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Energy, most read: NextEra CEO ignores Trump threat to renewables; PJM stakeholders consider market revamp

SNL Energy presents the mostread stories for the week ended Oct. 7.

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DonaldTrump has labeled wind turbines visual blights and bird-killing machines,suggested solar power is a bad investment and called climate change a Chineseinvention. Even so, there are doubts that the Republican presidential nomineecould do much if he wins to hurt the country's renewable energy industry.

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Shortlyafter PJM Interconnection LLCstakeholders on Sept. 29 approved a measure to finalize the transition to acapacity auction processthat penalizes underperforming resources, they discussed the idea of a "holistic"revamp of its capacity market.

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The U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan's legal saga has had "moreplot twists than Game of Thrones," according to attorney David Doniger ofthe Natural Resources Defense Council.

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Convictedcoal boss Don Blankenship has issued a public statement from prison indicatingthat he will be distributing a booklet that "will shed some truthful lighton what really happened to cause the UBB explosion, and how horribly broken ourAmerican judicial system has become."

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Onlyan extended cold snap would materially drive up natural gas demand and pricesthis coming winter, the Natural Gas Supply Association said Oct. 5 in itswinter outlook.