SNL Energy editors' picks for the best stories for the week ended Dec. 22.
1. US crude navigates world in 2 years after repeal of export ban
In the two years since Congress voted to end the crude oil export ban, U.S. shipments abroad have surprised and disrupted international markets.
2. Regulators give Georgia Power 'both carrots and sticks' to finish Vogtle
In voting to allow continued construction at the Vogtle nuclear plant expansion, state regulators gave Georgia Power Co. "both carrots and sticks" to incentivize the completion of two new reactors that are years behind schedule and billions of dollars over budget.
3. FERC moves to beef up cyber incident reporting requirements
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Dec. 21 issued a proposal to address concerns that a gap in existing mandatory reliability standards may result in those standards understating "the true scope of cyber-related threats facing the bulk-power system."
4. Transport costs and quality divide US coal industry into East vs. West
Transportation costs and coal quality are major factors in a growing gap between the coal markets in the eastern U.S. and those in the West.
5. Potential US-Saudi LNG trade is 'stunning reminder' of shale's impact
Saudi Arabia is shopping for American natural gas, a development industry observers said shows how U.S. shale gas is transforming global energy markets.