EIA Data Reveals California’s Real and Growing Duck Curve

By [email protected] We’ve covered the growth of the duck over the half-decade since the term was coined by California state grid operator CAISO, named after the shape of a grid with midday solar bellies and steep evening necks in its supply-demand curve. This year has brought increasing proof that the duck curve has grown up, and much faster than expected.

The latest comes in this week’s report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on CAISO’s net system loads and wholesale energy market prices over the past six months. In that time, average day-ahead hourly energy market prices during the 5 p.m.

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