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US coal markets take cues from gas, power after record-setting summer

2016-09-20 04:05:45 EST

US coal prices saw significant price boosts this summer after reaching extreme lows in May, and recent movements provide a hint as to market changes for the rest of 2016.

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London (Platts)--23 Sep 2016 832 am EDT/1232 GMT
Available gas-fired generating capacity in the UK is expected to remain curtailed early October, despite ESB's Carrington CCGT plant coming online this week, with a decline seen in the coal plant availability, which sent front-month power prices higher.
Houston (Platts)--23 Sep 2016 559 am EDT/959 GMT
The run on Seasonal NOx allowances is over in the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Market and prices have started to slip, brokers told S&P Global Platts on Thursday.
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August 02, 2016
With the EU looking to cut its transport emissions and high oil import dependency, we discuss whether biofuels or renewable electricity could really displace oil on a large scale.
June 21, 2016
As the UK votes on whether to leave the EU, we ask if UK or EU policies are more important for UK power prices.
April 15, 2016
With far-reaching changes in the EU power market design looming, and European baseload power prices heading for new lows, does nuclear have a long-term future in the EU's energy mix?
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Feature - UK Nuclear Analysis: Hinkley Point C

September 19, 2016
If Hinkley Point C proceeds, it points to a future UK generation mix heavily reliant on fixed-cost generation and provides a bleak outlook for gas-fired operators, CCS and new forms of renewables like tidal power.
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Financial risk
S&P said in May: “We believe that a decision to go ahead on the Hinkley Point C nuclear newbuild would likely lead to a one-notch rating downgrade given the embedded high execution risks and significant investment needs.”
CCS option
The UK is unlikely to have the appetite to subsidize both new nuclear and CCS, but CCS has failed on a commercial level in the UK.

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UK day-ahead power contracts rose March 21 amid stable power demand as forecasts for falling wind and solar power generation tightened surplus margins, sources said.

The Barrel Blog

September 23, 2016
The UN ICAO is poised to take a ground-breaking decision on a global market-based measure to control aviation’s greenhouse gas emissions in a matter of days.
September 02, 2016
One might expect hot weather drives demand, which in turn, translates over to power prices. However, that was not the case in many parts of the US recently.
July 27, 2016
The long-awaited final investment Decision (FID) for EDF Energy’s planned 3,200-MW Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in western England could also serve as the starting gun for a total of 16,000 MW of new nuclear capacity due to be built in the country.
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