Integration of Global Coal Markets

on 04/19/2017 - 04:16 pm

A lack of integration in the world coal market has seen it divided for a number of years into the Atlantic and Pacific regions but there is growing evidence that this is no longer the case.
Coal continues to be the predominant fuel for electricity generation worldwide, and a main source for global energy supply. Coal generates today over 41% of the world’s electricity and while its growth has slowed as it is losing market share to natural gas, coal consumption is still expected to grow at 0.5% per annum over the next 20 years.
A lack of integration in the world’s coal market has seen it divided for a number of years into the Atlantic and Pacific regions, in part ...

The Clean Power Plan, 2014 - 2017

on 03/31/2017 - 08:09 am

The Clean Power Plan, which led a short but eventful life, was killed by an Executive Order signed by President Donald Trump at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday. A few of the Clean Power Plan’s most ardent admirers may insist that it still has life, and in some technical sense they are right—even the administration concedes that it will have to work painstakingly through the notice and comment rulemaking process to review and redo the rule, and that there will be litigation once they proceed.
But everyone knows these are mere formalities, with the end result sure to be a rule that looks nothing at all like its predecessor (or perhaps no rule at all). ...

Coal production increases during second half of 2016, but still below 2015 levels

on 03/30/2017 - 06:23 pm

After falling in six out of seven quarters from mid-2014 to mid-2016, coal production rose in the third and fourth quarters of 2016. Among the coal supply regions, the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming saw the largest increases in the second half of 2016. The increases in coal production were driven by an increase in coal-fired electricity generation, which occurred as natural gas prices increased.

Is the Middle East the new home for Coal?

on 03/10/2017 - 11:07 am

The energy landscape of the Middle East has undergone a significant transformation in recent years and whilst the transition has uncertain outcomes, one beneficiary might be coal
Following attempts by many large coal-consuming countries to substitute the burning of coal with natural gas, global consumption of coal has begun to fall after a long period in which it steadily increased. Gas production has been rising in order to cater for this trend; but in a number of cases there is insufficient supply to meet the increase in demand. Countries that had once planned to cover the growth in demand for electricity with gas fired power stations are having to rethink their strategy.

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