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Power Breakfast for August 22, 2016

Nuclear reactors at a fraction of the size; Indian electricity demand growing


POV: Power Breakfast

A nearly daily update of energy-related news:

  • Still under development, small modular reactors (SMRs) are under consideration for use in the power industry. SMRs use nuclear technology that is scaled down and are able to produce approximately 10 percent of the electricity of traditional reactors. The “mini plants” are made of parts that are transportable on trucks and barges. Once at the site, they are assembled in around six to 12 months.
  • In India, NTPC Ltd., the country’s largest power producer saw a 4 percent increase in Q1 profit due to higher energy sales. NTPC’s plants produced 64.56 billion kWh of power, 10 percent more than a year ago. The country’s electricity demand also increased 8.1 percent within the three-month period. The company reported its earnings based on the newly introduced Indian Accounting Standards, which are in line with the International Financial Reporting Standards.
POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for August 15, 2016

Fifth Japanese nuclear reactor to resume operation; ERCOT's record week


POV: Power Breakfast

A nearly daily update of energy-related news:

  • In Japan, the Shikoku Electric Power Company announced that it is planning to restart unit 3 of its Ikata nuclear power plant. This marks the fifth Japanese reactor to resume operation and it will follow the new safety standards implemented following the Fukushima accident in 2011.
  • Throughout the week of August 8, ERCOT reached record levels of all-time peak systemwide demand a total of six times. The current all-time peak record is 71,197 MW set on Thursday, August 11 between 4-5 p.m. While much of Texas saw temperatures in the three digits last week, this week’s forecast should be milder with less power consumption expected; ERCOT expects sufficient generation available.
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Power Breakfast for August 11, 2016

ERCOT breaks this week's peak demand record; Australia rejects Chinese bids to operate electricity assets


POV: Power Breakfast

A nearly daily update of energy-related news:

  • On Wednesday, August 10, ERCOT set a new systemwide demand record of 70,572 MW, surpassing the previous peak demand record set on Monday, August 8 of this week. ERCOT officials continue to monitor the market to ensure that there is sufficient generation available to meet the needs of Texans during the hot summer months.
  • The Australian government has rejected bids from the Chinese government-owned State Grid and Hong Kong’s Cheung Kong Infrastructure to operate Ausgrid, the Australian company that owns most of the electricity distribution assets in Sydney and surrounding areas. Officials are citing national security concerns as the root of this decision. Bidders have until next Thursday to propose their final argument before a final ruling is made.
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Power Breakfast for August 10, 2016

Expanded Panama Canal gives the natural gas industry a direct route to Asia; China's bid on an Australian electricity lease under review


POV: Power Breakfast

A nearly daily update of energy-related news:

  • With the Panama Canal’s expanded locks opening earlier this summer, the natural gas industry now has a more direct route to the Asian market. There are now more than 170 reservations for transits across the canal; the DOE expects that there could be as many as 550 tankers crossing the canal by as early as 2021. The canal was retrofitted with a third set of locks and deeper navigation channels allowing for an increased capacity to travel through the canal.
  • Australia is threatening to veto the Chinese government-owned State Grid from bidding on a 99 year lease to operate Ausgrid, an Australian company which owns most of the electricity distribution assets in Sydney. Additionally, Hong Kong’s Cheung Kong Infrastructure is also under review by Australia’s foreign investment laws. This comes after allegations have been made that Chinese intelligence services have conducted “brazen” espionage in Australia according to the Australian Financial Review.
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Power Breakfast for August 9, 2016

ERCOT sets new peak demand record; EIA reports net summer natural gas withdrawal


POV: Power Breakfast

A nearly daily update of energy-related news:

