Thursday, July 19, 2018

Texas Heat Smashes 1925 Heat Record -- July 19, 2018


July 23, 2018: from SeekingAlpha --
  • Sempra Energy's  SoCalGas issued a natural gas curtailment watch today, telling customers to be prepared to reduce gas use if needed, with power generators expected to work harder than usual to keep air conditioners humming as a heat wave blankets Southern California
  • high temperatures in Los Angeles are forecast to top 90 degrees F every day this week, including 97 on Wednesday, while the normal high in the city at this time of year is 84
  • SoCalGas projects gas demand will rise from 3B cf/day toay to 3.B on Tuesday and 3.2B on Wednesday, while receipts of the fuel via pipelines into California are expected to total only ~2.6B cf/day each day, meaning the utility would need to tap storage fields to make up the difference, which could hurt SoCal’s ability to stockpile enough fuel to avoid curtailments for some power and industrial customers on the coldest days during the winter heating season
July 23, 2018: the record was set July 19, 2018, a couple of days ago. Based on the 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon reading, we are on track to beat the record set on July 19th. It will be close, very close and if a new record is not set, it will be because folks are trying to conserve energy. Even if the absolute temperature is not higher on any given day, the a/c demand doesn't change much (at all?) when the temperature is between 98 degrees and 108 degrees. The day of the week and activities taken by the public on a given day have a much, much great impact on a/c demand.

Again, the hourly load link is here.

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From Bloomberg:

Wholesale prices for electricity secured a day in advance reached three-year highs, soaring above $1,500 a megawatt-hour for several hours in the region on Wednesday and Thursday, as people blasted their air conditioners to stay cool.
108 degrees in DFW area.


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