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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.

By combining the skills and experience of Bentek with Platts, we can now provide a deeper level of market data, news, and analysis, on a regional and global basis, to meet the needs of analysts and traders.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 6:01 PM
California industrial-scale solar capacity could increase by roughly 42% by the end of the year, based on nearly 3200 MW of new capacity Platts Bentek is tracking with expected completion dates in 2016.  California currently has 7600 MW of solar capacity, which is up nearly tenfold since the beginning of 2012.  Solar capacity monitored in Bentek’s North American Power Plant Databank shows annual growth rates of 87% for the past four years, leading to just 768 MW of solar capacity in January 2012 increasing to its current level.  While solar capacity increased by almost 1500 MW in 2015, this was its slowest annual increase in years when factoring in its percentage increase of 24%.  This followed years of 191% and 73% capacity increases in 2013 and 2014, respectively.  The stronger growth returning in 2016 is not expected to be uniformly added throughout the year, with the majority of incremental capacity coming on line in the four quarter. Continue reading on page 2.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 5:56 PM
Algonquin mainline capacity will be cut by an average of 40% to 886 MMcf/d at the Stony Point compressor through the entire summer, restricting critical supply sources from the Ramapo interconnect with Millennium and Mahwah with TGP. Shippers on the pipeline will be dependent on other supply sources which could push AGT summer strip above the past five-year average.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 6:31 AM
The ISO-NE winter power generation fuel stack has shown significant monthly variation in response to gas demand from other sectors despite mild winter 2015/2016 temperatures. Falling temperatures drove the month-to-month load growth of 2% from December to January as temperatures fell 13 degrees to average 31 degrees Fahrenheit in January. While still 2 degrees above normal, cooler temperatures caused heating gas demand from the residential, commercial and industrial sectors to surge 0.7 Bcf/d over the same time period to 2.3 Bcf/d. Increased RC&I gas demand made it more difficult for gas-fired generators to source fuel, and regional power burn demand fell approximately 1% from December to 935 MMcf/d in January dropping gas-fired generation market share two percentage points to 38% after averaging 45% for all of 2015. Constrained gas markets forced coal- and oil-fired generators to pick up the slack as generation from those fuels increased 183% and 171%, respectively, month-over-month. Coal climbed three points to 5% market share while oil generation ticked up enough to register at 1% market share.

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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*

01/22-01/28 Week
01/29-02/04 Forecast Week
BENTEK EIA Forecast
East -53 -54 TBD
Midwest -37 -44 TBD
South Central -45 -47 TBD
Mountain -5 -5 TBD
Pacific -4 -2 TBD
Total -144 -152 N/A

Weekly forecast is available to subscribers on Tuesday morning. 

* All storage numbers are in BCF

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Storage Map

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Storage Maps monitor the injections and withdrawals of each storage facility in the U.S.

Capacity Map

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View capacity and capacity utilization on each of the major pipeline corridors in North America.