Gas loses ERCOT fuel mix share to wind, coal in September

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Wind and coal-fired generation’s share of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas’ fuel mix rose month on month in September, while natural gas-fired units’ cut slipped below 50%, a mark held for two months, as less cooling load and strong winds pushed more peaking units out of the stack, according to the grid operator.
The largest monthly increase in percentage terms came from wind generation, which rose about 5% to make up nearly 14% of the …

California ISO sees grid changes

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By 2030, renewables will supply about two-thirds of California’s electricity, natural gas-fired generation will be in the process of being phased out and the West will have regional grid operators, according to a draft paper released Wednesday by the California Independent System Operator.
The paper — Electricity 2030, Trends and Tasks for the Coming Years — outlines the ISO’s expectation for a …

US DOE proposal for FERC market reforms draws heavy fire at GCPA

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The US Department of Energy’s proposal that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission revamp organized power markets to compensate coal-fired and nuclear generation for their reliability and resilience attributes drew sharp criticism Tuesday at a Gulf Coast Power Association conference in Austin.
During a CEO roundtable, Pat Wood, former FERC chairman and current …

Gearing Up for Negotiation Season

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By Brittany Beecroft
Negotiation pre-season is about to kick off. Annually, we should be reviewing our agreements, adjustments, and invoices (invoices are our Magic 8-Ball to reveal rates and weights). A little pre-season prep can eliminate that post-season post-audit of invoices, where you wonder where all the negotiated savings went. Prepping rate changes is like prepping a recipe — we need to know what is currently in-house, what our receipts look like, and what is on our list. …

FedEx Announces New Dimensional Weight Pricing for SmartPost in 2018

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By Dave Sullivan
As most of us have heard by now, FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, and FedEx Freight, subsidiaries of FedEx Corp., will increase shipping rates effective January 1, 2018 by an average of 4.9%. The change will impact the following:
· Express package and freight standard list rates for US, US export, and US import services
· FedEx Ground and Home Delivery standard list rates
· FedEx Freight rates
As everyone is busy digesting what this means to their individual businesses, it’s important not to lose sight of a change that was announced with slightly less fanfare. Potentially one of the most impactful changes for 2018 comes with the announcement that FedEx will begin …