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May 27, 2015
The UK is expecting a referendum by 2017 to decide whether there should be a British exit from the EU, but how would it impact the electricity and gas market?
May 22, 2015
Pope Francis is set to weigh in on the climate change debate in what has already caused a considerable buzz, even before the message has been released.
May 21, 2015
The next 'leap second' event will occur on June 30, 2015. Will the world as we know it change in the blink of an eye?
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Higher gas demand taking some pressure off well-supplied North American markets
May 20, 2015
Pipeline maintenance and an uptick in gas-fired power generation are supporting price movements in North American spot and forwards natural gas markets.
US coal producers try to keep utilities' attention despite cheap gas
May 14, 2015
The tension between US coal producers and fuel buyers was evident at a recent conference, where the coal industry asked for help but utilities are tempted by cheap natural gas for power generation.
PRB coal users find flexibility key as power generators pressured
April 24, 2015
Powder River Basin coal buyers met recently and expressed long-term optimism that the using PRB coal would offer some stability -- including with prices.
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Gas and Power Watch - Europe

The good, the bad, and the ugly: global renewable capacity auctions analysed

April 01, 2015 (11:30)

With an auction approaching in Germany for Solar PV power, Platts editors Ross McCracken and Henry Edwardes-Evans analyze the effects of using auctions as a means of selling and procuring services in Europe and beyond.

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Mid-Atlantic dailies gained December 5 with the for-December 8 premium and firmer demand for the week ending December 12, along with an uptick in spot gas markets, terms moved up with the rally in NYMEX gas. PJM West Hub day-ahead on-peak futures gained $2 to the mid-$40/MWh for December 8 delivery on the IntercontinentalExchange. PJM West on-peak weekend packages were in the mid-$30s/MWh on ICE, with off-peak weekend packages valued in the upper $20s/MWh.

Global LNG Update Feature

December 03, 2014
Thailand's PTT is expecting its first long-term contractual delivery from Qatari supplier Qatargas in the first half of January, according to a source close to the buyer.
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January JKM unchanged again as market awaits tender results
The January JKM was unchanged again November 26, at $10.025/MMBtu.

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News Headlines

London (Platts)--29 May 2015 922 am EDT/1322 GMT
French prompt power prices edged up on Friday due to lower plant availability, with temperatures forecast to remain below the seasonal average until next Thursday, sources said.
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North American Electricity methodologyPublished December 2014

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