Weekly Energy Market Update September 3, 2013

Posted September 3, 2013 | By Hans Rottmann

Please visit the Direct Energy Business online customer education center, Energy Insights, to view the Weekly Energy Market Update for September 3, 2013 from Hans Rottmann, Senior Manager, Market Intelligence.

The following is a summary of last week’s market activity and the market outlook.


Pennsylvania continues national leadership role in energy

Posted August 30, 2013 | By Ron Cerniglia

Pennsylvania’s Public Utility Commission (PAPUC) and its staff continue to take steps to transition its electricity market into one of the most robust in the nation. Some customers are receiving more value for their energy dollar and have the option to participate in innovative products and services such as Free Power Days and half off nights and weekends – both not envisioned in a traditionally regulated, vertically integrated market.

Policy makers, the competitive supplier community and other stakeholders are recognizing the significant efforts by the PAPUC. Since the enactment of the Electricity Generation Choice & Competition Act, 2.1 million customers have switched, representing 66% of total electricity usage being provided by competitive suppliers. This transition has successfully occurred with utilities continuing to provide delivery services, and seamlessly responding to outages or other service emergencies as they had done prior to restructuring the market.


2013 Wildfires: How they impact energy market pricing

Posted August 28, 2013 | By Chris Dubay

With September being the busiest month for the Atlantic’s hurricane season, the West Coast braces itself for another season: Wildfire Season. Both seasons have something in common: they have the ability to affect energy market pricing.

Wildfire season begins when firefighters have the appropriate equipment and personnel in place to battle the toughest wildfires. This is typically in May, when grasses and other vegetation at lower elevations begin to dry out. Just as hurricane season is expected to be busier than normal, so, too, is the wildfire season in the western U.S. California is facing its driest year since accurate records began in 1895, with 98% of the state now in a drought.


Hans Rottmann comments on Utica Shale processing plant

Posted August 27, 2013 | By Hans Rottmann

This morning, the Pittsburgh Business Times published an article about a natural gas processing plant for the Utica Shale that is up and running. I want to quickly comment on its impact to the region.

All signs continue to point toward prolific growth of shale gas production in the Northeast. It’s almost impossible not to find an article related to shale gas in the local newspapers in Pittsburgh, PA. As you may have seen, there are many articles about shale including growing production and in turn, job growth, as well as environmental concerns.


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