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Providing support in energy litigation, negotiation, and research to governments, industries, utilities, and aboriginal peoples from California to Quebec.

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FERC’s MOPR Dissected

Public Utilities Fortnightly, Robert McCullough

The two leading renewable technologies are non-dispatchable intermittent resources. The unsubstantiated assumption that they will lower the value of capacity needs to be examined closely.

Oregon natural gas facility could be fuelled by Canadian sources

The Lawyer’s Daily, Robert McCullough

Jordan Cove is planned for Coos Bay. In order to procure natural gas, a pipeline is planned to connect to supplies at Malin, Ore. Malin connects to Kingsgate, Alta., and Opal, Wyo. Overall, Coos Bay is over 909 miles from sources of supply in the east and 841 miles from Alberta.

New Reports

Fire and Ice: Electric Reliability Failures in California and Texas

This past week saw calls for energy conservation from the two most populous states in the U.S. – Texas and California – as the states’ grid operators were once again faced with the prospect of rolling blackouts. These warnings raise the question as to why the two systems appear so fragile in their effort to meet extreme weather events – both during extreme cold and extreme heat and why published reliability evaluations are so at odds with actual operations.

Reassessment of Site-C Financial Viability – March 21, 2021

Some main points from this edition:
1. After scaling back in March, the cost overrun was 26%. Apparently the staff were sent home with quite an Easter basket last year.
2. Some pretty massive contract renegotiations took place last year about $516 million.
3. It seems like BC Hydro has quietly dropped their interest rate hedge — or at least put it on hold. If so, they may have locked in the $1 billion dollar loss before the recovery of long term interest rates this spring.
4. The author of the report seems uncertain about the scale of the contingency and reserve amounts — usually a large part of the total budget.