SNL Energy editors' picks for the best stories for the week ended Jan. 20.
1. Even if reopened, Aliso Canyon lacks the gas to maintain reliability, study says
Almost a year after a major gas leak was plugged, California regulators said the region's gas supplies may not recover in time to prevent shortages even if the Aliso Canyon underground gas storage field reopens soon.
2. Wall Street continues pullback on regulated utilities
The tables have turned on investor-owned electric utilities. The sector, which has yielded strong financial performance in recent years, is falling out of favor with Wall Street analysts in 2017.
3. Shale output turns corner in February with gain in both oil and gas
New data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration published Jan. 17 implies that shale production of natural gas and crude oil likely turned the corner, as natural gas output increased for a second month and crude oil rebounded sharply.
4. Coal hopes Trump can remove 'doom and gloom' lens investors view sector through
President-elect Donald Trump had lots of campaign promises for the coal industry, but with even coal producers warning temperance when suggesting coal jobs will return, measuring Trump's aid to coal may prove tricky.
5. Pruitt: Protecting environment, economic growth 'not an either/or proposition'
Testifying at his nomination hearing to lead the U.S. EPA, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said the role of a regulator is to "make things regular." Pruitt defended his environmental record and participation in litigation against the agency, specifically in cases that challenged the interstate transfer of air pollution.