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US coal producer acquisition could boost confidence in industry
March 20, 2015
Questions abound after the US' largest privately-held coal producer, Murray Energy, acquired prominent Illinois Basin producer Foresight Energy. What does it say about coal in the US?
Winter prompts new US electric power demand records
March 05, 2015
It's the winter that won't stop in the US, where wholesale electric power markets have been battered by record-setting demand and many prices hit peaks in February.
Production and power burn pull on US natural gas markets
February 18, 2015
Natural gas markets continue to have more muted movements this winter, with high production but increased demand -- especially for power burn -- influencing spot and forwards prices.
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GERMAN POWER: Wind rebound depresses prompt ahead of Easter storm
London (Platts)--26 Mar 2015 1003 am EDT/1403 GMT
German prompt power prices dropped Thursday as wind power output was forecast to pick-up ahead of a strong storm system in the days ahead of the Easter holidays with wind forecasts above 20 GW from Sunday to Wednesday, according to sources.
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Power-to-gas electrolysis technology, a game changer for European energy storage?

February 04, 2015 (6:48)

Power-to-gas electrolysis is viewed as an emerging energy storage technology in Europe. Ross McCracken and Henry Edwardes-Evans assess this new form of alternative gas production.

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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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The Barrel Blog

March 19, 2015
US power editor Eric Wieser evaluates how the planned retirement of 10 GW of generation in the PJM footprint would have various effects worldwide.
March 16, 2015
This is the major uncertainty that carbon traders and others are grappling with as lawmakers and EU member states work to thrash out new legislation to shore up European carbon prices.
March 10, 2015
The jaw-dropping letter that Republican senators drafted to Iranian leaders as a warning shot over nuclear negotiations was missing one significant signature.
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