EU Carbon Drops Near 5-Month Low, Coal Brushes 2-Year High


EU Carbon Drops Near Five-Month Low, Coal Brushes Two-Year High
2010-12-23 14:16:30.210 GMT

By Mathew Carr
Dec. 23 (Bloomberg) -- European Union carbon allowances for
December 2011 fell close to their lowest level in almost five
months as coal prices approached a two-year high, making the
dirtier fuel less profitable for power utilities.
EU permits lost 1.2 percent to 14.15 euros ($18.53) a
metric ton on London's ICE Futures Europe exchange as of 1:11
p.m. They fell as low as 14 euros on Dec. 20, the lowest
intraday-price since July 28.
Power utilities need about double the permits when using
coal instead of cleaner-burning natural gas.
Coal for next year in northwest Europe was unchanged today
at $117.50 a ton, according to broker data. It reached $119 a
ton on Dec. 20 in intraday trading, its highest since Nov. 5,
2008. The United Nations issued 897,000 tons of offset credits
today to seven projects, boosting supply.

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