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Feature: Solar generation gains ground in US
April 08, 2014
The US Treasury Department's cash reimbursement program for renewable power generation passed a milestone, disbursing more than $20 billion.
Banks Back Out of Energy Trading
March 24, 2014
JP Morgan Chase is selling its physical commodities trading operations to Swiss-based merchant trading firm Mercuria for $3.5 billion, and it's not the only financial institution backing out of energy markets due to regulatory pressures and falling revenues.
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Commodity Pulse Videos

March 25, 2014 (3:43 mins)
Brazil is expecting a massive surge in power demand during the 2014 World Cup, and is already increasing its LNG imports in advance of the summer tournament, as Desmond Wong explains.
February 21, 2014 (8:55)
Platts editors analyze the structural shifts that have occurred in the base metals complex; the return to supply and demand fundamentals in copper; and the disconnect between prices in the physical and futures aluminum markets.
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News Headlines

US House Republicans seek details from FERC on grid security
Washington (Platts)--18 Apr 2014 555 pm EDT/2155 GMT
Republicans in the US House of Representatives are asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to provide documents relating to grid security in response to a Department of Energy Inspector General report finding that FERC failed to properly protect key information about grid vulnerabilities.
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Podcasts

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Interview - navigating dramatic change in the German power market
March 27, 2014 - Graham Weale, RWE AG, on German power market supply, demand and wholesale price dynamics; prospects for a German capacity mechanism.
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Italian storage system inches towards further liberalization
March 18, 2014 - Examining a recent reform of storage rules in Italy that introduces auctions to allocate capacity, in light of narrowing summer-winter spreads.
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Blogs

Japan eyes new business opportunity from Fukushima experience
The robotics technology being developed to probe and remove Fukushima’s melted core fuel rods could benefit ordinary decommissioning, not just severely damaged reactors.
Big numbers for New England electricity auction might not be enough to bring new capacity
Many generators cheered the recent results of ISO New England’s forward capacity auction. The market cleared at what one analyst called an “astonishing” price of $15/kW-month. That is five times the clearing price in the last year’s auction.
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Industry Solution Papers Library

Special Report: Can shale gale save the naphtha crackers?
According to a report from Platts unit Bentek, over the five-year period to 2016, the development of shale gas exploration in the United States is expected to increase natural gas liquids production by more than 40%. Jim Foster examines the how the changing dynamics of NGL product might play out for naphtha crackers.
Renewable Energy Certificates
Learn more about the REC markets and how market participants can use an independent source of REC pricing data by reading our latest special report (published April 2012).
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