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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.
October 01, 2015
From mid-August to mid-September, the availability of wind generation in the most heavily-stocked market did a virtual U-turn.
September 25, 2015
While the big players are getting serious on emissions reductions, there are still potential sticking points in the negotiations.
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US natural gas industry tries to look to prices, demand beyond shoulder season
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?
CIF ARA year-ahead thermal coal swaps slip to record lows
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.
Can CCS technology help US coal in the era of the Clean Power Plan?
August 21, 2015
The Clean Power Plan has many US coal producers unnerved and power generators considering if it's worth making coal-fired generation more compliant with stricter carbon emissions standards.
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Gas and Power Watch - Europe

Offshore wind power costs fall in Europe, but will they hit the magic number?

August 20, 2015 (08:37)

Costs are coming down for offshore wind technology, but, as Henry Edwardes-Evans and Anuradha Ramanathan discuss in this video, the window of opportunity is shrinking because subsidies are finite and development is restricted.

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)--8 Oct 2015 833 am EDT/1233 GMT
French day-ahead power prices were lower Thursday, with EDF seeing little impact on its power generation fleet from a general strike, sources said.
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