August 2005

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: HPImpact: Price spiral could affect coal next

Significant increases in natural gas and oil prices have captured the attention of business developers, consumers and headlines. Not so visible, however, have been the recent increases in the cost of ..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Significant increases in natural gas and oil prices have captured the attention of business developers, consumers and headlines. Not so visible, however, have been the recent increases in the cost of another important energy source. Among the data in the latest US generation and fuel consumption report recently released by the DOE-EIA is the fact that the average cost of coal delivered in January at electric power generating plants was $1.46/MMBtu, a 5-cent increase, or 3.5%, compared to December 2004. More importantly, the 12-month increase over January 2004 was 17 cents or 13.2%. However, to put those increases in perspective, the corresponding increase in the delivered cost of natur

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