March 2016, Vol. 243, No. 3

Features

Weather, Ample Supply Tamp Down Northeast Winter Natural Gas Prices

Wholesale natural gas and power prices in the Northeast United States remained relatively low this winter, absent the large spikes that have occurred during recent winters. A combination of increased deliveries of liquefied natural gas (LNG) into the region, a fuel adequacy winter reliability program, and the warmest winter on record helped to keep prices low and stable. Day-ahead peak period electricity prices at the Massachusetts Hub peaked at $66 per megawatt hour (MWh) this winter, down from peaks of $211/MWh during the previous winter (2014-15) and $438/MWh the winter before that (2013-14). Prices in New York City peaked at $71/MWh this winter, down from highs of $223/MWh during winter

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