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Commodity Pulse: Does the EU need a new electricity market design?

November 26, 2014 (13:09)

This is the question that governments, regulators, industry and the EC are wrestling with as the EU seeks to decarbonize its energy sector while keeping the lights on. Platts editors Henry Edwardes-Evans and Siobhan Hall discuss the options.


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Venezuelan problems weighing on petcoke prices
Houston (Platts)--19 Dec 2014 253 pm EST/1953 GMT
Continued problems in Venezuela along with other bearish global sentiment weighed on spot petroleum coke prices through Friday.
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Analysis & Data Features

October 28, 2014
Chinese traders paying the Asian country's new import tax on Australian cargoes of bituminous thermal coal are attempting to pass on the expense to coal shippers in Australia, resulting in severe downward pressure on FOB prices, traders said recently.
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China thermal coal import tax to trigger cargo defaults: traders
The threat of cargo defaults is hanging squarely over the CFR China market for thermal coal, because Chinese traders are insisting on price discounts on Australian shipments to offset the added cost of Beijing's 6% import tax, said market sources October 14.

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Bids for January and February loading Newcastle 6,000 kcal/kg NAR coal were at $60.20/mt and $61/mt FOB respectively, to offers for these months at $61.75/mt and $62.65/mt, as heard through globalCOAL. The bids were lower than traded levels December 4.

Podcasts

Biomass: Industrial wood pellet market in grip of currency issue
October 30, 2014
Euro weakness against the US dollar has caused European generators to source their spot wood pellets from local suppliers rather than from the US.
Policy changes in China, Indonesia and India and their impact on Asia-Pacific coal
September 05, 2014
Platts coal team discusses policy changes in Asia-Pacific and their impact on the coal market in the region.
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The Barrel Blog

December 19, 2014
Electricity capacity markets are between a hot and a cold place, and the strains are nowhere more evident than at the PJM Interconnection.
August 22, 2014
While large companies continue to work on reducing costs, aspiring miners and developers are doing all they can merely to survive.
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