Wednesday, April 12, 2017

MISO: Gas Market Share of Thermal Generation = Down from 42% Last April to 34% This April

Much higher natural gas prices this year have made gas less competitive against coal in the MISO region.  MISO publishes excellent daily fuel mix statistics, unfortunately they also show that total load is down about 7% so far in April.  Most of that generation loss has been offset by declines in wind and nuclear output, but on average the wind will blow again, and nuclear power will return from maintenance.

Here's total output vs last year, for the last six months.  Load has been below the prior year in all but one month (December 2016).