Energy Market Update

Electricity Markets

On the heels of climbing natural gas prices, electric prices in all the ISO’s were up over the report week.

Above normal temperatures continued to keep volatility at bay. However, next week’s report may see a swing as some colder weather has arrived.

Natural Gas Markets

Residential heating demand surged as record cold blanketed the Rockies and most of the Great Plains. Furthermore, as the market prepared for the first winter cold front to reach the eastern United States, the Nov ‘19 NYMEX natural gas contract soared, eventually expiring at $2.597 on its last day of trading. The rest of the Dec-Feb winter contract climbed significantly, as well. Overall the 12-month NYMEX strip held fairly tight, only up $0.01 while the Algonquin basis was up $0.05.

Six-Month Natural Gas Futures

Futures as of 10/30/2019 versus previous week:

Dec-19 $2.691 +$0.264
Jan-20 $2.781 +$0.249
Feb-20 $2.737 +$0.238
Mar-20 $2.598 +$0.193
Apr-20 $2.347 +$0.115
May-19 $2.327 +$0.103
Natural Gas Inventory

The EIA reported a new injection of 89 Bcf from the previous week. Working gas in storage was 3,695 Bcf as of Friday, October 25, 2019. This compares to last year’s injection of 49 Bcf and the 5-year average of 65 Bcf.

The Baker Hughes exploration gas rig count decreased 3 rigs from last week, for a total of 130 rigs. This is 63 less rigs than were in operation at this time one year ago when there were 193 rigs.

Weather Update

NOAA forecasts show below-average temperatures sticking around in the Midcon and creep further into the East in the 6-10 day outlook. The West should experience a warm-up during the same period.

National Weather Service Updates (NOAA)

Hurricane Watch: No Current Hurricanes

Click here to view the National Hurricane Center site.

Equatorial Pacific Outlook:

Click here to view La Nina and El Nino status.

Energy News

House Commerce Subcommittee Issues Hearing Memo on U.S. Power Sector

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 — The House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Energy issued the following hearing  


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