In the fall of 2018, the month of November brought below-normal temperatures to several parts of North America, resulting in some of the highest heating degree days in several years. In November 2019, the same phenomenon occurred, with temperatures as cold as in 2018, and even more so on some days.
The winter of 2019–2020 started with a different trend, with warmer-than-normal temperatures in December 2019 and January 2020. However, this new trend is not expected to last, with below-normal temperatures expected again in February.
That being said, and pending what the actual temperatures will be, the current winter should be different from the 2018–2019 winter mainly for two reasons.
First, due to a narrowing of the gap between natural gas production and consumption levels in the United States. In November and December 2019, U.S. natural gas production was up 7.2% compared with 2018, and U.S. domestic consumption was up 5.3% over 2018. This gap in growth helps reduce the pressure on continental prices.
The second factor that will distinguish the 2019–2020 winter from that of 2018–2019 is the total storage level. The level of storage recorded in the United States at the end of 2019 was 18.5% higher than that recorded at the end of 2018, and was between the historical minimums and maximums.
As announced in the October 2019 Bulletin, Énergir has been offering a new grant since the beginning of January 2020 for its industrial customers who implement an energy management system (EMS). The grant, which can total $350,000, is divided into four distinct phases, which are spread over several years depending on your projects.
Bear in mind that Énergir offers its customers technical assistance throughout this process of continuous improvement. Feel free to contact your Énergir advisor with any questions about this new grant, or consult your Participant’s Guide.