S&P Global Market Intelligence editors' picks for the best stories for the week ended Jan. 3.
1. Decade that opened with pipeline disasters closes with mixed progress on safety
The 2010s began with devastating pipeline accidents, followed closely by efforts to expand new pipeline safety practices to drive down major incident counts. But the decade is coming to a close with the acknowledgement that there is much work left to be done to prevent disasters.
2. The decade of shale: Oil boom reverberates globally but rattles US producers
The boom of oil and natural gas shale production in the 2010s is now seen as the single biggest development in U.S. energy markets in recent decades. In the second of a two-part series, S&P Global Market Intelligence looks at how oil caught on to the shale craze, drawing waves of Wall Street money and flooding the market with oil. The boom made the U.S. one of the world's biggest oil producers, but ultimately brought U.S. developers to their knees.
3. Coal stocks value halved as broader market shone through 2019
A stock index of U.S. coal companies headed into the last full day of 2019 trading at half the level seen at the beginning of the year as unease around the future of coal counterbalanced the sector's pivot to cleaner balance sheets and shareholder return programs.
4. European power outlook: Offtake deals to spur merchant wind market
Europe's onshore wind sector is heading into the next decade in full sail, but some uncertainties remain for the near-term investment landscape. S&P Global Market Intelligence asked five onshore wind developers and investors for their view on where the sector is heading in 2020 and beyond.
5. Public Citizen: Subsidiary of Goldman Sachs is misrepresenting affiliation
Hot on the heels of its successful challenge to a JPMorgan Chase & Co. subsidiary's involvement in the proposed sale of El Paso Electric Co., Public Citizen is now claiming that a subsidiary of The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is mischaracterizing its relationship with its parent.