  • ERCOT set a new systemwide record for peak demand at 70,169 MW on Monday, August 8. The previous record was set on August 10, 2015 and was a peak demand total of 69,877 MW. With triple digit temperatures expected to continue for the remainder of the week, ERCOT forecasts peak demand at or above 70,000 MW throughout the week.
  • For the first time in a decade, the U.S. had a net summer withdrawal of natural gas. The EIA’s weekly gas storage report shows that the working gas in storage was 3,288 Bcf as of July 29, 2016, a net decline of 6 Bcf from the previous week. Natural gas inventories stand at 3.3 trillion cubic feet, 16 percent higher than the recent five-year average.
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Power Breakfast for August 4, 2016

ERCOT anticipates sufficient supply for state's heat wave; EIA’s U.S. Electric System Operating Data displays real-time data


POV: Power Breakfast

A nearly daily update of energy-related news:

  • ERCOT anticipates sufficient supply to meet this week’s demand for electricity as a heat wave engulfs much of Texas. Earlier this spring, ERCOT forecasted that this summer’s demand would peak at 70,588 MW; demand reached 67,503 MW on Tuesday, August 2. ERCOT’s all-time peak was 69,877 MW set on August 10, 2015.
  • The EIA’s U.S. Electric System Operating Data shows the real-time electricity demand and supply balance for the country’s various regions. It also displays actual and forecasted demand, net generation and U.S. net electricity imports and exports.
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Power Breakfast for August 3, 2016

Two state's decisions on nuclear energy; Advice to utilities on electric vehicles


POV: Power Breakfast

A nearly daily update of energy-related news:

  • The Washington Post takes a look at how California and New York are approaching whether or not to include nuclear power in their respective energy mix. This follows New York’s decision to approve a Clean Energy Standard that (among other items) retains the state’s six nuclear reactors which currently provide 30 percent of the state’s electricity. The article contrasts this to that of California’s decision to eliminate nuclear from the state’s portfolio.
  • By 2040, electric vehicles will account for 35 percent of new car sales around the world. Energy Central offers five insights that could assist the utility market as it prepares for this consumer shift including: consider offering incentives to consumers in this space to drive adoption; prepare for demand response and variable rate structure changes; consider partnerships with car manufacturers; adjust utility infrastructure to support EVs on the road; and offer real-time information on electricity prices to inform the consumer.

Silence the Growl of Summer Hunger

A healthy summer is a happy summer for Dallas area children


SilenceTheGrowl - 05.31.16What could have been a difficult summer for so many Dallas area children turned out to be a summer full of fun, festivities and filled bellies. Through our involvement with the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and the Silence the Growl campaign, we volunteered more than 375 hours and contributed more than $43,000 to support summer meal programs across the Dallas area and raise awareness of summer hunger. Through our company’s contributions, along with support from other corporate sponsors and the United Way, Silence the Growl is helping serve 100,000 additional meals at participating summer meal sites.

Summer Kickoff with UWD - 06.08.16When the school year ends, the summer break can mean summer hunger for thousands of children who qualify for free or reduced-priced meals. To help ensure that underserved children get the nutrition they need all summer long, employees at EFH, Luminant and TXU Energy took part in a variety of activities to create a positive and memorable summer.

Orange BallAt events like the Summer Meals Kickoff event, the Silence the Growl Summer Meals Block Party and Saldivar Elementary School’s Field Day, we engaged Dallas-area children in a variety of outdoor activities and games (water balloon tosses, hula hoop, basketball and arts & crafts) and provided a nutritious lunch to fuel their bodies and minds. We also hosted a Kid’s Kit Drive to collect items like puzzles, coloring books and jump ropes to encourage fun and educational games to keep their minds active and learning throughout the summer.

Ready to help - editedChris Samson, TXU Energy Marketing Associate, says, “By far the best part of volunteering with the Silence the Growl campaign was seeing the bright smiles on the children’s AND volunteers’ faces! I’m so proud that we were able to make such a positive impact on the children’s lives.”

The Silence the Growl campaign is designed to raise awareness and support summer meal programs to ensure that children who rely on subsidized meal programs throughout the year continue to get nutritious meals during the summer. Click here to learn more about how you can get involved to Silence the Growl, because a healthy summer is a happy summer!