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        Week Ending April 17th 2015 - Natural Gas Storage

        For the week ending 4/17/15, EIA reported an injection of 90 Bcf.  This injection was on the high end of the range of forecasters’ expectations which ranged between 86-90 Bcf.  This brings the total storage balance to 1,629 Bcf, which is 737 Bcf (82.6%) higher than last year’s balance and 101 Bcf (5.8%) lower than the five-year average.  Predictions for an ending balance in storage at the end of October are around 3.9 Tcf which is just above the five year average of 3.8 Tcf.&nbs ...

        by Ginger Needham
        Thursday, 23 April 2015
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        U.S. Plans to Export Natural Gas to Mexico

        Mexico has access to a lot of natural gas. Eagle Ford, located in Texas, is one of the largest shale plays in the U.S. and it doesn’t just stop at the border. It starts in Texas, on the Southeast side between Austin and Houston, and continues across the Mexican Border. There, the shale play extends into Northern Mexico’s Burgos Basin where it is known as the Boquillas Formation. But there’s a problem. Mexico can’t extract any of its natural gas.     The Boquillas Formation has c ...

        by Kyle Wolff
        Monday, 20 April 2015
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        Week Ending April 10th 2015 - Natural Gas Storage

          For the week ending 4/10/15, EIA reported an injection of 63 Bcf.  This injection was above the range of forecasters’ expectations which ranged between 48-52 Bcf.  This brings the total storage balance to 1,539 Bcf, which is 692 Bcf (81.7%) higher than last year’s balance and 145 Bcf (8.6%) lower than the five-year average.  Analysts expect that with the shoulder season well under way, milder weather and robust production in several regions should lead to bigger injectio ...

        by Ginger Needham
        Thursday, 16 April 2015
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        Attractive Hedging Opportunity for Natural Gas

          Last Thursday 4/9, the May NYMEX gas futures contract (the prompt trading month) closed at $2.528. This was the lowest prompt-month daily settlement in 33 months going back to June of 2012 when it was at $2.517. Last Friday, in our weekly Market update newsletter, we highlighted this attractive buying opportunity that is presenting itself right now to lock in your natural gas needs for this coming winter.        Think about the past couple of winters, and ...

        by Gary Collins
        Wednesday, 15 April 2015
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        PG&E Fined for Deadly Gas Explosion

        On September 9, 2010 there was a massive gas explosion in San Bruno, California. It did a lot of damage. The blast destroyed dozens of homes, injured 66 people, and killed 8 people. The cause of the gas explosion was poorly maintained pipelines which had faulty welding work that dated back to 1950. PG&E owns those pipelines. “PG&E did not have adequate records of the pipelines that they placed underground over 50 years ago,” said Sue Bullis, one of the injured victims. A decision too ...

        by Kyle Wolff
        Friday, 10 April 2015
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        Week Ending April 3rd 2015 - Natural Gas Storage

         For the week ending 4/3/15, EIA reported an injection of 15 Bcf.  This injection was above the range of forecasters’ expectations which ranged between 9-13 Bcf.  This brings the total storage balance to 1,476 Bcf, which is 651 Bcf (78.9%) higher than last year’s balance and 173 Bcf (10.5%) lower than the five-year average.  Analysts said storage deficit has been, and continues, declining. This confirms that the market is becoming better supplied on a seasonally adjusted ba ...

        by Ginger Needham
        Thursday, 09 April 2015
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        Week Ending March 27th 2015 - Natural Gas Storage

        For the week ending 3/27/15, EIA reported a withdrawal of 18 Bcf.  This withdrawal was above the range of forecasters’ expectations which ranged between 8-12 Bcf.  This brings the total storage balance to 1,461 Bcf, which is 628 Bcf (75.4%) higher than last year’s balance and 190 Bcf (11.5%) lower than the five-year average.  Predictions for an ending balance in storage at the end of March have been lowered to between 1.4 and 1.5 Tcf.  The early prediction for the next week ...

        by Ginger Needham
        Thursday, 02 April 2015
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        Increased Natural Gas Flows to the Midwest from the Northeast

          Traditionally, natural gas flows into the Midwest region from various supply sources.  The Midwest receives gas from Canada, the Rockies, the Mid-Continent, the Southeast, and most recently the Northeast region of the US. The Midwest is a major natural gas trading hub.  About 13 Bcf/d of natural gas is delivered into the Midwest via various pipelines from the sources listed above.  Only about 1 Bcf/d is consumed from local production. In addition to the deliveries into t ...

        by Ginger Needham
        Monday, 30 March 2015
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        Week Ending March 20th 2015 - Natural Gas Storage

          For the week ending 3/20/15, EIA reported an injection of 12 Bcf.  This injection was inthe range of forecasters’ expectations which ranged between 12-16Bcf.  This brings the total storage balance to 1,479 Bcf, which is 575 Bcf (63.6%) higher than last year’s balance and 194 Bcf (11.6%) lower than the five-year average.  Predictions for an ending balance in storage at the end of March have been lowered to between 1.4 and 1.5 Tcf.  The early prediction for the next w ...

        by Ginger Needham
        Thursday, 26 March 2015
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        Michigan Committee Chair Wants to End Electric Consumer Choice

        Aric Nesbitt, chairperson of Michigan’s House Energy Policy committee, introduced a bill to end 3rd party supply in Michigan. If the bill passes, consumers won't be able to pick their electric supplier anymore. Customers currently on 3rd party supply will have to return to the bundled packages their utilities offer.  Nesbitt’s proposed bill would end Michigan’s 15 years of competition in the electricity market. It would also guarantee a large majority of the sales to Mich ...

        by Kyle Wolff
        Monday, 23 March 2015
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        Natural Gas Pipeline Expansions in New England

          The last two winters New England endured volatile natural gas prices.  Natural gas prices have spiked because limited pipeline capacity in the region.  Heavy demand for natural gas during the winter months has spurred a debate over how to solve the situation.  Marcellus natural gas producers would love to deliver their supplies to this market, and new pipeline capacity needs to be built to accommodate the demand.  The problem is that this incremental deman ...

        by Ginger Needham
        Monday, 16 March 2015
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        Week Ending March 6th 2015 - Natural Gas Storage

         For the week ending 3/06/15, EIA reported a withdrawal of 198 Bcf.  This withdrawal was slightly above the range of forecasters’ expectations of188-192 Bcf.  This brings the total storage balance to 1,512 Bcf, which is 483 Bcf (46.9%) higher than last year’s balance and 225Bcf (13%) lower than the five-year average.  Predictions for an ending balance in storage at the end of March have been lowered to between 1.4 and 1.5 Tcf.  Analysts said sustained cold over the pas ...

        by Ginger Needham
        Thursday, 12 March 2015
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        Week Ending February 27th 2015 - Natural Gas Storage

         For the week ending 2/27/15, EIA reported a withdrawal of 228 Bcf.  This withdrawal was above the range of forecasters’ expectations which ranged between 222-226Bcf.  This brings the total storage balance to 1,710 Bcf, which is 492 Bcf (40.4%) higher than last year’s balance and 143Bcf (7.7%) lower than the five-year average.  Predictions for an ending balance in storage at the end of March are now between 1.5 and 1.6 Tcf.  The early prediction for next week’s storage ...

        by Ginger Needham
        Thursday, 05 March 2015
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