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Houston (Platts)--19 Jan 2017 545 pm EST/2245 GMT
Union Pacific's coal carloads in the fourth quarter fell 9.3% on a year-over-year basis, while coal revenues dipped 6.2%, the railroad said Thursday.
Sydney (Platts)--19 Jan 2017 718 am EST/1218 GMT
Coal miner South32, which has mines in Australia and South Africa, saw its coal production fall year on year in the October-December quarter, by 6.78% to 8.91 million mt, from 9.56 million mt, data from the company's quarterly report showed Thursday.
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Feature: US Election 2016 and Trump administration

January 19, 2017
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.
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The Barrel Blog

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.
November 15, 2016
Since the victory of US President-elect Donald Trump last week, businesses and governments have been working overtime to try to discern exactly what his presidency might mean for a range of important policy areas.
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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

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.
Coal prices wait on China production and winter severity
November 25, 2016
- We discuss recent moves in European and Asian thermal coal markets, from the rapid increase in Australia Newcastle 6000 NAR coal prices, to the more recent price retreat and where the market might head next.
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