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US EPA drops a new wave album's worth of apologies about renewable fuels
March 02, 2015
The US EPA’s Chris Grundler may not be a member of Depeche Mode, but his appearance at the recent National Ethanol Conference unfolded like the British band’s discography.
US ethanol producers cast a wider net for profits through exports
February 25, 2015
After the US National Ethanol Conference, the industry sets its eye on exporting and timing production maintenance to make some use of thin margins.
What will save US condensates from being a benchwarmer in the global export game?
February 23, 2015
Brain Scheid discusses the disappointing launch of the US condensate export market and how it's similar to the 1984 NBA Draft..
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News Headlines

Argentine corn export licenses for 2014/15 season up 181% on year
Lausanne, Switzerland (Platts)--3 Mar 2015 731 am EST/1231 GMT
The Argentine government has issued corn export licenses for 22,923 million mt since the beginning of the 2014-2015 marketing year on March 1, 2014 through February 26, up 181% year on year, the Argentine Exchange Bolsa de Buenos Aires said Tuesday.
UK's oldest coal plant Uskmouth back on transmission entry capacity register
London (Platts)--3 Mar 2015 729 am EST/1229 GMT
Uskmouth coal-fired power station in Newport, south Wales is back on National Grid's Transmission Entry Capacity register, indicating possible plans to convert to biomass, market commentators told Platts Tuesday.
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Feature: OPEC Guide

February 27, 2015
Recent comments from OPEC's Nigerian president and the oil minister of top producer Saudi Arabia show just how divided the group remains after its November decision not to reduce crude output.
Also in this feature
OPEC more optimistic about own crude demand
OPEC and IEA forecasts for the week ended February 13 suggest that lower oil prices will have a significant impact on non-OPEC oil supply later this year.

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Coal Watch

How lower natgas prices, higher inventories are affecting US coal market

February 27, 2015 (7:18)

Platts and Bentek analyze recent trends in US coal production, the role of geography energy production costs, and the theoretical coal-to-gas switching potential.


Price Focus

The physical 3.5 FOB Rotterdam barge market trended higher at the prompt February 27, with RMG material leaving Europe for arbitrage destinations, traders said. "The market is getting tighter for RMG...we expect stronger pricing for barges in March," one said. At the same time, supply was sufficient for cracked fuel oil, with a lot of straight run and M-100 being blended into the finished grade pool, albeit at relatively high costs, sources said.



The Barrel Blog

March 02, 2015
The trans-Pacific partnership of China and Canada promises to diversify product access for one of the biggest oil consumers in the world, but it also comes with problems.
February 27, 2015
US ethanol and biodiesel couldn’t be further apart when it comes to their perspectives for the immediate future.
February 26, 2015
Much has been made of the domestic light sweet crude flooding US markets, and we attempted to capture some key points about Light Houston Sweet in this infographic.
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