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June 2018


Texas summer wholesale power prices continue to gain strength

Texas summer wholesale power prices continue to gain strength

June 05, 2018 11:00:00 EST (3:41)
Texas summer wholesale power prices continue to get stronger after remaining depressed for several years. The upticks this year have been largely attributed to a tighter generation picture and expectations for record peak demand.

April 2018


View from the Top: An interview with Antonio Mexia

View from the Top: An interview with Antonio Mexia

April 20, 2018 05:00:43 EST (7:19)
Antonio Mexia, Chief Executive Officer of EDP-Energia de Portugal, offers insight on the state of renewables, what recent solar tariffs could mean for renewable developers, and what challenges lie ahead for EDP in US and global markets.

March 2018


Blockchain, Brexit loom for EU commodity traders after smooth MiFID 2 start

Blockchain, Brexit loom for EU commodity traders after smooth MiFID 2 start

March 22, 2018 12:54:41 EST (3:14)
The EU's MiFID 2 trading rules have started smoothly with EU commodity traders' compliance good so far. But while traders and regulators adapt to the new world of yearly exemptions and adjustable position limits, new challenges are looming.

EU ETS 2.0: the cost of carbon is going up

EU ETS 2.0: the cost of carbon is going up

March 20, 2018 13:52:03 EST (4:47)
Europe's Emissions Trading Scheme is about to get a major reboot. CO2 prices are expected to rise, with significant implications for the power industry and other carbon-intensive industrial sectors. But will the new revamped system really work?

January 2018


New-build standoff sees European plant margins decline

New-build standoff sees European plant margins decline

January 11, 2018 12:14:43 EST (5:51)
S&P Global Platts European power editors Andreas Franke and Henry Edwardes-Evans show that, even with significant gas plant additions, dispatchable margins are likely to dip close to severe peak demand levels in the next few years.

December 2017


Brexatom: Impact of UK departure from European Atomic Energy Community

Brexatom: Impact of UK departure from European Atomic Energy Community

December 12, 2017 15:12:36 EST (2:44)
Oliver Adelman, S&P Global Platts managing editor for nuclear publications, focuses on the purpose of the Euratom Treaty, the impact of Brexatom, and the UK's search for alternative arrangements.

November 2017


US FERC Chairman Chatterjee on the future of US power markets, coal, nuclear and gas

US FERC Chairman Chatterjee on the future of US power markets, coal, nuclear and gas

November 22, 2017 10:06:41 EST (8:12)
Neil Chatterjee, chairman of the US FERC, discusses the commission's plans to pursue a controversial proposal to tweak power markets to help save coal and nuclear power plants at risk of retirement.

Post-2020 EU carbon market legislation clears major hurdle

Post-2020 EU carbon market legislation clears major hurdle

November 22, 2017 15:12:36 EST (3:08)
Carbon allowance prices under the EU Emissions Trading System rallied as high as Eur8.00/mt in early November, as proposed post-2020 market reforms moved forward. Frank Watson reports.

October 2017


US uranium producers plagued by low prices, scant utility purchasing

US uranium producers plagued by low prices, scant utility purchasing

October 17, 2017 06:00:00 EST (4:18)
Market sources say US companies appear to be on course to produce about 1.6 million pounds of uranium this year, the lowest amount since 1951. How long will the slump last?

Market Movers - Europe, Oct 2-6: Traders wary of low French nuclear availability ahead of winter

Market Movers - Europe, Oct 2-6: Traders wary of low French nuclear availability ahead of winter

October 02, 2017 07:18:37 EST (3:01)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

September 2017


German election results bring coal exit, carbon pricing back on agenda

German election results bring coal exit, carbon pricing back on agenda

September 29, 2017 11:50:18 EST (3:23)
The possible return of the Greens into Germany's government has brought coal plant closures and carbon pricing back on the political agenda with Chancellor Merkel set to negotiate a new coalition. Andreas Franke reports.

Renewable energy changing face of EU electricity supply

Renewable energy changing face of EU electricity supply

September 21, 2017 15:14:28 EST (3:36)
Competitive auctions for renewable energy capacity are changing the face of European electricity supply. Moving from regulated feed-in tariffs to capacity-limited tenders has seen a mammoth reduction in costs.

