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Feature -- Syria Conflict: Energy Security Implications

April 14, 2018
The US' declaration that the overnight missile strikes against Syria would be limited and a "one-time shot" may tamp down some of the risk to oil prices spiking when markets open Monday.
Analysis: US avoids direct Russia confrontation with Syria airstrikes, lowering oil price risk
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Factbox: Syrian crisis shines spotlight on Russian energy in Europe
Factbox: Syrian crisis shines spotlight on Russian energy in Europe
The risk of a direct military confrontation between the US and Russia over Syria has raised energy security concerns in Europe. Oil prices touched three-and-half year highs above $72 b/d after US President Donald Trump signaled a possible military response to alleged chemical weapons attacks near Damascus.

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Washington (Platts)--20 Apr 2018 151 pm EDT/1751 GMT
Although natural gas and power prices were relatively low across the US last year, fuel-security issues plaguing New England and Southern California led to some close calls for grid operators tasked with keeping the lights on, commissioners reflecting on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's 2017 state of the markets report said Thursday.
London (Platts)--20 Apr 2018 755 am EDT/1155 GMT
Demand side response (DSR) may spread to residential households if a new hybrid heating system catches on.
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The Barrel Blog

April 20, 2018
Beijing's sudden decision to drastically curb imports of thermal coal into the country's ports presents a golden opportunity to Indian coal buyers to pick up large volumes of Australian power station fuel at discounted prices, according to a S&P Global Platts analysis.
March 26, 2018
The world has seen a surge in electric vehicle use in recent years, but that plug-in push has not sparked as brightly in Russia.
March 08, 2018
Emissions, agility and autonomous vehicles were the focus of General Motors CEO Mary Barra’s luncheon address to energy industry executives, March 7, at CERAWeek by IHS Markit.
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UK coal plant shut down could exacerbate power price spikes on tight supply
April 13, 2018
- Coal is on its way out of the UK power generation mix, yet has remained as a fall-back option on days of peak demand such as when the National Grid warned of a natural gas deficit on March 1.
Will there be enough nickel to support the EV hype?
April 03, 2018
- S&P Global Platts editors discuss whether the EV revolution could be halted by a supply shortage of nickel; and the implications for battery metals, such as cobalt and lithium.
Battery metals move to the front, oil still driving sentiment
March 23, 2018
- S&P Global Platts reporters recap what top executives said at the FT Commodities Global Summit will be the future trends for the battery metals and electric vehicles sectors.
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