SNL Energy presents the most read stories for the week ended Dec. 22.
1. Latest winter outlook 'will not bode well' for US natural gas market
The Weather Company is still forecasting slightly below-normal temperatures across most of the northern U.S. and warmer-than-normal temperatures for most of the southern half of the country, especially the Southwest, Texas and the southern Rockies, for January through March 2018.
2. LNG terminals could become emissions battlegrounds like coal plants, study warns
A study claiming that U.S. LNG exports could have large impacts on greenhouse gas emissions warned that future liquefaction and export terminals could become something akin to today's coal plants, "where entrenched interests fight meaningful action to reduce climate emissions."
3. Utilities secure top priorities in final tax proposal from Congress
Investor-owned electric utilities secured their main priorities for tax reform in a final compromise package from Congress, but the U.S. power sector could still face hurdles.
4. Value of largest coal equity holders' positions swells in recent quarter
With many in the coal sector once again turning a profit, large investors are selectively placing, or in some cases withdrawing, large bets on U.S. coal producers.
5. EPA surprises with complex queries on Clean Power Plan replacement
To some, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's request for information on replacing the Clean Power Plan was surprisingly detailed, asking for feedback on complex regulatory issues ranging from whether state trading programs should be allowed to what power plant modifications might trigger more stringent standards under the Clean Air Act.