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Platts acquired Bentek Energy in 2011. Bentek was a recognized leader in natural gas, oil and NGL market fundamental analysis with expertise in power, demand and other energy segments. Bentek provided a full range of products including daily market reports,online applications, comprehensive studies, consulting engagements and retainer services.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 7:30 PM
What began as a fairly bullish January, with consensus weather forecasts converging on a cold near-term outlook, has turned toward bearish sentiment as above-average temperatures dominate the weather outlooks on the near-term and to some extent the long-term horizons. This week's feature will check-in halfway through the November-March winter season and focus on the bearish winter conditions this month and the resulting impact on demand and outflows.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 6:25 PM
On January 17, the California Department of Conservation’s Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources and the Public Utilities Commission announced preliminary stances on Aliso Canyon well testing results  as well as a two day public meeting from February 1 – 2. The PUC and DOGGR announced suggestions for revised Aliso Canyon working gas capacity as well as injection and withdrawal rates, where the former determined capping the field at 29.7 Bcf. Mild weather in the Southwest coupled with strong hydroelectric generation in the California ISO footprint this winter so far have tarnished Aliso Canyon’s crucial role in supply reliability. Please see page 2 for additional information.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 6:10 AM
Recent winter storms up and down the West Coast have increased the 2017 water supply outlook in the Pacific Northwest and California, which could translate into 350 MMcf/d of lost power burn demand compared with 2016. Cal-ISO hydro generation is averaging 76.0 GWh/d month to date, the highest since 2011, and snow-pack data from the California Department of Water Resources shows state snow-water content levels are registering 54% higher than normal season-to-date, approximately even with 2011. If the 2017 season returns to levels similar to 2011, it would equate to 30.2 GWh/d more hydro output this year compared with last, or about 250 MMcf/d of reduced power burn assuming an 8.5 MMBtu/MWh heat rate. In the PNW, the NWRFC’s most recent water supply forecast for The Dalles Dam is currently calling for median flows of 87.4 million acre-feet, about 95% of normal for the upcoming runoff season. This represents a 6 percentage point increase from the 2016 forecast at this time last year. Based on the historic relationship between flows from The Dalles Dam and BPA hydro generation during the runoff season, the increased flow may translate into a 4%-5% increase, from 196.8 GWh/d to an estimated 205.0 GWh/d, in average daily hydro this year compared with last, or 90 MMcf/d of reduced power burn which would represent a 15% loss compared with 2016.

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EIA Storage Comparison

Indices Chg Date
TX Intra Flow™ 2272 BBtu -47.82% 04/27
Gulf Production™ 6.2 BBtu -8.82% 04/22

Weekly Storage Forecast*

12/30-01/05 Week
01/06-01/12 Forecast Week
East -39 -39 TBD
Midwest -46 -56 TBD
South Central -25 -34 TBD
Mountain -13 -10 TBD
Pacific -15 -12 TBD
Total -138 -151 N/A

Weekly forecast is available to subscribers on Tuesday morning. 

* All storage numbers are in BCF

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