Can Coal Make A Return In 2013

One of the big trends in U.S. energy has been the transition from coal to gas (CTG) as natural gas prices tumbled. However, this period of superlow natural gas prices turned after production temporarily peaked earlier this year.

Now electricity markets are finally reckoning with the rebound in gas prices and are switching back to coal, according to Morgan Stanley’s Hussein Allidina:

With gas trading above $3/mmBtu, price-sensitive gas demand in the power sector is likely already being curtailed. Until CTG switching is completely shut off (which is unlikely at prices below $4.20/mmBtu), natural gas demand will remain price elastic.

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