Chesapeake Energy Corp.’s shareholders were cheering last week after the company delivered a solid quarterly earnings report and outlines of a new strategy to live within cash flow, ending its longstanding mode of capturing leasehold to focus on developing only the best plays in the portfolio.
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Resolution of proposed penalties of up to $2.25 billion for San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) may not come this year after a state regulatory administrative law judge (ALJ) asked for additional data on how any eventual penalties might affect finances. In addition, the specter of a criminal case has emerged.
This year’s unseasonably cool summer in parts of the eastern United States and a natural gas supply glut brought on by the country’s shale production boom are continuing to put downward pressure on natural gas prices, as evidenced byNGI’s August Bidweek Survey. The national spot gas average for the month dropped 21 cents from July to average $3.45/MMBtu.
With screen prices at a three-month low it’s no surprise that July bidweek came in a bit soft.NGI’s National Spot Gas Average for July bidweek came in at $3.66, a 48-cent decline from June 2013, but 94 cents higher than the July 2012 bidweek average.
NGI Daily Price Index reported last week that Potomac ElectricPower Co. hoped to sell nearly all of its power generationfacilities — with an estimated capacity of at about 6,055 MW —for an “upside price” of about $3 million. Pepco later correctedthe figure to $3 billion. Pepco further said it hoped to narrow thefield of serious bidders to between six and a dozen by March.
In NGI’s story, “El Paso Pulls Off FTC-Required Sellathon” inthe previous issue (see NGI, Jan. 10), it is erroneously statedthat CMS Energy Corp. purchased both the Sea Robin pipeline and ashare of the Destin Pipeline from El Paso Energy. CMS onlypurchased Sea Robin whereas the Destin Pipeline was sold to anundisclosed party. NGI regrets the error.