We are starting the New Year with good news. From December 21, 2012 to January 3, 2013 natural gas and electricity prices fell. For this 14-day report period the average 12-month price for natural gas on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) fell 5.6% and the 12-month average price for peak power on the PJM fell 4.4%.
Almost everyone attributes this price drop to the new weather forecast released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAH). The forecast for the next 6-14 days calls for warmer-than-normal temperatures east of the Mississippi.
This warm weather forecast, along with the fact that December 2012 was 23% warmer than normal, placed downward pressure on energy prices last month.
For the near term all eyes are focused on the weather. The traditional heating season runs from November 1 to March 31. However, the two coldest months of the year are on the way. For now it looks like January will be warmer than normal, which will be beneficial to your energy budgets. Stay tuned.