US coal-fired generators ‘frightened’ by low natural gas prices: Barclays

“Low US natural gas prices “frighten” coal-fired generators more than new Environmental Protection Agency regulations, because they “could hasten more coal plant retirements than environmental rules alone,” Barclays Capital analysts said Friday.”

Platts reports:

The analysts said that after “dodging” the EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule at the end of 2011, coal was “blind-sided by plunging gas prices.” A US appeals court in December stayed implementation of the CSAPR until it rules on legal challenges to the regulation.

“We suspect that negative dark spreads frighten coal plant owners more than new EPA regulations,” the analysts said. As much as 14% of coal’s share of the power generation market could be lost in 2012 because of low gas prices, the report added…

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2 thoughts on “US coal-fired generators ‘frightened’ by low natural gas prices: Barclays”

  1. Excellent. The “free” market at work.

    However, remove the unnecessary regs such as CSAPR and MATS from coal boilers and I believe coal would be the cheaper fuel, especially for older plants.

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