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October 27, 2014 (4:29)
James O'Connell explains how Chinese imports of Indonesian coal appear to be shifting while Australian coal may find some reprieve from coming Chinese regulations.
October 21, 2014 (15:44)
Henry Edwardes-Evans, associate director for European power, talks with Ross McCracken, managing editor of Energy Economist, about the future of renewable electric power in Europe, which is technically feasible but could require major changes to the business models on which the industry is currently based.
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France trying to identify owner of drones illegally flown over nuclear plants
London (Platts)--30 Oct 2014 954 am EDT/1354 GMT
The French government is attempting to identify the owner or owners of drone aircraft that were illegally flown over seven of EDF's French nuclear plants this month, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Thursday.
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Platts: 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.
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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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UK power margins tighten further for winter, but gas stocks high
A fire broke out October 19 at the UK's Didcot B gas-fired power station, in the latest of a series of unexpected problems that have considerably tightened the margin of spare supply available to the country's electricity market this winter.
Keeping the electricity flowing in Europe and the UK…or at least trying
Among the many brilliant and baffling woodcuts by the Dutch artist MC Escher is a depiction of what appears to be a triangle made of three sections of wood, which is in fact an impossible construct owing to the way the joints appear to fit together.
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Japanese power generators hold high LNG inventory
September 24, 2014
Japanese power companies have been building LNG storage since early this year, and now their spot appetite has weakened for the shoulder months, an analysis by Platts showed.
EPA CO2 rules could boost nuclear power
June 25, 2014
The Environmental Protection Agency's recently released plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants could provide a boost to nuclear power.
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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.
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