ISO-NE Prices Down Sharply in Q1; Generators Using Offer Flexibility
ISO-NE’s power prices dropped by more than 40% in the first quarter of 2015 thanks to lower natural gas costs, the Internal Market Monitor reported last week.
In a filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Monitor said a 43% decrease in the cost of natural gas from the previous year was largely responsible for the power price decline (ZZ15-4). Natural gas prices averaged $11.37/MMBtu, a drop from $19.95.
Day-ahead energy market prices averaged $84.84/MWh at the Massachusetts hub, down 41% from a year ago, while real-time prices averaged $81.97/MWh, a drop of 43%.
Also lower were real-time reserve payments (-80%), regulation payments (-56%) and net commitment period compensation payments (-67%).
Total wholesale market costs of $3.14 billion were down 41%. “Overall, market prices reflected the cost of providing energy, and energy market outcomes were competitive,” the Monitor said.