SNL Energy editors' picks forthe best stories for the week ended May 6.
1. Remainingpublicly traded coal miners to face a leaner competition
Publicly traded U.S. coal producers that have managed tostay afloat amidstricter regulations,cheap natural gas and warmer weather,now face the additional challenge of rivals emerging from restructuring relieved of debt burdens andoperating at lower costs.
2. After theBoom: This slice of shale country does not look busted
The first of this three-part series looks into what Marcellus Shale gasextraction did and did not do for one of the leading counties in the shale boomand what comes next for residents, business and industry. chronicles one of the firstgroups to hurt after the boom ended. Partthree tells the story of a big driller's faith in the county.
Batterystorage technology has seen exponential growth in a short amount of time asboth utilities and merchant power producers have installed batteries for avariety of purposes, from replacing peaking power plants to providing ancillaryservices for the grid. But a different set of regulatory incentives could speedup battery storage's graduation from niche technology to formidable player inthe energy industry. "We need to turn a corner in the industry,"AES Corp. VicePresident and Chief Technology Officer Chris Shelton said in a panel at theEnergy Storage Association's annual conference.
Amidan ongoing review of the program's rules this year, Regional Greenhouse GasInitiative officials are considering making some major changes to the Northeastcarbon cap-and-trade program. While there are several market design issues thatwill be scrutinized, first and foremost, RGGI officials should look totighten the program'semissions cap and alter, or even do away with, the cost containment reserve.
Over1,000 coal- and natural gas-fired power plants were subject to the Clean PowerPlan before the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to stay the rule, rendering it unenforceable for the timebeing.