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Chris McGill Natural Gas Market Indicators: April 11, 2014

Net daily injections of working gas into underground storage have signaled the beginning of the 2014 storage build up, according to Bentek Energy LLC. Natural gas directed toward power generation has fallen, as it normally does during the shoulder swing from winter to summer, and overall demand has moderated, also.

If history holds to form, May and June will be very strong months for weekly storage injections and market watchers will direct their attention to the forward futures strip for a determination as to whether significant upward pressure on natural gas prices will develop as a result of summer cooling requirements and storage injections.

The Energy Information Administration is now showing an expected volume build to slightly less than 3.5 Tcf prior to the beginning of the 2014-15 winter heating season. So many prognostications – now we will see which expectations actually materialize.

Visit this link to download the full Natural Gas Market Indicators report. Topics covered in this week’s report include: Reported Prices, Weather, Working Gas in Underground Storage, Natural Gas Production, Shale Gas, Rig Counts, Pipeline Imports and Exports, and LNG Markets.

Please direct questions and comments to Chris McGill at cmcgill@aga.org or Richard Meyer at rmeyer@aga.org.

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Chris McGill Natural Gas Market Indicators: February 28, 2014

Natural gas March futures closed at $6.09 per MMBtu on February 19 and went even higher afterwards before falling once again. This could seem like a dramatic rise and psychological threshold for natural gas prices, but there are some important facts to keep in mind for context. First, it has been a very cold winter with persistent low temperatures. Records for highest month, week and day for total natural gas consumption were in January.

This January also saw the highest winter-month electricity load, ever. For its part, natural gas volumes to power generation for a January were the highest ever recorded, also. February natural gas demand is 8.6 percent above last year while storage volumes are 35 percent below the five-year average. With that said, winter price movements have been muted compared to history when similar piled-on events have occurred. What then is our takeaway? That the nation’s natural gas supply portfolio, so far, has handled persistent cold and major weather events very well.

Visit this link to download the full Natural Gas Market Indicators report. Topics covered in this week’s report include: Reported Prices, Weather, Working Gas in Underground Storage, Natural Gas Production, Shale Gas, Rig Counts, Pipeline Imports and Exports, and LNG Markets.

Please direct questions and comments to Chris McGill at cmcgill@aga.org or Richard Meyer at rmeyer@aga.org.

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Christina Nyquist Natural Gas by the Numbers: 10 Facts from the 2014 AGA Playbook

The American Gas Association’s (AGA) updated Playbook for 2014 is hot off the presses and filled with the latest facts and information about natural gas and how it is delivered to more than 71 million homes and businesses throughout the United States. Here are 10 facts from the 2014 AGA Playbook that can help you navigate today’s energy conversation and understand the role natural gas can play in a clean, secure and affordable future.

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  • America has access to more domestic natural gas than ever before. The estimated future supply of natural gas has more than doubled for the period 1990-2012 average. The United States has 2,718 trillion cubic feet of accessible natural gas. This is enough to meet America’s diverse energy needs for more than 100 years.

Economic Benefits

  • Low natural gas prices are expected to increase real disposable income per household by approximately $2,000 in 2015 and more than $3,500 by 2025.
  • 3 million American jobs are supported by the natural gas industry.
  • Greater use of natural gas in transportation will help improve our economy, our environment and our energy security. On average, compressed natural gas costs 52 percent less than gasoline.

Expanding and Enhancing Infrastructure

  • Natural gas utilities operate the safest energy delivery system in the nation and are committed to continually enhancing that record. Natural gas utilities spend more than $19 billion annually to help enhance the safety of the more than 2.4 million miles of natural gas distribution and transmission systems they operate.
  • There are nearly 1.3 million miles of plastic pipe – the leading edge of advanced utility pipeline materials. In the past decade, natural gas utilities have installed updated plastic pipelines at a rate of 30,000 miles per year.
  • More than 15 states have adopted or are currently considering innovative proposals to expand natural gas systems, and that number is quickly growing.

Natural Gas is Clean and Efficient

  • Natural gas systems accounted for 75 percent of the decline in U.S. methane emissions from 2007 to 2011, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Emissions from natural gas distribution pipelines have been reduced by 16 percent in the past decade. Only 0.3 percent of produced natural gas is emitted from systems operated by local natural gas utilities.
  • The direct use of natural gas in America’s homes and businesses achieves 92 percent energy efficiency, and a household with natural gas vs. all-electric appliances produces 37 percent lower greenhouse gas emissions.

Check out the complete 2014 AGA Playbook for more facts and to request hard copies, and visit www.aga.org to learn even more about America’s natural gas utilities.

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Chris McGill Natural Gas Market Indicators: February 13, 2014

A number of winter season records were set in January 2014, including volumes directed to power generation. According to Bentek Energy LLC, average daily consumption of natural gas for power of 21.4 Bcf in January was an all-time high for the month, as was the volume of 31.1 Bcf for a single day of gas-fired generation on January 7. These facts point to the institutional load increases that are building for power generation within the natural gas energy sector.

Even price has not adversely impacted the growth in gas to power generation during winter months, inasmuch as February 2014 Henry Hub cash has averaged about $5.84, which is higher than February 2012 and 2013 cash prices by 141 and 75 percent, respectively, according to Bentek Energy LLC. In addition, January 2014 exhibited the highest electric load for a winter month ever required from all generation sources, according to Bentek.

Visit this link to download the full Natural Gas Market Indicators report. Topics covered in this week’s report include: Reported Prices, Weather, Working Gas in Underground Storage, Natural Gas Production, Rig Counts, Pipeline Imports and Exports, and LNG Markets.

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