Energy News

Weekly trends and insights on the Natural Gas and Electricity Markets
Electricity Markets Although prices aren’t as low as they have been historically in ISO-NE, there are new dynamics in the New England region that now play a part in the electric price mix. Lack of natural gas pipeline capacity combined with multiple plant retirements make it unlikely that we will get back down to levels lower than the $0.04/kWh resistance level. Electric prices remain in a good position relative to recent history and where we were last Fall. ERCOT was down slightly over the report week and NYISO & PJM...
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Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Incentive Program *NY Clients only In an effort to make New York State’s environment cleaner, there are a number of significant incentives currently available for public and private organizations that install Level 2 EV charging stations. The stations can be placed in public parking facilities, workplaces, and multifamily apartment buildings. The programs aim is to accelerate the growth of the electric vehicle market, partially through financial support for the installation of charging stations across New York.  1. Charge Ready NY • Recipients will receive $4,000...
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*Important information for New York State Businesses* NYS is attempting to repeal a longstanding tax exemption for businesses that utilize third party suppliers, or ESCOs, for electric and natural gas service. This repeal is estimated to cost NYS businesses an additional $128 million per year in sales taxes. Please follow the link to support the Business Council’s opposition to this new tax. Thank you for your help. https://oneclickpolitics.global.ssl.fastly.net/messages/edit?promo_id=5627 Electricity Markets ISO-NE has seen a slight upward trend in electric over the past few weeks. NYISO and PJM continue to remain...
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Electricity Markets With the exception of a slight tick up in ISO-NE, the remaining markets all trailed downward over the report week. Will we continue to see a downward trend in electric prices coming out of the winter period? Only time will tell.
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Electricity Markets As ERCOT deals with industrial load growth, it continues to be a factor in their volatile electric market. Experts are trying to access what their needs will be into the future. The steady increase in oil prices recently and upward pressure on natural gas has contributed to the hook up in ISO-NE electric prices. NYISO & PJM were pretty stable week over week. Both NY and NE continue to set aggressive renewable goals and new regulations. However, as we become less dependent on fossil fuels, this will destabilize...
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Electricity Markets Electric prices saw a bump up over the report week. There may be some increased pressure over the coming week based on the heightened natural gas activity. ERCOT is likely starting to get nervous about summer demand again as they continue to show volatility.
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Electricity Markets The electric markets saw little activity over the report week. Capacity prices continue to work in favor for those looking to hedge electric contracts in NYISO and ISO-NE. Last year the market ran fairly flat from February forward. We will continue to keep an eye on if same pattern seems to transpire.
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Electricity Markets The forward electric market remained quiet over the report week, with only slight up-ticks in each of the ISO’s.
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Electricity Markets The general direction of the forward electric markets is trending down. Attractive index/variable pricing in western NY especially, due to favorable capacity prices driving the overall cost down. ISO-NE performed well during the most recent cold spell relative to previous years. June 1st new capacity prices will go into effect, providing some relief from the elevated prices.
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Electricity Markets Electric prices throughout ISO-NE, NYISO and PJM all continued to drop off over the report week while Texas remained fairly flat. Earlier in winter, the markets had briefly touched these levels but then regained ground.
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Electricity Markets Electric markets continue to feel the volatility of winter temperatures and natural gas demand as prices jump up and down week over week.
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Electricity Markets The electric markets reacted to the shift up in weather pattern. Forward prices rebounded from last week driven by near term increases for February and March.
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New charges coming to the NE electric market Clean Peak Program (CPP)  – (MA only) As mentioned over the summer, the Massachusetts Legislature passed bill H.4857 aimed to promote a clean energy future. The new law changes concern renewable requirements and all MA customers and suppliers will be affected by these increases. Each supplier may treat these requirements differently. Executed agreements currently in effect or those which have not started yet may see these increases as pass-throughs effective starting in 2019 and 2020. ISO-NE Fuel Security Costs Another change coming...
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Electricity Markets Pricing continued to decline for the second week running in response to warmer-than-normal weather for this time of year. New York, New England, and PJM are now in line with late-October to early-November pricing making this an opportune time to review fixed rate options for the upcoming year.
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Electricity Markets All electric markets saw mid-week drops in forward pricing over the last seven days due to higher-than-normal temperatures and corresponding dips in the NYMEX. Temperatures trended closer to the historic average at the end of the week and placed upward pressure on the electric market. NYISO, PJM, and ERCOT pricing is below the previous week.
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Electricity Markets Electric prices fell off a bit toward the end of the report week, following suit to the natural gas markets.  Prices in all ISO’s still remain elevated in comparison to the sudden shift up in November.
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Electricity Markets ISO-NE moved in the opposite direction this week, back up. While there was a retreat in the NYMEX, the Algonquin basis bounced up again impacting the New England electric prices. PJM & NYISO both rebounded up a bit as well. In ERCOT there is still no stability as they try to find their price comfort level.
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Electricity Markets The 12-month forward strip for NYISO continues to remain elevated by the 3 months (Jan, Feb., Mar.) of high winter prices, while the rest of the 12-month strip is reasonable value. Over the past few weeks ERCOT has bounced all over. Texas is not impacted by the winter but with retirement of old units, and the load increasing due to economy growth, unease remains regarding capacity for next summer.
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Electricity Markets Wholesale energy average for the 12-forward months has been volatile across the board, following the trends of natural gas. Over the report week, NYISO spiked and then dropped and ERCOT has been all over the place. ISO-NE rose above $0.05 cents, and then retreated back where prices were trading about 2 weeks ago. In PJM, the tightness in supply has historically greatly affected price, and that trend continues. All volatility appears in the near-term months. The upcoming spring/early summer months are trading close to or below last year.
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Electricity Markets The electric markets continue to show volatility as it follows the uncertainty surrounding the upcoming winter and natural gas prices.
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Electricity Markets This graph depicts the average of the forward 12 months of electric pricing in each region. Over the report week there was another large increase in each ISO as a result of panic in the natural gas markets.
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