Natural Gas and the Cold Snap

Wonder what this cold weather is doing to the cost of heating across the nation?Fortunately, the fracking boom is helping to keep the lid on natural gas prices. Wonder what this cold weather is doing to the cost of heating across the nation? Fortunately, the fracking boom is helping to keep the lid on natural […]

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Will Ratepayers Be Stuck if the Landscape Changes?

Public electric utilities: These legal monopolies get to be the only show in town in exchange for having regulators set their prices. In turn, the regulators are supposed to set fair rates that are affordable to customers and compensate power companies enough to incentivize them to do business. Public electric utilities: These legal monopolies get […]

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How will natural gas affect coal?

An interesting trend is going on in Pennsylvania. Cassandra Sweet of the Wall Street Journal reports that the Marcellus Shale is providing so much natural gas, pipeline capacity can’t keep up with shipments. The effect is that regional natural gas prices have dropped significantly below benchmark U.S. prices this year, cutting electricity costs and driving […]

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