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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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Perry praises US DOE research, makes no promises on reported Trump budget cuts
Perry praises US DOE research, makes no promises on reported Trump budget cuts
US Secretary of Energy nominee Rick Perry said Thursday he would protect the research budgets for climate science, renewable energy, fossil fuels and other programs, but he had no insight into President-elect Donald Trump's reported plans to slash major offices within the agency.


The Barrel Blog

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.
November 28, 2016
The recent spate of plans for coal-fired power plants in Sub-Saharan Africa has generated opposition on environmental grounds.
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News Headlines

Barcelona (Platts)--27 Feb 2017 633 am EST/1133 GMT
Spanish thermal coal consumption dropped 23% year on year in 2016 with declines for both domestic and imported coal, data published Friday by the industry body Carbunion showed.
Houston (Platts)--24 Feb 2017 437 pm EST/2137 GMT
Weekly US coal train loading volumes strengthened week on week across all major basins, Surface Transportation Board filings show.
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Price Focus

Thermal coal cargoes from various origins were finding their way into India to compete against South African coal, prices of which have remained at elevated levels, sources said March 21. A north India-based trader said Indian buyers were receiving offers from a wider range of origins, including Canada.




Podcasts

US coal producers disciplined in the face of higher prices, lower stockpiles
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.
Gas generation squeezed by coal in US winter power markets
January 18, 2017
- Wholesale electric power prices in the US are starting 2017 by ticking upward, lifted by firmer natural gas prices, which overall has caused coal generation to take some of gas generation’s share in the overall fuel mix.
Proposed EU ban on coal in power capacity schemes to have little impact in NWE
December 09, 2016
- S&P Global Platts editors on how coal plant capacity in NWE is set to fall at least 30% to under 54 GW by 2025, and who benefits most from capacity mechanisms.
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