The California Energy Commission earlier this month unanimously adopted a new set of more stringent building standards for homes and commercial buildings, promising to shave the state’s peak demand by up to the equivalent of 150 to 180 MW after their first full year in use at the end of 2006. The new standards are to be effective October 2005.
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Pacific Gas & Electric set a stringent imbalance tolerance of zero in declaring a systemwide Stage 2 high-inventory OFO for Wednesday. Penalties are $1/Dth. The utility’s “System Inventory Status” section of its Pipe Ranger bulletin board projected Tuesday that linepack would be above maximum target levels from Wednesday through Sept. 19.
In a study expected to fuel the debate over federal plans to revamp stringent air pollution regulations, a report released Thursday found that fewer than 20 of the 100 largest U.S. public and private electric companies account for nearly 50% of the emissions from carbon dioxide (CO2), mercury (Hg), oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and sulfur dioxide (SO2). The report, which used publicly available company data provided in 2000 to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy, noted that four to six companies alone accounted for 25% of emissions of each pollutant.
Florida Gas Transmission issued an Overage Alert Day notice for its market area Friday with a relatively stringent 5% tolerance for negative daily imbalances. The pipeline said its “capacity is being fully utilized, warmer weather is being experienced in the market area, and FGT’s overall linepack is lower.”
Despite turning downward again Friday, the screen’s uptick of nearly 15 cents the day before had a residual supportive effect for Friday’s cash prices in eastern and Permian/Waha markets. They ranged from flat at a couple of Northeast points to 15 cents or so higher (Gulf South was a rare softer point in Louisiana), with most gains between a nickel and a dime. Most western points declined by various amounts ranging from small to huge.
Pacific Gas & Electric issued a systemwide high-inventoryOFO for today. While the tolerance for positive daily imbalances isfairly stringent at 3%, the non-compliance penalty is light at 25cents/Dth. As of Thursday PG&E was projecting above-targetlinepack through Sunday.