SNL Energy presents the most-read stories for the week ended April 7.
1. Morgan Stanley: Southern, SCANA abandoning nuclear projects is 'most likely' case
Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC asserted in a March 30 report that Southern Co. and SCANA Corp. choosing to abandon their nuclear construction projects represents the most likely outcome for the utilities of lead contractor Westinghouse Electric Co. LLC filing for bankruptcy.
2. Examining the 10,000 MW of 'at risk' gas capacity identified by CAISO
On March 8, the California ISO issued its 2016-2017 Transmission Plan, which includes a study analyzing early retirement risks tied to economic factors of gas-fired plants in the region. The study lays out two scenarios. In the first, which analyzed potential retirements from the local transmission perspective, 8,265 MW are slated as being "at risk" for retirement. Scenario two, which "analyzed the impacts from the bulk system perspective of the rest of the transmission grid," lists 9,659 MW of at-risk capacity.
3. Dakota Access battle leaves mark on pipeline opposition
With crude oil flowing in the Dakota Access pipeline under Lake Oahe and the project developer making final preparations to put the line in service, an observer expected the legal fight to wind down and opponents to use its lessons against other pipelines.
4. Clock running out for Congress to repeal recent Obama rules
Time is running out for the GOP-controlled Congress to overturn rules the Obama administration finalized in its last months, but the White House said agencies can act on their own after the deadline to undo regulations.
5. Chamber of Commerce loses appeal of Calif. carbon cap and trade challenge
The California Third District Court of Appeal on April 6 ruled against the California Chamber of Commerce's appeal of the state Air Resources Board's carbon cap-and-trade program.