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August 11, 2014 (3:02)
In the US a railroad backlog and winter's frigid temperatures are threatening coal-fired power plants' reliability. Andrew Moore, managing editor of Platts Coal Trader, examines the effect on prices.
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Weekly US coal carloads notch highest total of the year: AAR
Houston (Platts)--21 Aug 2014 456 pm EDT/2056 GMT
US railroads delivered 118,954 coal carloads for the week that ended Saturday, the highest total so far this year, and the most carloads since the last week of August 2013, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday.
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Will US coal be left out in the cold this winter?
August 21, 2014 - Platts editor Andrew Moore explains how prices for Powder River Basin and Central Appalachian coal didn't react quite as expected this winter, and now transportation issues are compounding issues for utilities.
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Turkey targets 50% power generating capacity hike by 2023
August 11, 2014 - Assessing the need for 100 GW of installed power in Turkey by 2023, with demand forecast to more than double during this period.
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Guest blog: El Niño: ¿Dónde está el dinero?
Jodie M. Gunzberg, the global head of commodity indices at S&P Dow Jones Indices, looks at the possibility of an El Nino weather system developing and what it means for commodities.
Ukraine's iron ore and coal shipments continue as usual
Ukraine's producers and consumers of steelmaking raw materials are so far unaffected by the political and social crisis in the country and continue to trade inbound and outbound as usual.
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News Features

MISO summer price outlook uncertain
May 20, 2014
Traders in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator face plenty of uncertainty over summer price trends, although on the whole, prices are likely to be higher than they were in the summer of 2013.
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Industry Solution Papers Library

Special Report: Can shale gale save the naphtha crackers?
According to a report from Platts unit Bentek, over the five-year period to 2016, the development of shale gas exploration in the United States is expected to increase natural gas liquids production by more than 40%. Jim Foster examines the how the changing dynamics of NGL product might play out for naphtha crackers.
The Rise of Futures in International Coal Markets
The evolution of a traded futures market in the international thermal coal sector could not have been timelier (published July 2009).
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