EIA’s STEO Predicts NatGas Price Constant This Year, Up Next Year

Yesterday the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released their monthly Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) report. It contains some interesting predictions. Among them: EIA predicts the average Henry Hub price for natural gas in 2016, when the year is completed, will end up being $2.65 per million British thermal units (MMBtu). The average price for 2015 at the Henry Hub was $2.63/MMBtu–so the EIA believes this year will be virtually unchanged from last year, when the final chapter is written. The EIA goes on to predict the average HH price in 2017 will be $3.22/MMBtu. Another interesting prediction in this month’s STEO: EIA says natural gas’ share of the electric generation pie will actually fall–with natgas generating 33% of all electricity in 2015 to 31% in 2017. Why? More renewable sources coming online…

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