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Energy editors' picks: New CEO takes reins of Florida's JEA at critical time

S&P Global Market Intelligence editors' picks for the best stories for the week ended Dec. 14.

1. New CEO takes reins of Florida's largest municipal utility at critical time

JEA's recent appointment of a new, relatively inexperienced CEO with big ideas comes as Florida's largest municipal utility faces major challenges.

2. EPA sees no new coal plants from its CO2 rule, but it could still help industry

Looser carbon dioxide limits for new coal-fired power plants unveiled by the Trump administration are unlikely to spur construction of any new coal-fired power generation on their own but could be a crucial piece of a broader strategy in the president's bid to revive coal.

3. FERC approves NJ gas expansion project as panel's Democrats press climate debate

Williams Cos. Inc.'s Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC picked up approval from a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission divided over climate change for a 65,000-Dth/d compression expansion that will provide firm natural gas transportation service to help two utilities serve industrial, commercial and residential customers.

4. Canada finalizes plan to end most coal-fired power generation by 2030

While the U.S. government continues to seek out ways to support the coal industry, Canada finalized a plan on Dec. 12 to phase out traditional coal-fired electricity, transition to cleaner energy and cut carbon pollution in a little more than a decade.

5. Supreme Court takes case with possibly big implications for federal agency power

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that raises an issue several of the justices previously indicated they want to tackle head-on given the right opportunity — whether courts grant federal agencies too much power to establish rules and regulations.