SNL Energy presents the most read stories for the week ended Oct. 13.
1. Coal retirement plans increasing despite federal focus on grid reliability
The number of scheduled or completed coal capacity retirements is increasing through 2021 at the same time the U.S. Department of Energy is asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to adopt a new rule that would bolster coal generation.
2. Shale permitting explodes in southwest Pennsylvania as pipelines come online
Shale gas, liquids and Pittsburgh are the new common denominators for where Appalachian drillers will spud their next wells, judging by September permitting data pulled Oct. 9.
3. Federal Register notice of DOE resilience proposal adds important word: capacity
A small change in the wording of the U.S. Department of Energy's plan to provide more cost support for struggling nuclear and coal-fired power plants could have important implications, or not.
4. DOE resiliency proposal narrow, but may boost key Trump coal supporters
The latest pro-coal policy move by the Trump administration has riled energy market players but could benefit key supporters of the presidency.
5. EPA accused of 'cooking the books' to drive up Clean Power Plan costs
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made three seemingly simple changes in its cost-benefit analysis of the Clean Power Plan that boosted the cost of compliance with the rule by tens of billions of dollars.