SNL Energy editors' picks for the best stories for the week ended Aug. 11.
1. Western grid advocates press case to Calif. lawmakers
Speaking from the same podium where California Lt. Gov. and 2018 gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom earlier this year pronounced the Western regional grid initiative "dead right now," a senior attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council said the proposal to merge the California ISO with transmission operators across the West has a stronger pulse than many people realize and is more important than ever.
2. Companies mum on interest in Santee Cooper, utility's stake in V.C. Summer
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has reportedly identified three Southeast investor-owned utilities interested in purchasing Santee Cooper or its stake in the abandoned V.C. Summer nuclear project. These potential suitors, however, declined to confirm the talks.
3. Meet the Mancos: A 'marginalized' Western shale play begins to rumble
The Mancos Shale has been quiet. But after a breakthrough government reserves estimate and attention from a global supermajor, the play straddling the Piceance and San Juan basins in the western U.S. could be roaring soon.
4. Stakeholders gather to discuss possible tweaks to Texas power market
Certain rule changes would enhance price signals in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, according to stakeholders gathering in Austin on Aug. 10 at a workshop hosted by the Public Utility Commission of Texas.
5. Stage set for coal-fueled Senate fight in state where Trump promised rebound
While it might be difficult to imagine a political race more coal-centric than West Virginia's 2016 gubernatorial square-off between a billionaire coal operator and an industry-backed opponent with the last name "Cole," a 2018 match for a U.S. Senate seat in the state is shaping up to be just that.