Weekly Market update 12/19/2022

Electricity Markets

Forward markets remained stable over the last week. Cold temperatures were counteracted by modest withdrawal from natural gas storage.

Cold weather has returned, and markets have responded, driving spot pricing up dramatically over the last week.

Natural Gas Markets

Outward years are still consolidated and stable, but coming winter still remains volatile and 2023 future rates have been driven up in the past week in response to the cold weather.


Futures as of 12/15/2022 versus previous week:

Jan-23 $6.617 $0.995
Feb-23 $6.369 $1.030
Mar-23 $5.751 $0.876
Apr-23 $5.232 $0.482
May-23 $5.200 $0.449
Jun-23 $5.275 $0.440

Natural Gas Inventory 

Working gas in storage was 3,412 BCF as of Friday, December 9th. According to EIA estimates this represents a net decrease of 50 Bcf from the previous week.


The Baker Hughes exploration gas count increased by 1 rig for a total of 154 this week. There are 105 additional rigs in operation than at this time one year ago.

Weather Update

Temperatures will be above average across the West Coast, and below average across the East Coast and Midwest.


Hurricane Watch:  Click here to view the National Hurricane Center site.

Equatorial Pacific Outlook: Click here to view La Nina and El Nino status.    


News : US POWER TRACKER: ISO-NE forward price outlook lower, prices higher on year- ISO New England wholesale power prices in November rose about 16% on month and 9%-12% on year, and while forward power prices moderated a bit on softer natural gas prices, power forwards remained above $300/MWh in some cases.



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