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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.

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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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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Price Focus

Nearby tightness for December-loading high-ash Australian cargoes has put some firmness into FOB Newcastle and CFR South China thermal coal prices, which advanced during Asia trade November 24, market sources said.

The Barrel Blog

August 22, 2014
While large companies continue to work on reducing costs, aspiring miners and developers are doing all they can merely to survive.
June 12, 2014
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.
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News Headlines

London (Platts)--28 Nov 2014 935 am EST/1435 GMT
The UK's rate of thermal coal burn in September fell 22% year on year to 2.91 million mt, although it was up 94% from August's record low, according to the latest data from the Department of Energy and Climate Change late Thursday.
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