Major Producers Enjoy 4Q Gas Price Recovery

Higher oil and gas prices spurred industry leaders ExxonMobiland Chevron to large leaps in fourth quarter 1999 earnings over thedepressed 4Q 1998. The two companies reported fourth quarterrealized U.S. natural gas prices up about 50 cents/Mcf over 4Q 1998and the full year average up about 15 cents over 1998. Unocal,Texaco and Conoco also enjoyed significant price appreciationfourth quarter over fourth quarter, although not as much gainyear-to-year.

January 31, 2000

Chilly Northeast Leads Recovery From Weekend Declines

The cash market made a strong rebound Monday from the weekend’sprice plunge as nearly every point rose by 15 cents or more. Inmost cases the gains did not recover all of the price territorythat had been lost Friday. However, the Northeast—one of the fewregions seeing any weather close to resemblingwinter —didmanage to make up for just about all of Friday’s citygate declines.

November 16, 1999

Cash Keeps Tumbling Despite Screen Rebound

October futures managed to achieve a moderately strong recoveryFriday but apparently there was too much negative baggage left overfrom Thursday’s quarter-plus plunge to support cash. Physical gasprices continued their downhill slide, buffeted by the combinationof weak holiday weekend demand and mild weather virtuallyeverywhere. “Cash just didn’t stand a chance today,” a marketersaid.

September 7, 1999

ProvGas Touts Cost Recovery Program

Under the “Energize RI” program, Providence Gas Co. (ProvGas)has been awarded $2.45 million by the Rhode Island Public UtilitiesCommission (PUC) for losses attributable to external forces theutility experienced last winter. The original request was grantedby the the PUC’s Division of Public Utilities and Carriers (theDivision) in March but it was subject to PUC approval.

June 7, 1999

ProvGas Touts Cost Recovery Program

Under the “Energize RI” program, Providence Gas Co. (ProvGas)was awarded $2.45 million Wednesday by the Rhode Island PublicUtilities Commission (PUC) for losses attributable to externalforces the utility experienced last winter. The original requestwas granted by the the PUC’s Division of Public Utilities andCarriers (the Division) in March but it was subject to PUCapproval.

June 3, 1999

Dumping SFV May be Panacea for Industry

Abandoning straight-fixed variable rate design (SFV) in favor ofone that would permit recovery of some pipeline fixed costs in theusage rate would resolve a lot of the competitive concerns raisedby FERC in its mega-notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) and noticeof inquiry (NOI), New York regulators and a coalition of utilitiessaid in separate, yet complementary filings last week.

February 8, 1999

AGA Expects Major Market Recovery in 1999

With a little holiday cheer, the American Gas Association handedout an extremely optimistic 1999 gas consumption forecast last weekas a gift to those whose spirits may be down with gas demand thisChristmas season. The association told those attending its year-endreview conference in Washington, D.C. to expect 5% growth inconsumption in 1999, led by a 13% increase in the residentialsector and a 6.8% jump in the commercial sector. This rosy glow,however, would be fueled by normal weather, something that’s beenin short supply over the past year. Given above normal wintertemperatures next year (10% fewer heating degree days) and severalother negative factors such as $10/bbl oil prices, AGA expects an0.4% drop in gas demand.

December 21, 1998

Case Involving Iroquois Legal Costs Remanded

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals remanded an order in whichFERC denied Iroquois Gas Transmission System L.P the recovery oflegal costs stemming from the criminal and civil investigationsinto environmental violations associated with the construction ofpipeline facilities in the early 1990s.

July 22, 1998

Anticipated Price Upticks Finally Materialize

It took a while longer than many traders had counted on, but thewidely expected recovery from last Thursday’s falling pricesfinally came to pass Wednesday. The upticks were broadly based butdiverse, ranging from 2-5 cents at many Gulf Coast and Midcontinentpoints to 10-15 cents in the California market.

July 9, 1998
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