Columnists: Jim Moore, PhD

Jim Moore, PhD, is president of the Energy Research Council. ERC manages a portfolio of primary research programs and databases that evaluate energy prices, procurement practices and management strategies.

Moore has been CEO of several research companies including TDC, a subsidiary of International Thomson; Highline Financial, a Thomson-Reuters company; and Mentis Corporation, which was acquired by Gartner Group. He has also served as executive director of The Global Futures Forum, an international think tank, and as managing director of Gartner Group’s Global Financial Services practice.

ERC Price Benchmark Trends Week Ending: November 25, 2016

Shifting to a January 2017 contract start date, ERC’s national average benchmark price for electricity declined week-over-week by 1.3%, to $0.0717 per kilowatt hour (kWh). The biggest drop in prices last week occurred in the District of Columbia (-3.0%), Delaware (-2.6%), and New Jersey (-2.6%). By contrast, prices increased in Texas (+1.3%). Month-over-month, competitive electricity   …Continue Reading


ERC Price Benchmark Trends Week Ending: November 18, 2016

The national average benchmark price for a December 2016 electricity contract remained virtually unchanged last week at $0.0726 per kilowatt hour (kWh). The biggest decline in electricity prices last week occurred in Delaware (-2.3%), and to a lesser extent in the District of Columbia (-1.1%). By contrast, prices increased notably in Connecticut (1.9%) and New   …Continue Reading


ERC Price Benchmark Trends Week Ending: November 11, 2016

The national average benchmark price for a December 2016 electricity contract dropped substantially last week (-2.6%) to $0.0722 per kilowatt hour (kWh). Electricity prices have fluctuated marginally over the past month while gas prices have plummeted. This past week looks like electricity prices have finally moved more in line with the downward trend we have   …Continue Reading


ERC Price Benchmark Trends Week Ending: November 4, 2016

The national average benchmark price last week for a December 2016 electricity contract increased only slightly (+0.4%) to $0.0741 per kilowatt hour (kWh). In a period with a handful of slight declines, and mostly mild gains, Texas again saw the largest price decline of 1.83%, to $0.0410/kWh, which is still 0.55% higher than this time   …Continue Reading


ERC Price Benchmark Trends Week Ending: October 28, 2016

Following a 19% plunge in natural gas prices over the past two weeks, the Energy Research Council national average benchmark price for retail electricity dropped by 1.0% last week to $0.0738 per kilowatt hour (kWh).  Texas posted the biggest price decline last week, falling 2.5% to $0.0418/kWh. Texas electricity prices, however, are still almost 4%   …Continue Reading


ERC Price Benchmark Trends Week Ending: October 21, 2016

Moving to a December 2016 prompt month, the Energy Research Council national average benchmark price for retail electricity held steady last week at $0.0746 per kilowatt hour (kWh). Prices in several states, however, did shift somewhat. In Texas, the average benchmark price jumped 1.5% last week to a level 4% higher than a month ago.   …Continue Reading


ERC Price Benchmark Trends Week Ending: October 14, 2016

After several weeks of decline, the Energy Research Council national average benchmark price for retail electricity increased 0.63% last week to $0.0742 per kilowatt hour (kWh). The biggest increase last week was in Texas, where the average benchmark price jumped 3.64 percent. During the past month, Texas electricity prices have shot up 4.18 percent. In   …Continue Reading


ERC Price Benchmark Trends Week Ending: October 7, 2016

The Energy Research Council national average benchmark price for retail electricity dropped again last week (-0.45%) to $0.0738 per kilowatt hour (kWh). Bucking the downward trend, only Texas electricity prices rose last week, by 1.47 percent. The biggest week-over-week price decline last week was in New York (-1.11%). New York prices are now -2.54% lower   …Continue Reading


ERC Price Benchmark Trends Week Ending: September 30, 2016

The Energy Research Council national average benchmark price last week for a November 2016 electricity contract remained virtually unchanged (-0.21%) from the previous week at $0.0741 per kilowatt hour (kWh). While most deregulated markets had little week-over-week fluctuation in their average benchmark price, Texas posted a significant decline of -2.35%, to $0.0402 per kilowatt hour.   …Continue Reading


ERC Price Benchmark Trends Week Ending: September 23, 2016

Short-Term Price Benchmark Trends Based on a contract start date of November 2016, the national average benchmark price for retail electricity last week was $0.0741 per kilowatt hour (kWh). Price fluctuations were minimal in each deregulated market, except Texas, which increased 1.2% last week to $0.0407/kWh. However, the Lone Star State remains the market with the lowest electricity   …Continue Reading