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Editors' picks: LNG export hopefuls face new year of global demand shifts

SNL Energy editors' picks for the best stories for the week ended Dec. 23.

1. LNG's swirling sea: Export hopefuls face new year of global demand shifts

For the expanding roster of companies vying to export LNG from North America, 2017 will be a year of watching domestic policy and demand shifts overseas to see whether and when the glutted market will have room for the volumes of U.S. and Canadian LNG proposed by developers.

2. Peabody to 'not only survive but to thrive' as bankruptcy wraps in coal rebound

The last of the U.S. coal mining giants to exit bankruptcy after the recent turnaround plans to come back largely intact. Peabody Energy Corp. announced late Dec. 22 that it plans to emerge from bankruptcy in the second quarter of 2017 after reducing its pre-bankruptcy debt by over $5 billion. The plan, supported by Peabody's creditors, anticipates Peabody emerging as a public company, but with its current equity securities canceled and extinguished.

3. For 1st time in 13 years, FERC looks to revamp interconnection procedures

FERC on Dec. 15 proposed to make major changes to its large generator interconnection procedures and pro forma interconnection agreement, citing the significant changes that have occurred within the industry since the commission's existing policies were established in 2003.

4. DOE taps untouched multibillion-dollar loan program for fossil fuel projects

The U.S. Department of Energy offered a conditional commitment to guarantee loans of up to $2 billion to construct the world's first methanol production facility to use carbon capture technology. The commitment was awarded to Lake Charles Methanol LLC for the construction of a plant in Lake Charles, La. The company plans to sell the captured carbon to Denbury Onshore LLC for enhanced oil recovery in the Gulf Coast region of Texas.

5. Destruction of house haunts Energy Transfer's huge Rover gas project

The Energy Transfer Partners LP's Rover pipeline project faces a possible delay in its permitting and construction schedule after the developer knocked down a house of potential historic significance near the proposed route. Despite the complication, Energy Transfer anticipated FERC would issue a certificate order shortly, according to spokeswoman Vicki Granado.