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Energy, most read: PG&E's power contract counterparty ratings at risk

S&P Global Market Intelligence presents the most read stories for the week ended Dec. 14.

1. PG&E Corp. downgrade over fire ties puts PPA counterparty ratings at risk

The credit ratings of two companies that have power purchase agreements with PG&E Corp. were downgraded after the California-headquartered utility's equipment was linked to devastating wildfires, raising the possibility that other counterparties could also see their credit ratings at risk.

2. SCANA financial fate in balance as regulators weigh Dominion offer

The financial fate of troubled South Carolina utility SCANA Corp. could soon be decided by state regulators.

3. No apparent gas-to-coal switching despite economic reversal in PJM, analyst says

Even though some coal-fired generation is becoming competitive at the margins since natural gas prices began rallying in November, utilities' reluctance to restock their coal inventories suggests the fuel will continue to play a "shrinking role" in meeting system load, according to an analyst with Morningstar Commodities Research.

4. UPDATE: Enbridge, Kinder Morgan to build offshore terminal to export US oil

Energy pipeline giants Enbridge Inc. and Kinder Morgan Inc. are teaming up with the international logistics company Oiltanking GmbH to build a crude export terminal offshore Freeport, Texas, that will be able to load some of the world's largest oil tankers.

5. Rice brothers push for new role in leading EQT, threaten proxy battle

After watching their 2.7% stake in EQT Corp. lose nearly half of its value, the brothers who helped run Appalachian driller Rice Energy before EQT purchased it have a solution: Hire them back, and use Rice's past business model for drilling future wells.