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        2015 Strip Price Trend - Natural Gas

         The combination of a mild summer and a warmer than normal beginning to the winter season have brought down the 2015 strip to a level not seen in several years.  In looking back to 2010 the 2015 strip was hovering around $6.00/MMBtu.  Currently as of December 11th the 2015 strip is trading at $3.56.  This is a significant move down due in part by abundant natural gas supplies and a slow growth in demand.  Last summer’s mild weather contributed to the softness in n ...

        by Admin
        Tuesday, 16 December 2014
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        Week Ending December 5th - Natural Gas Storage

        For the week ending 12/05, EIA reported a withdrawal of 51 Bcf.  This withdrawal was slightly above the range of forecaster’s expectations which ranged between 44-48 Bcf.  This brings the total storage balance to 3,359 Bcf, which is a deficit of 186 Bcf (-5.2%) from last year’s balance and a deficit of 351 Bcf (-9.5%) to the five-year average.  These deficits are still on track to decrease to zero if demand does not pick up with colder weather.  Weather dynamics are current ...

        by Admin
        Thursday, 11 December 2014
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        Week Ending November 28th - Natural Gas Storage

         For the week ending 11/28, EIA reported a withdrawal of 22 Bcf.  This withdrawal was below the range of forecaster’s expectations which ranged between 39-43 Bcf.  This brings the total storage balance to 3,410 Bcf, which is a deficit of 227 Bcf (-6.2%) from last year’s balance and a deficit of 372 Bcf (-9.8%) to the five-year average.  These deficits could go away if demand does not pick up with colder weather.  Some industry forecasters are predicting that storage ba ...

        by Admin
        Friday, 05 December 2014
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        Week Ending November 14th - Natural Gas Storage

        For the week ending 11/14, EIA reported a withdrawal of 17 Bcf.  This withdrawal was above the range of forecaster’s expectations which ranged between 9-13 Bcf.  This brings the total storage balance to 3,594 Bcf, which is a deficit of 201 Bcf (-5.3%) from last year’s balance and a deficit of 244 Bcf (-6.4%) to the five-year average.  This is the first withdrawal from storage this winter due to the colder weather experienced last week.  Updated weather forecasts indicate ...

        by Ginger Needham
        Friday, 21 November 2014
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        Does Your Plant Have Enough Gas for this Winter?

        According to Meghan Trainor, “It’s all about the bass, no treble” and that folks, is what this coming winter season is all about.  Making sure your plant has enough gas to weather the ebb and flow of the 2014-15 Polar Vortex.  Forecasters are saying the upcoming winter will be defined by cold air and ginormous amounts of snow, numerous snow events and ice storms-for most of the contiguous United States.  Unfortunately, the northwestern portion of the US may not see much of this ...

        by Lisa Foster
        Thursday, 20 November 2014
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        Week Ending November 7th - Natural Gas Storage

          For the week ending November 7th, EIA reported an injection of 40 Bcf.  This injection was on the high end of the range of forecaster’s expectations which ranged between 36-40Bcf.  This brings the total storage balance to 3,611 Bcf, which is a deficit of 220 Bcf (-5.7%) from last year’s balance and a deficit of 237 Bcf (-6.2%) to the five-year average.  Natural gas futures advanced for 10 days, the longest run of gains in more than 14 years, amid forecasts for a blast of ...

        by Ginger Needham
        Friday, 14 November 2014
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        Polar Vortex - November 2014 Update

        The Polar Vortex is a low pressure system that is locked around the North Pole.  When pieces of the cold air mass break away from the North Pole, cold air spills south. North America is experiencing it this week.  The position of Highs and Lows determines the degree of cold air that shifts south and for how long it is allowed to flow south.   So this week, why has a large chunk of cold air moved south?  A large Bering Sea super storm, Nuri, that battered the Aleutian I ...

        by Ginger Needham
        Wednesday, 12 November 2014
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        Week Ending October 31st - Natural Gas Storage

        For the week ending 10/31, EIA reported an injection of 91 Bcf. This injection was above the range of forecaster’s expectations which ranged between 83-87Bcf. This brings the total storage balance to 3,571 Bcf, which is a deficit of 238 Bcf (-6.2%) from last year’s balance and a deficit of 261 Bcf (-6.8%) to the five-year average. The latest November weather forecasts have changed and now predict colder than normal temperatures for the eastern half of the US. The predictions for wide spread ...

        by Ginger Needham
        Thursday, 06 November 2014
      • The Difference Between kW and kWh

             What's the difference between KW and kWh? These are two very common electrical terms but most of us have a hard time really understanding what the difference is. Electric utilities charge most businesses for both the usage (kWh) component and the demand (KW) component so understanding these terms is critical. We can easily understand that the amount of electricity we use is measured in kWh (Kilowatt Hours), but what about that KW (Demand) component? Here is a simple anal ...

        by Terry Hummel
        Friday, 31 October 2014
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        Week Ending October 17th - Natural Gas Storage

          For the week ending 10/17, EIA reported an injection of 94 Bcf.  This injection was on the low end of forecaster’s expectations which ranged between 94-98 Bcf.  This brings the total storage balance to 3,393 Bcf, which is a deficit of 336 Bcf (-9%) from last year’s balance and a deficit of 338 Bcf (-9.1%) to the five-year average.  The latest 8-14 day weather forecasts continue to predict warmer than normal temperatures for most of the US.  With milder wea ...

        by Ginger Needham
        Friday, 24 October 2014
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        Week Ending October 10th - Natural Gas Storage

          For the week ending 10/10, EIA reported an injection of 94 Bcf.  This injection was higher than most forecaster’s expectations which ranged between 88-92 Bcf.  This brings the total storage balance to 3,299 Bcf, which is a deficit of 344 Bcf (-9.4%) from last year’s balance and a deficit of 362 Bcf (-9.9%) to the five-year average.  The latest 8-14 day weather forecasts continue to predict warmer than normal temperatures for most of the US.  Through the end of Oct ...

        by Ginger Needham
        Thursday, 16 October 2014
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        Week Ending October 3rd - Natural Gas Storage

            For the week ending 10/3, EIA reported an injection of 105 Bcf.  This report was lower than most forecaster’s expectations which ranged between 106-110 Bcf.  This injection brings the total storage balance to 3,205 Bcf, which is a deficit of 359 Bcf (-10.1%) from last year’s balance and a deficit of 378 Bcf (-10.5%) to the five-year average.  The latest 6-10 day and 8-14 day weather forecasts predict warmer than normal temperatures for most of the US. ...

        by Ginger Needham
        Friday, 10 October 2014
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        Natural Gas Storage - Week Ending September 26th

        Natural Gas Storage - Week Ending September 26th For the week ending 9/26, EIA reported an injection of 112 Bcf.  This report was higher than most forecaster’s expectations which ranged between 104-110 Bcf.  This injection brings the total storage balance to 3,100 Bcf, which is a deficit of 373 Bcf (-10.7%) from last year’s balance and a deficit of 399 Bcf (-11.4%) to the five-year average.   Some forecasters predict another triple digit injection for next week.  ...

        by Ginger Needham
        Thursday, 02 October 2014
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