The latest measurement of the California snowpack shows it is below average for this time of year, potentially affecting hydroelectric power and the severity of the upcoming wildfire season.

After a lengthy out-of-service period that caused frustration with some system users, it appears major repairs of the Southern California natural gas distribution infrastructure might be nearing completion.

Western energy prices generally trended lower in the Dec. 5 to Dec. 12 trading period, while Western natural gas prices eroded between 4 and 19 cents, with the Malin and Opal trading hubs posting the greatest loss, down 19 cents each to $2.51/MMBtu and $2.48/MMBtu by Dec. 12.

The advent of cooler weather, with possible rain and snow forecast across the West, sent regional energy prices higher at the end of Nov. 14 to Nov. 21 trading. Both power and natural gas prices trended upward as temperatures decreased throughout the week.

With "near-record injection activity" in the April 1 to Oct. 31 natural gas refill season, the U.S. natural gas inventory recovered from low levels at the end of the 2018-2019 heating season, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The EIA estimates working natural gas in st…

The first of October marked the beginning of a new water year that is kicking off with "significantly more" in storage than in the prior year, according to the California Department of Water Resources.

Pipeline constraints and reduced storage at Aliso Canyon, coupled with current inventory levels that are less than 2018's, prompted California PUC Executive Director Alice Stebbins to ask Southern California Gas Co. to "take immediate action" to prevent reliability problems this winter.

Peak power prices across the West picked up between $4 and as much as $18.25 in trading this week, a portion of which can be attributed to greater California demand and extreme heat across the Southwest.

There was “some price volatility” associated with a series of Southern California earthquakes and aftershocks that occurred over the Fourth of July weekend, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said, but Southern California gas transmission and distribution systems were largely unaffected.

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