August 2017


EU commodity firms likely to avoid extra MiFID 2 costs

EU commodity firms likely to avoid extra MiFID 2 costs

August 22, 2017 13:45:37 EST (3:20)
With new EU financial rules known as MiFID 2 set to apply from January, companies trading EU commodity derivatives have just a few more months to check if they qualify for an exemption. Siobhan Hall reports.

US power companies have a history of walking away from nuclear projects

US power companies have a history of walking away from nuclear projects

August 17, 2017 06:00:00 EST (3:25)
Even $10 billion spent on a nuclear power plant project doesn't guarantee completion. William Freebairn explains what drives project abandonment as the US power sector awaits a decision on Georgia's Vogtle project.

July 2017


EU carbon prices rally to four-month high

EU carbon prices rally to four-month high

July 27, 2017 02:01:54 EST (3:12)
After 12 years of operation, the EU carbon market continues to feel the effects of a long-term oversupply of allowances. But changes are looming on the horizon that will significantly reduce that surplus in less than 18 months’ time.

June 2017


German-Austrian power price zone split: Changing power landscape causes grid bottlenecks

German-Austrian power price zone split: Changing power landscape causes grid bottlenecks

June 29, 2017 16:39:08 EST (3:33)
Europe's most liquid power market -- the German/Austrian price zone accounting for two-thirds of trading volumes -- is to be split next year. Senior writer for European power Andreas Franke reports.

May 2017


Macron's French election win: gas and power implications

Macron's French election win: gas and power implications

May 08, 2017 14:33:33 EST (7:09)
A Macron victory paves the way for more gas generation capacity in the system and could prove structurally bullish for power prices in the long run, but to what extent?

March 2017


EU's power market proposals aim to avoid price collapse by 2030

EU's power market proposals aim to avoid price collapse by 2030

March 15, 2017 12:16:42 EST (7:25)
The European Commission's proposed EU power market design is all about integrating increasing shares of low-marginal cost renewables efficiently and avoiding a wholesale price collapse by 2030.

EU Council, Parliament converging on carbon market positions

EU Council, Parliament converging on carbon market positions

March 07, 2017 07:04:01 EST (3:08)
The EU Emissions Trading System is facing a future of tighter supply as the EU's legislative bodies move forward on reforms that aim to curb a long running surplus of carbon allowances.

December 2016


Key EU panel vote to shape carbon market future

Key EU panel vote to shape carbon market future

December 13, 2016 06:59:35 EST (2.58)
EU carbon allowance prices may react to a key vote on December 15 by the EU Parliament’s environment committee. At stake are the rules governing the annual decline of the CO2 cap after 2020.

November 2016


UK leaves power generators in dark over post-2020 carbon taxes

UK leaves power generators in dark over post-2020 carbon taxes

November 29, 2016 09:58:19 EST (3:23)
Anu Ramanathan reports on the UK's decision to hold the Carbon Price Support rate at £18/mt until 2020 in a bid to provide certainty to businesses.

The next US president's impact on America's power generation fleet

The next US president's impact on America's power generation fleet

November 08, 2016 08:19:10 EST (5:41)
Coal, natural gas and renewables were among the few energy topics the US presidential candidates addressed, and we look at how market share and capacity could change under Trump or Clinton.

October 2016


Remaking Mexico's electric power markets puts emphasis on renewables

Remaking Mexico's electric power markets puts emphasis on renewables

October 25, 2016 07:00:00 EST (4:24)
George McGuirk details how Mexico's transforming electric power market is spotlighting regional price variations and renewable power.

European power prices rally on reactor outages, coal gains

European power prices rally on reactor outages, coal gains

October 13, 2016 10:42:13 EST (3:21)
Increased cross-border demand from France is putting Germany on track to become Europe's biggest exporter of electricity this year with Germany's installed wind capacity approaching 50 GW this winter.

September 2016


Electric vehicles, renewables to re-order global energy supply chains

Electric vehicles, renewables to re-order global energy supply chains

September 13, 2016 07:30:28 EST (4:24)
Ross McCracken explains how the electrification of transport based on renewables could short-circuit the insecurity over global energy supply chains through the localization of energy production and consumption.

