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Belgium nuclear outages add risk premium to forward power contracts

December 19, 2014 (6:36)

Siobhan Hall discusses how the dramatic fall in Asian gas prices is bringing more LNG to the French market; how Europe will attract more LNG when European spot gas prices exceed Platts JKM netback values; and also at how the Belgian power market is coping with severe nuclear power supply shortages this winter.

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UK POWER: Weak wind, cold temperatures drive Monday prices higher
London (Platts)--24 Dec 2014 1039 am EST/1539 GMT
UK baseload and peakload power for Monday delivery were higher on Wednesday, trading above the price of power for Wednesday delivery, on weakening wind power generation and colder-than-expected temperatures.
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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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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.
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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The Barrel Blog

December 19, 2014
Electricity capacity markets are between a hot and a cold place, and the strains are nowhere more evident than at the PJM Interconnection.
November 28, 2014
Lots more distributed generation of electricity -- solar, wind, etc. -- and lots more variable power sources moving across utility grids means new issues for utilities.
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North American Electricity methodologyPublished December 2014

This statement of methodology for Platts' North American electricity includes detailed information on the submission of price data from market participants, the formation of indexes and assessments, and the publication of index-related information, including volumes and deal counts.

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