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In This Issue - December 19, 2013

  • New England Natural Gas Pipeline Projects Needed Sooner Than Later
  • EIA: Natural Gas to Overtake Coal by 2035
  • Natural Gas and Oil Market Update
  • EIA - Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report
  • NYMEX Natural Gas Week-to-Week Price Change
  • Natural Gas Futures - Five Year Price

Click here for full 12/19/13 Newsletter

In This Issue - December 12, 2013
  • Retirements to Boost Prices $3 - $11/MWh
  • U.S. Installs 930 MW of Solar Photovoltaic Capacity in Third Quarter
  • Natural Gas and Oil Market Update
  • EIA - Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report
  • NYMEX Natural Gas Week-to-Week Price Change
  • Natural Gas Futures - Five Year Price

Click here for full 12/12/13 Newsletter

Natural Gas Use in Power Generation Down 13% Through November

The use of natural gas in the electric power sector was below 2012 levels for most of this year due to fuel prices and a cooler summer, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.; Click here for full 12/5/13 Newsletter

EIA: Natural Gas UseClimbs in PJM Power Plants

Natural gas use in the PJM Interconnection's power plant fleet has jumped in the last two years on low fuel prices, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). PJM covers parts of 13 states, including Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.; Click here for full 11/21/13 Newsletter

Northeast Grows Increasingly Reliant on Natural Gas for Power Generation

Lower natural gas prices and regional environmental initiatives are leading natural gas-fi red generators to provide a greater portion of the electricity in the northeastern United States.; Click here for full 11/14/13 Newsletter

Gas-Fired Generation Down 14 Percent Year-To-Year in October

Unable to capitalize on a high level of coal-fi red power plant outages, October gas generation fell 14 percent compared to last year due to lower electricity demand, and a combination of increased renewables and nuclear generation.; Click here for full 11/7/13 Newsletter

Industry Sees Bright Future for US Natural Gas

The natural gas industry is optimistic about its own future, but safety – be it pipeline, environmental or cyber – continues to be a key concern, according to Black & Veatch's second annual Strategic Directions in the North American Natural Gas Industry survey.; Click here for full 10/31/13 Newsletter

Coal v. Gas to Linger This Winter

Electricity demand this winter will highlight the back-and-forth battle between natural gas and coal as the cheapest fuel for power generation, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff said in a seasonal market outlook.; Click here for full 10/24/13 Newsletter

Low Natural Gas Price to Hamper U.S. Energy Efficiency, IEA Says

Low natural gas prices will hamper the U.S.'s incentive to continue spending on energy-efficiency projects, according to the International Energy Agency.; Click here for full 10/17/13 Newsletter

Largest Coal-fired Plant in NE to Close by 2017

A Massachusetts power plant recently cited by federal regulators as one of the state's heaviest polluters is planning to shut down.; Click here for full 10/10/13 Newsletter

Power Grid Regulators Continue Work Throughout Government Shutdown

Following the shutdown of many federal government operations that require Congressapproved funding October 1, federal regulators and watchdogs over the U.S. power grid are operating at differing levels of ability to perform their jobs and have employees at the desks.; Click here for full 10/3/13 Newsletter

Natural gas-fired power generation down 14% for first 7 months

Natural gas-fired power generation is down 14 percent during the first seven months of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012.; Click here for full 9/26/13 Newsletter

Ranking Reveals Top U.S. Cities On Energy Efficiency

Which U.S. cities do the most to improve energy efficiency? Boston tops a 34-city ranking.; Click here for full 9/19/13 Newsletter

In Shifting Power Market, Wind Can Claim Market Share From Oil, Gas

A wave of coal plant retirements in the U.S. will benefit the renewable energy industry as wind, in particular, appears poised to claim market share from marginal coal and gas plants, Barclays Capital said in a Sept. 4 report.; Click here for full 9/12/13 Newsletter

A Few Thoughts on Winter and US Natural Gas

Granted the market is only now just in the throes of hurricane season, but given the volatility already present in natural gas financial basis markets, here are a few thoughts on winter.; Click here for full 9/5/13 Newsletter

ISO-NE: Don't Blame the Market for Vermont Yankee Retirement

While the retirement of the Entergy Vermont Yankee nuclear plant will make New England more reliant on generation from natural gas, ISO-New England says the regional market isn't necessarily the villain.; Click here for full 8/29/13 Newsletter

