Weekly Market Update 1/9/2023

Electricity Markets

Markets continued their downward trend, returning to levels not seen since the beginning of 2022. Continued warmth across the East Coast and Europe continues to take pressure off of gas markets.

After an extreme, but brief, cold snap, milder temperatures have returned resulting in a wild swing in spot pricing. This could signal continued volatility as the weather changes in the coming weeks.

Natural Gas Markets

Forward pricing has fallen well under 2022 historic settle rates. Additionally, 2023 is now trending below both 2024 and 2025, particularly in the winter months, as a result of recent warmth.


Futures as of 1/5/2023 versus previous week:

Feb-23 $3.838 -$0.871
Mar-23 $3.551 -$0.969
Apr-23 $3.468 -$0.615
May-23 $3.497 -$0.399
Jun-23 $3.640 -$0.263
Jul-23 $3.772 -$0.259

Natural Gas Inventory 

Working gas in storage was 2891 BCF as of Friday, December 23rd. According to EIA estimates this represents a net decrease of 213 Bcf from the previous week.


The Baker Hughes exploration gas count decreased by 4 rigs for a total of 152 this week. There are 106 additional rigs in operation than at this time one year ago.

Weather Update

Temperatures continue to remain above average across the United States.


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


Analysis : Falling US gas futures prices, weaker IRRs add to headwinds on 2023 output- As US natural gas producers begin firming up drilling and production plans for 2023, the recent selloff in benchmark Henry Hub futures prices could dampen already modest ambitions for growth this year.

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