Higher Electricity Prices Forthcoming? FERC Conditionally Accepts ISO-NE’s Winter Reliability Program

September 25, 2013

ISO-NE’s proposed reliability program for the 2013/2014 winter has been tentatively accepted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as an adequate solution to the reliability challenges coming this winter. The program hopes to alleviate potential problems with operational challenges in the winter that could arise because of the heavy reliance on natural gas-produced electricity in […]

ACEEE Names Boston Most Energy-Efficient City in the U.S.

September 19, 2013

A new report issued by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ranked Boston the top energy-efficient city in the United States. Boston scored very high among U.S. cities in all five categories considered in the evaluation, including first in Community Initiatives and Energy Water Utilities & Public Benefits Program, second in Transportation, third in […]

Entergy to Close Vermont Plant; Will an Increase in Energy and Capacity Prices in NEPOOL Result?

August 27, 2013

Today, Entergy Corporation, an electric power producer and retail distributor, announced that it was closing its Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station in Vernon, Vermont. The station is expected to shutdown in the fourth quarter of 2014; in the meantime, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will monitor the station throughout the process of decommission in order […]

Natural Gas Prices Drop Below Support Level

August 5, 2013

The September natural gas futures contract dipped below the support level of $3.40 on Thursday, August 1, delicing as low as $3.34 before closing at $3.39. Since then, the contract has decreased a bit further, reaching as low as $3.31 on Monday, August 5, marking the 52-week low. We expect prices to hold support. If […]

EarlyBird Power Featured in ASHE

July 26, 2013

The American Society for Health Engineering (ASHE), one of the preeminent health engineering magazines in the country, has featured EarlyBird Power in a story about its solar net metering consulting job for the largest solar project in MA in which “cost savings through [the] project will exceed $300,000 annually” in addition to supporting green energy. 

Decreasing Capacity Obligations Next Week May Result in Savings

July 12, 2013

The east coast is forecasted to have sustained hot weather throughout next week (July 15-19). Hot weather means there is a likelihood that we see a year-to-date system peak in ISO-NE, NYISO, and PJM. If you are able, curtailing or reducing your electricity loads during the afternoon next week may decrease your capacity obligations, which […]

Natural Gas Drops Sharply Since Beginning of May

July 2, 2013

Over the past couple of months, natural gas futures contracts have dropped as low as $3.53 on June 28 after reaching a one-year high of $4.53 on May 1. There is support at $3.40. Below is a price chart of the August future contract over the past twelve months:  

EarlyBird Power from Largest Private Solar Deal in MA

June 13, 2013

EarlyBird has coordinated with Southern Sky Renewable Energy on the largest private solar deal in Massachusetts. Here is a photo from the Carver site this morning:

MA DOER Addresses Exceedance of 400 MW Solar Carve Out and SRECs

June 11, 2013

On Friday, June 7, the Massachusetts DOER held a meeting to discuss the finalization of the current SREC program in addition to the implementation of the next program. The meeting was crucial in addressing the ramifications of the unexpected announcement it made on Wednesday, May 29, saying that the current SREC program had reached its […]