delays Capacity Performance Plan Vote

Pursuant to a conference call on June 25, PJM Interconnection’s Markets and Reliability Committee (MRC) opted to delay an endorsement vote on proposed revisions to Manual 18 related to the Capacity Performance Plan. Ray Dotter, manager-strategic communications at the Reading, Penn-based RTO, told Retail Energy Buyer, “There will be further discussion of changes to the   …Continue Reading