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January 12, 2016
Stephen Burns, chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, discussed the future of US nuclear power in the wake of the Fukushima I nuclear accident.
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?
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US thermal coal market sees uptick in trading, but prices still pressured

January 21, 2016 (2:47)

After a dramatic CSX contract price plunge, the number of physical trades in the first weeks of 2016 has increased -- but the question remains whether US coal prices will remain low, Jim Levesque says.

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Houston (Platts)--5 Feb 2016 542 pm EST/2242 GMT
As ISO New England market participants await the Monday start of the grid operator's 10th Forward Capacity Auction -- for the 2019-2020 planning year -- they learned that almost 9.4 GW of generation is already expected to be added by that time.
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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.

The Barrel Blog

January 19, 2016
A re-evaluation of biomass for electricity generation appears a certainty, and the evolution of sustainability criteria is likely to retard market growth.
December 11, 2015
At the Coal Trading Association’s annual conference New York City, both the bulls and bears were on display, although sentiment leaned more heavily toward the latter.
December 09, 2015
If you’ve been involved in any conversations about energy in 2015, there’s very much a sense the industry is gritting its teeth and just trying to get through this period of sustained low prices.
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