Massachusetts electricity rates

Massachusetts Natural Gas Price Volatility

Massachusetts is known for its celebrated history, rich culture, beautiful scenery, and the indomitable spirit of its residents.  However, like most of New England, Massachusetts experiences significant price volatility when it comes to natural gas.  There are a number of factors contributing to this scenario including extreme weather, the lack of pipeline capacity coming into […]

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electricity rates

Electricity Rates and Generation Fuel Mix

Residential electricity rates are largely dictated by power generation fuel costs. The United States boasts a diverse generation fuel mix. In 2013, electricity was sourced from coal (39%), natural gas (28%), nuclear (19%), hydroelectric (7%), and renewable (6%) generation resources. However, electric generation sources vary widely across the country. Regional Generation Varies Washington State, for […]

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Marcellus Shale

Overview of Shale Gas Production

Natural gas is undoubtedly the superstar of U.S. domestic hydrocarbon resources.  First, it is relatively abundant with proven reserves in excess of 318 trillion cubic feet.  Second, it is the cleanest burning fossil fuel used in electric generation with carbon emissions about half that of coal.  Finally, residential customers can directly use natural gas for […]

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Space heating efficiency

Natural Gas Fireplace Efficiency

It seems that every winter the debate arises over whether or not it is a good idea to use gas fireplaces for residential heating.  Gas fireplaces account for 10% of all U.S. residential natural gas consumption.  Among residential natural gas end-uses, fireplaces rank lower than gas furnaces and water heaters but well-ahead cooking and clothes […]

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Natural gas suppliers

Natural Gas Bill Components

Natural gas is one of the most popular fuels available for residential energy customers.  The most common residential uses of natural gas are for space heating, water heating, fireplaces, cooking and clothes drying.  According us the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 55% of all households use natural gas as fuel source.  Because space heating is the […]

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