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North America coal long-term outlook H1 2016

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Report summary

Once again, the outlook for North American coal markets is dominated by natural gas prices and environmental regulations. Natural gas is expected to be competitive with coal, at some level, throughout the forecast period. Environmental regulations will impact the cost to mine and consume coal adding to the level of competition with gas and eventually will cap the total amount of fossil fuel consumed. In response, coal producers seek to lower the cost of production to remain competitive.

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    North America Coal Markets Long term Outlook H1 2016.pdf

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    CMS Executive Summary June.xls

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    Executive summary

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Tables and charts

This report includes 14 images and tables including:


  • High and low natural gas price assumptions
  • High and Low gas sensitivity variance from base case for basin thermal coal production
  • Executive summary: Image 3
  • Executive summary: Image 4
  • Executive summary: Image 5
  • Executive summary: Image 6
  • Assumed probability, timing, and impact of risks
  • Total and renewable generation (TWh)
  • Market coal price history and forecast (real 2016 US$)
  • US thermal coal supply outlook (Mst)
  • US coal demand by sector outlook (Mst)
  • Executive summary: Image 9


  • US supply/demand balance (Mst) (real 2016 US$)
  • Executive summary: Table 2

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