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January 31, 2017
US thermal coal prices have risen over the past few months, largely lifted by higher gas prices for power generation, and forecasts for a tighter gas market in 2017 is good news for coal producers.
January 30, 2017
President Donald Trump has moved in to the White House and has already begun what many believe will be a major shift in US energy policy.
January 24, 2017
After years of steady price declines, European power markets are dancing to a lively tune of nuclear outages, low wind and spiky Winter demand. Will prices rebalance once the current capacity squeeze is over?
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London (Platts)--20 Feb 2017 915 am EST/1415 GMT
The first of 70 offshore wind turbines has been installed at Wikinger, Iberdrola's 350 MW project in the German Baltic Sea, the Spanish utility said Monday.
Portland, Maine (Platts)--20 Feb 2017 913 am EST/1413 GMT
Portland General Electric expects its electricity sales to fall up to 1% next year after increasing by about 1% on a weather-adjusted basis in 2016, Jim Piro, president and CEO of the Portland, Oregon-based utility, said Friday during an earnings conference call.
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Feature: The Trump Administration

January 20, 2017
President Donald Trump's picks for his Cabinet appear to back up his campaign pledges to boost US oil and gas production and streamline infrastructure approvals.
Trump Inauguration: The Trump Cabinet picks who may shift US policy
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US NRC'S Svinicki appointed chairman effective immediately: spokesman
US NRC'S Svinicki appointed chairman effective immediately: spokesman
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Commissioner Kristine Svinicki has been appointed by President Donald Trump to be chairman of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, replacing the current chairman, Stephen Burns, an agency spokesman said January 26.

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Five commodity themes to watch closely in 2017

Five commodity themes to watch closely in 2017

2016-12-22 09:27:08 EST

Against the dramatic political and economic surprises of 2016, S&P Global Platts President Martin Fraenkel lays out his five themes to focus on in commodity markets in 2017.

Key EU panel vote to shape carbon market future

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

What will be Donald Trump’s impact on the energy industry?

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UK day-ahead power contracts rose March 21 amid stable power demand as forecasts for falling wind and solar power generation tightened surplus margins, sources said.

The Barrel Blog

February 07, 2017
The startup in January of LNG supplies to the small Mediterranean island state of Malta could be considered a mere drop in the ocean for the global LNG market.
January 20, 2017
We consider commodity prices during President Barack Obama's tenure and will track how they change during President Donald Trump's time in office.
December 23, 2016
Holiday lights add a significant additional level of electricity demand during the start of winter when cold weather is already driving up load.
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North American Electricity methodology

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