October 2019, Vol. 246, No. 10

Northeast Energy

Price Spikes in New England Limited by Natural Gas

It seems like each winter we see consumers in New England suffering not just from freezing temperatures but also the highest energy prices in the country – largely because there’s not enough natural gas infrastructure to serve the region during periods of peak winter demand. This past winter, the news was a little bit better. Natural gas prices generally follow seasonal patterns and tend to rise in the winter. For example, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has suggested that liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports  helped to moderate energy price spikes in the region this year. EIA’s charts below compare LNG deliveries to New England and daily regional spot prices for the winters

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