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Commodity Pulse: Does the EU need a new electricity market design?

November 26, 2014 (13:09)

This is the question that governments, regulators, industry and the EC are wrestling with as the EU seeks to decarbonize its energy sector while keeping the lights on. Platts editors Henry Edwardes-Evans and Siobhan Hall discuss the options.

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German prompt power prices rebound on less wind, drop in temperatures
London (Platts)--28 Nov 2014 836 am EST/1336 GMT
German prompt power prices rebounded Friday as wind power was forecast to fall back from peaks above 15 GW to more average levels for the start of December, which will also see a sharp drop in temperatures, lifting demand across the region, according to sources.
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Global LNG Update Feature

November 19, 2014
LNG and a "truly integrated energy market in Europe" are keys to providing security of supply in Europe, a US government official said in a phone briefing.
Also in this feature
Brazil LNG backlog due to moves to ensure Northeast supply
A growing queue of LNG carriers offshore in north-eastern Brazil is likely.
BC sets electric power rates for LNG projects
British Columbia officials on November 4 announced they have set rates for LNG projects to connect to BC Hydro's electrical grid.

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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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Charting Tool

ERCOT December forwards were weaker on Nov 24 as NYMEX gasfutures dropped 11.5 cents to around $4.151/MMBtu, ERCOT North on-peak December on-peak shed $1 to about $38.25/MWh on the IntercontinentalExchange at around 2:30 p.m.EST. December on-peak heat rates increased 25 Btu/kWh on ICE. January-February 2015 lost 75 cents to around $43.25/MWh on ICE. March-April 2014 added 25 cents to about $41.25/MWh.

The Barrel Blog

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.
October 23, 2014
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.
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