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Listen: US coal producers try to keep utilities' attention despite cheap gas

The tension between US coal producers and fuel buyers was evident at the recent Eastern Fuel Buyers Conference, where coal sellers expressed the desire for utilities to work with them to help keep the coal industry afloat. But continued low natural gas prices means the US EIA expects gas generation to almost reach the level of coal generation in April and May, which puts the US coal industry in a tough spot.

Jim Levesque, associate editor at Platts Coal Trader, talks with Andrew Moore, managing editor of Coal Trader, about the struggles of coal for power generation, as well as recent bankruptcies among Central Appalachian producers and possible glimmers of hope for the Illinois Basin.

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