Electric continues to move up gradually across most of the ISO’s. This steady upward trend is likely tied to the increase in the underlying increase in the Henry Hub natural gas pricing as the supply and demand balance tightens, and the increase in the price of oil. The period of panic in ERCOT has seemed to retreat. We have seen similar reaction to events in the Northeast like the polar vortex when the market reacts sharply for a brief time period.
As expected, the significant heat wave and extended period of above-average temperatures caused pricing on the day ahead market to react and go up consistently across all regions.
Natural Gas Markets
Natural gas prices came down across the board over the report week, but the tight grouping just below the $3.00 range remains in play.
Six-Month Natural Gas Futures
Futures as of 7/4/18 versus previous week:
Natural Gas Inventory
As of Friday, June 29, 2018, working gas in storage was 2,152 Bcf. According to EIA estimates this represents a net increase of 78 Bcf from the previous week. Although this was a healthy injection, it has consistently not been enough to close the gap. The likely risk remains that storage could still finish in October at a 5-year low.
NG Rig Count
The Baker Hughes exploration gas rig count went unchanged from the previous week for a total of 187 rigs. The report total is 2 rigs more than in operation last year when there were 189 rigs.
Above-average temperatures are expected to remain through at least the middle of July for both the East and West coasts.
National Weather Service Updates (NOAA)
Hurricane Watch- No activity
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Equatorial Pacific Outlook:
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Energy News & Resources
Hydro-Quebec and Central Maine Power Company (“CMP”) a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE:AGR), jointly announced the successful conclusion of contract negotiations with the Massachusetts electric distribution companies (EDCs)
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