Northeast Could Get Some of the US' Cheapest Gas

The US Northeast has traditionally been saddled with some of the country's highest natural gas prices. But with production growth in the region exceeding expectations, a resulting gas glut could push regional prices down below those at other trading points around the US.; Click here for full 8/22/13 Newsletter

Natural-gas prices move up after EIA supply data

Natural-gas futures climbed on Thursday after the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported a supply increase of 65 billion cubic feet for the week ended Aug. 9. Analysts polled by Platts forecasted a climb between 68 billion cubic feet and 72 billion cubic feet. Total stocks now stand at 3.006 trillion cubic feet, down 252 billion cubic feet from the year-ago level and 43 billion cubic feet above the five-year average, the government said. September natural gas was at $3.39 per million British thermal units, up over 4 cents, or 1.3%. It was trading at $3.37 before the data.; Click here for full 8/15/13 Newsletter

Tight Pipeline Capacity Pushes N.E. Natural Gas Prices Higher

Wholesale natural gas prices in New England rose twice as fast as most of the country in the first half of the year, largely due to a lack of pipeline capacity in the region to meet growing demand for the fuel, according to the US Energy Department.; Click here for full 8/1/13 Newsletter

Electricity prices on the rise. Higher bills to come?

Rising natural gas prices are pushing wholesale electricity costs up, according to a briefing released Tuesday by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).; Click here for full 7/25/13 Newsletter

New England Poised For Energy-use Record

The Independent System Operator of New England, which manages the region's electricity grid from control centers in Holyoke, Mass., is predicting peak demand of 27,600 megawatts, after pumping 26,210 megawatts into the grid on Tuesday and 26,500 on Wednesday.; Click here for full 7/18/13 Newsletter

U.S. Nuclear Outages Drop to Lowest in Nearly Two Years

U.S. nuclear power plant outages fell to the lowest level in almost two years on Wednesday, in time to meet peak summer demand for air conditioning.; Click here for full 7/11/13 Newsletter

Clean Energy to Beat Gas in Power Mix by 2016, IEA Says

Renewable energy may supply more electricity than nuclear reactors or natural gas by 2016, spurred by declining costs and growing demand in emerging markets.; Click here for full 6/27/13 Newsletter

IEA Says U.S. Natural Gas Output to Accelerate Next Year

U.S. natural gas production will accelerate from 2014 through 2018 as higher prices spur drilling and expanded infrastructure allows more shale supplies to reach the market, according to the International Energy Agency.; Click here for full 6/20/13 Newsletter

Shale Fields May Hold 10% of World's Crude Oil, 32% of Gas Resources

Ten percent of the world's recoverable crude-oil resources and nearly one-third of natural-gas resources may be held in shale formations in the U.S. and in dozens of other countries.; Click here for full 6/13/13 Newsletter

The Billion-Dollar Smart Grid Storm and Summer Surge

Fresh on the heels of Hurricane Sandy's destruction last year, East Coast utilities are girding their grids for future storms, including a 2013 hurricane season that's shaping up to be a tough one, according to the latest forecasts.; Click here for full 6/6/13 Newsletter

PJM Sets New Records

The PJM Interconnection annual capacity auction has attracted a record amount of new generation as well as record imports of capacity from the Midcontinent ISO (MISO) and other areas.; Click here for full 5/30/13 Newsletter

Power Generators Have Beef with ISO New England Fuel Mandate

At a time when the ISO New England region is increasingly reliant on sometimes volatile natural gas supplies for power generation, a fight has broken out over an ISO New England mandate for power generators to have firm fuel supplies in hand.; Click here for full 5/23/13 Newsletter

New England's Wholesale Power Markets Operated Competitively in 2012

The $6.1 billion wholesale electricity markets in New England operated efficiently and competitively in 2012, according to a report released today by the Internal Market Monitor (IMM) of ISO NewEngland Inc., the operator of the region's bulk power system and wholesale electricity markets.; Click here for full 5/16/13 Newsletter

Gas Pipeline Official Says Gas-grid Coordination More a Grid Issue

There are many issues to be resolved in terms of power grid and natural gas supply coordination, particularly in gas-dependent New England.; Click here for full 5/9/13 Newsletter

ISO New England Says Region Has Enough Power to Meet Summer Peak Demands

The six-state New England power grid is expected to carry enough electricity to meet consumer demand under normal weather conditions this summer.; Click here for full 5/2/13 Newsletter

