Energy News Update

Electricity Markets

ISO-NE and ERCOT electric prices continued to climb over the report week while NYISO and PJM flattened out.

While temperatures were mixed, the day-ahead market remained fairly relaxed. With the current lack of load surrounding COVID-19, there is plenty of generation currently to sustain the market.

Natural Gas Markets

The 12-month strip averaging May 2020 through April 2021 futures contracts declined $0.05 to $2.299. While natural gas storage levels are strong right now, concerns are mounting over how production will continue to respond to the current low-price environment along with the demand rebound from COVID-19.

Futures as of 4/15/2020 versus previous week:



















Natural Gas Inventory

The EIA reported a net injection of 73 Bcf from the previous week. As of Friday, April 10, 2020, working gas in storage was 2,097. This is well above the five-year average injection of 27 Bcf. Storage is currently 21% above the five-year average and 72% more than the year-ago level. As of March 31, 2020 (the traditional end of the heating season) storage ended at the highest level for working natural gas stocks since 2017.

The Baker Hughes exploration gas rig count took another big slide this week, falling by 7 rigs for a total of 89. This is 98 fewer rigs than the 187 in operation at this time one year ago.


Weather Update

Weather forecasts continue to show below-average temperatures blanketing the Great Lakes and Northeast regions through the end of the month. Warmer temperatures are expected in the South and Western have of the CONUS.

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.

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