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Energy, most read: PJM to make haste on capacity market fix following FERC order

S&P Global Market Intelligence presents the most read stories for the week ended July 6.

1. PJM says it will work quickly on capacity market fix following FERC order

The PJM Interconnection vowed to quickly get to work refining its power capacity market construct after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rejected two proposals from the grid operator aimed at mitigating the effects of state-subsidized energy resources on the region's capacity market.

2. Inverted yield curve may have lost its knack of predicting recessions

An inversion of the yield curve — the spread in returns between long-term and short-term bonds — may not be as strong an indicator for recessions as it once was. The flattening curve in U.S. Treasurys, a closely monitored signal that a business cycle is ending, has ramped up market speculation that an economic downturn is on the horizon.

3. Divided FERC rejects PJM's fixes to state subsidies, develops own solution

A deeply divided Federal Energy Regulatory Commission late on June 29 rejected two options the PJM Interconnection asked the agency to choose between for mitigating the impacts of state-subsidized resources, such as renewable and nuclear generation, on the grid operator's capacity market.

4. Investors with $30 trillion to press 61 more companies on climate targets

A large group of global investors and asset managers has added 61 companies to the list of corporations it will push to take more action on climate change issues.

5. Next US Supreme Court justice could bring change on energy, climate front

Justice Anthony Kennedy's pending exit from the U.S. Supreme Court could bolster efforts to rein in the power of federal agencies and curb the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.