4 Reasons Coal Declines Even As Natural Gas Prices Rise

U.S. power plants began burning more coal in February as natural gas prices rose, but coal's resurgence will not overcome its long-term decline, according to a report released today by the U.S. Energy Information Agency.; Click here for full 4/25/13 Newsletter

Natural Gas Prices Rise From Historic Lows, Easing Pressure on Renewable Energy and Coal

Wholesale natural gas prices have doubled during the last year, and that’s bringing sighs of relief from an unusual variety of interests.; Click here for full 4/18/13 Newsletter

Year-to-date Natural Gas Use For Electric Power Generation is Down From 2012

Natural gas used to generate electricity so far this year is below the high level during the comparable 2012 period, when low natural gas prices led to significant displacement of coal by natural gas for power generation.; Click here for full 4/11/13 Newsletter

Patriot Energy Group to Sponsor Bill Martel Racing for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race

Patriot Energy Group, is proud to announced today its new partnership with Bill Martel Racing (BMR) for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 200 at the Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware on May 31, 2013.; Click here for full Press Release

US Natural Gas: Summer Outlook

With both cash and summer forward natural gas prices averaging well above year-ago levels so far this year, some markets could surpass last year’s seasonal highs when the mercury rises this summer as pipeline maintenance, low hydro supplies, strong demand and a host of other issues underpin markets.; Click here for full 4/4/13 Newsletter

Northeast Wholesale Power Falls as Demand Drops Below Forecasts

Wholesale electricity prices from New York to Maine declined as demand dropped below forecasts amid milder weather.; Click here for full 3/28/13 Newsletter

NE's Dependence on Natural Gas Poses Threat to Electricity Prices

While natural gas is a much cleaner that fuel oil and coal and increasingly plentiful as shale reserves are tapped, New England's limited natural gas pipeline capacity is constraining supplies.; Click here for full 3/21/13 Newsletter

PJM Facing Unprecedented Generating Retirements

PJM authorized more than 750 electric transmission improvement projects in 2012, totaling more than $5 billion. These projects were driven by massive shifts in the fuels used to generate electricity.; Click here for full 3/14/13 Newsletter

Natural Gas Dethrones King Coal As Power Companies Look To Future

The way Americans get their electricity is changing. Coal is in decline. Natural gas is bursting out of the
ground in record amounts. ; Click here for full 3/7/13 Newsletter

EIA Reports Strong US Renewables and Gas Power Performance

Renewable power generation sources performed strongly last year, while coal, oil and nuclear power declined. ; Click here for full 2/28/13 Newsletter

FERC: All New U.S. Electricity Capacity in January from Renewable

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has released data for January showing that all new energy created in the month was provided by renewable energy sources. ; Click here for full 2/21/13 Newsletter

DNV KEMA's Retail Energy Markets Team Forecasts Competitive Power

Competitive power markets will continue to expand aggressively in the next two years for homeowners and small businesses. Slower growth is expected in the non-residential segment over the same time period. ; Click here for full 2/14/13 Newsletter

EPA: Power Plants Remain Largest Stationary Source of Greenhouse

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency posted the second year of greenhouse gas emissions data on its website Feb. 5. The information, which shows GHG emissions in 2011, allows public access to emissions data by sector, greenhouse gas and geographic region. ; Click here for full 2/7/13 Newsletter

U.S. 2012 Wind Power Reached Record 13,124 Megawatts, Beats Gas

U.S. wind-energy developers added a record 13,124 megawatts of turbines last year, beating natural gas to become the largest new source of power generation for the first time. ; Click here for full 1/31/13 Newsletter

Wholesale Energy Costs Down in New England

Wholesale prices for electricity in New England in 2012 fell to their lowest levels in a decade as the cost of the natural gas used to power generating plants continues to fall, according to the operator of the region’s wholesale power market and electric grid. ; Click here for full 1/24/13 Newsletter

Average wholesale electricity prices down compared to last year

Average, on-peak day-ahead electricity prices were lower across the entire United States in 2012 compared to 2011. In wholesale electric regions where prices declined in both 2011 and 2012, the drops in 2012 were generally larger.; Click here for full 1/10/13 Newsletter

Energy Efficiency Saves New England $260 Million In Transmission Costs

Energy efficiency represents the biggest potential to cut consumer costs and reduce power
demand.; Click here for full 1/3/13 Newsletter

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