Brian Cantrell, with Tulsa-based Alliance Resource Partners, says if natural gas prices continue to go up, coal will become more competitive as utilities that switched away from coal earlier this year switch back.
“Assuming a normal winter this year and ‘reasonable’ economic growth in the US, Cantrell said Alliance sees coal demand increasing by 3-4% in 2013. But no significant rise in prices is envisioned by the company until, perhaps, the latter half of 2013, he added.”
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