S&P podcast: NuScale co-founder sees state CO2 goals driving small nuke adoption
States targeting zero carbon emissions are key to the adoption of advanced nuclear technology, Dr. José Reyes, CTO and co-founder of NuScale Power LLC said in a recent interview on S&P Global Market Intelligence's Energy Evolution podcast.
As first big shale producer files for Chapter 11, analysts see more pain ahead
Supported by a "critical mass" of noteholders, shale oil and gas producer Whiting Petroleum Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, citing the move will allow it to deleverage its capital structure by more than $2.2 billion.
Despite expanding coronavirus crisis, some utilities may continue disconnections
A small group of federal lawmakers has introduced a bill calling state regulators and utilities to ensure that "no electric or natural gas service to a consumer is terminated" for the duration of the current COVID-19 emergency.
Study for Mountain Valley pipeline extended, but developer says schedule intact
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service got another extension to complete a key Endangered Species Act consultation for EQM Midstream Partners LP's Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC natural gas transportation project.
Other energy headlines
* South Dakota, West Virginia and Kentucky have identified various types of fossil fuel infrastructure as critical or key assets to strengthen criminal punishments for those who damage or tamper with them during the COVID-19 pandemic.
* Many publicly traded companies in the U.S. are mulling over switching to online, or virtual, annual shareholders meetings from in-person to adapt to the pandemic.
* The U.S. Forest Service is developing an environmental impact statement to assess whether it should change mining regulations to speed up the permitting process as pressure from the White House increases to reduce U.S. dependence on imports of certain minerals.
* TC Energy Corp. gave the official sanction to the US$8 billion Keystone XL pipeline even though rival midstream companies defer projects in the turbulent North American energy market and added political pressures.
Nearly all of the world's 25 largest oil and gas companies saw their market capitalization nose dive during the first quarter of 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic and a crude price war between OPEC and Russia ravaged the energy industry, according to data compiled by S&P Global Market Intelligence data.
Research and data
* Financial Focus: Renewable developers seek support as coronavirus recession fears mount
* Regulatory Focus: Former co-op utility board member takes Colo. PUC commissioner seat
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