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November 24, 2015
The US' CO2 emissions for 2015 are projected by the EIA to total 5.424 billion mt, a 0.3% rise over 2014, but still one of the lowest levels in the past 16 years.
October 30, 2015
Two days before Halloween and as most of the New York Mets’ bats continued to show lifelessness in the World Series, news of a bat brought a timely dose of fear and humor to ERCOT.
October 09, 2015
China's restrictions on the import, sale or use of higher-sulfur petroleum coke is likely to tighten the supply of anode-grade petcoke for the aluminum industry, analysts say.
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Top 250 Energy Company Rankings 2015: a game-changing year

October 27, 2015 (3.06)

Robert Perkins analyses how seismic shifts in world energy production and consumption have impacted Platts Top 250 Energy Company Rankings for 2015. He also assesses the difficult financial outlook many energy companies now face because of the steep downturn in oil prices.


October 21, 2015
Much to the dismay of companies across the oil, power, gas, and agriculture sectors, the EU's new Markets in Financial Instruments legislation (MiFID II) is a policy that could add billions to cost of trading commodities.
September 30, 2015
Will autumn continue the trend of strong natural gas burn in the power sector but so much gas supply across the US that it weighs on prices?
September 09, 2015
Platts thermal coal editors examine the factors pressuring CIF ARA paper prices and what has caused the curve to move into backwardation.
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News & Data Feature: Global Nuclear Performance Analysis

June 22, 2015
World nuclear generation tracked by Platts in 2014 rose 1% compared to 2013, the first annual gain since 2011's Fukushima accident curbed global nuclear output sharply.
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2014 nuclear power generating trends
The biggest increase in output was in the Netherlands, where nuclear output from the country's single plant climbed 42% in 2014.
Gross nuclear generation by nation
The number of operable units globally has declined from 441 in 2010 to 429 in 2014, triggered by retirements in Germany, Japan and the US.

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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.

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London (Platts)--26 Nov 2015 852 am EST/1352 GMT
French prompt power prices fell Thursday after demand forecasts for Friday and into next week were revised lower amid an expected increase in wind generation in France and Germany, sources said.
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