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Houston (Platts)--13 Jan 2017 537 pm EST/2237 GMT
The optimism prevalent through the US Central Appalachian coal industry heading into the New Year has started to temper as an expected cold January has failed to materialize.
Singapore (Platts)--13 Jan 2017 221 am EST/721 GMT
China imported 26.84 million mt of coal in December, including lignite, thermal and metallurgical material, down 0.5% from November but up 52.2% year on year, according to preliminary data released Friday by China's General Administration of Customs.
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Feature: US Election 2016 and Trump administration

January 03, 2017
Former FERC enforcement officials are not expecting the change in administration to greatly impact the commission's watchdog role, but new commissioners could bring nuanced views of what constitutes market manipulation.
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The US CFTC acted unanimously to re-propose regulations setting position limits, meant to head off excessive speculation in 25 physical commodity futures and swaps markets.

The Barrel Blog

December 23, 2016
Holiday lights add a significant additional level of electricity demand during the start of winter when cold weather is already driving up load.
November 28, 2016
The recent spate of plans for coal-fired power plants in Sub-Saharan Africa has generated opposition on environmental grounds.
November 15, 2016
Since the victory of US President-elect Donald Trump last week, businesses and governments have been working overtime to try to discern exactly what his presidency might mean for a range of important policy areas.
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Price Focus

Thermal coal cargoes from various origins were finding their way into India to compete against South African coal, prices of which have remained at elevated levels, sources said March 21. A north India-based trader said Indian buyers were receiving offers from a wider range of origins, including Canada.


Proposed EU ban on coal in power capacity schemes to have little impact in NWE
December 09, 2016
- S&P Global Platts editors on how coal plant capacity in NWE is set to fall at least 30% to under 54 GW by 2025, and who benefits most from capacity mechanisms.
Coal prices wait on China production and winter severity
November 25, 2016
- We discuss recent moves in European and Asian thermal coal markets, from the rapid increase in Australia Newcastle 6000 NAR coal prices, to the more recent price retreat and where the market might head next.
The changing gas and power landscape under Trump
November 10, 2016
- It's a much different picture for American natural gas, coal and power than just a few days ago as the US energy industry eyes a future under President-elect Donald Trump.
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