For the week (Wednesday to Wednesday), the spot price at the Henry Hub increased 17 cents, or 2.4 percent, to $7.39 per million British thermal units (mmBtu) due to upward pressure from hot weather across much of the Lower 48 States and storm activity in the Gulf of Mexico. The hot weather increased natural gas demand to meet higher cooling requirements, and the storm activity caused shut-ins which reduced the supply of natural gas. The storm activity was the result of the first tropical storm of this year's hurricane season. The Henry Hub price was $1.04, or 16 percent, above last year's level of $6.35.
The amount of natural gas in storage in the East Region increased 5.3% for the week ending June 10 at 976 billion cubic feet which was 100 billion cubic feet above the 5-year average. Nebraska is a part of the East Region (see map) which is a major natural gas consumer, particularly in the residential and commercial sectors. The industrial sector, which includes agriculture, is also a major consumer in this state. Most of the gas is supplied from the Producing Region with a fair amount imported from Canada. The Henry Hub in southern Louisiana is a major market center with interconnections for many of the pipelines that transport U.S.-produced gas to the East Region. Furthermore, the Henry Hub is the preferred reference point for prices for most of the domestic gas destined for the East. Therefore, market conditions and developments in the East Region and price movements and trends at the Henry Hub are usually highly correlated.
Notes: An archive is available. Divide the price by ten (10) to obtain the price per hundred cubic feet (ccf) or the approximate price per therm.