August 2016


EU bans commodity market abuse but delays over MiFID 2 compliance

EU bans commodity market abuse but delays over MiFID 2 compliance

August 18, 2016 08:00:00 EST (3:13)
Manipulating commodity markets in the European Union is now a crime. Siobhan Hall explains how EU financial regulations are impacting commodity traders, and what happens next.

France could become more heavily reliant on power imports during winter as of 2017

France could become more heavily reliant on power imports during winter as of 2017

August 09, 2016 09:00:00 EST (3:20)
Ana-Maria Tolbaru talks on the likely impact on France of it increasing the operating costs for coal generators with the introduction of a new carbon price floor or a coal tax starting in 2017.

Solar power shakes up California's power markets as renewable generation grows

Solar power shakes up California's power markets as renewable generation grows

August 04, 2016 07:37:52 EST (3:16)
Solar, natural gas and wind are making up most of the power generation additions across the US this year, and California markets are feeling the effects of more solar generation.

July 2016


US nuclear industry suffers shutdowns, pressured by power prices

US nuclear industry suffers shutdowns, pressured by power prices

July 07, 2016 00:01:50 EST (3:04)
Nuclear power, which for a long time was among the lowest-cost electricity sources, is now having trouble competing in the US.

May 2016


EU wholesale power prices: facing structural collapse or cyclical recovery?

EU wholesale power prices: facing structural collapse or cyclical recovery?

May 17, 2016 18:02:23 EST (3:38)
We explore a key question that emerged from Platts' recent European power conference: is Europe's wholesale power price collapse structural, or could central plant closures prompt a post 2020 recovery?

March 2016


Strong precipitation trends in US Pacific Northwest keep power prices low

Strong precipitation trends in US Pacific Northwest keep power prices low

March 17, 2016 10:00:20 EST (3:14)
One of the strongest El Nino events on record is contributing to bearish forward power prices and lower spot power prices in the US Pacific Northwest this spring.

Markets vs subsidies: the battle for EU power

Markets vs subsidies: the battle for EU power

March 02, 2016 10:51:40 EST (9:43)
EU governments spend billions on aid to their power sectors, but how long will it last and can a new EU market design cut the cost?

December 2015


High temps, low gas prices trip up US power markets heading into winter

High temps, low gas prices trip up US power markets heading into winter

December 17, 2015 10:00:20 EST (3:53)
A shifting fuel mix for power generation, warm weather and a lower energy complex are taking a toll on Northeast US power markets, as Eric Wieser explains.

COP21: what impact will emissions targets have on energy markets?

COP21: what impact will emissions targets have on energy markets?

December 15, 2015 10:00:20 EST (3:09)
Big economies made big promises to cut emissions at the Paris climate summit. Frank Watson analyzes how the commitments could affect energy markets.

The day of the MiFID II: How might it impact EU gas, power traders?

The day of the MiFID II: How might it impact EU gas, power traders?

December 09, 2015 14:32:24 EST (6:21)
With the EU's controversial MiFid II financial rules tentatively due to come into effect in January 2017, what impact might the Directive have on the region's gas and power traders?

October 2015


Will the lights go out on UK power this winter?

Will the lights go out on UK power this winter?

October 22, 2015 12:22:58 EST (3.12)
With generation capacity margins shrinking, commentators are debating what it will take to keep the lights on in the UK this winter. Henry Edwardes-Evans steps back from the speculation and looks at what the powerdata is actually telling us.

August 2015


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

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

August 20, 2015 11:07:48 EST (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.

June 2015


Financial or non-financial? Why EU financial rules matter for energy companies

Financial or non-financial? Why EU financial rules matter for energy companies

June 12, 2015 12:30:23 EST (7:22)
Platts Siobhan Hall on how energy companies will be affected by EU financial rules intended to tackle the kind of bad behavior in banks that led to the global financial crash.

A lesson for Europe: the remarkable rise of German renewable energy

A lesson for Europe: the remarkable rise of German renewable energy

June 02, 2015 11:07:48 EST (12:09)
Platts editors assess the key fundamentals driving the decline in German power prices, including the impact of the astonishing growth in German renewables. They look at wind and solar's effect on conventional plant run times, and the steep challenges facing the lignite coal sector.





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