Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Western US Hydro Power Generation Remains Above 2015, Offsets Natural Gas Demand

Continued strong precipitation in California and the Pacific Northwest is driving higher electricity output in the BPA and CAISO systems.

Bonneville Power is reporting average hydro output near 10 GW over the last week, that's about 2.5 GW more than the same period last year, which translates to more than 0.5 BCFE of gas equivalent per day.

In California, CAISO hydro output has averaged 2.23 GW this month so far, about 1 GW above last year's 1.25 average for December: