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Energy editors' picks: Utilities could face increased climate scrutiny

S&P Global Market Intelligence energy editors' picks for the best stories for the week ended June 15.

1. DC Circuit upholds its role as arbiter of US EPA's national policies

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has ruled that "there is nothing" in the Clean Air Act requiring the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to change its rules nationwide each time one of the other federal appeals courts issues a decision at odds with an EPA rule. Only its own rulings or those of the U.S. Supreme Court have national implications, the court found.

2. Utilities could face increased climate scrutiny as lenders adapt risk models

Lenders are looking more closely at the financial and credit risks for utilities from climate change and related industry transformations, and utility leadership teams may need to conduct more climate risk analyses of their own.

3. Analyst: Oil market remains on 'knife-edge' ahead of OPEC meeting, rising demand

World oil markets are looking for continued cooperation by OPEC member countries to hold crude oil inventories stable in order to minimize price volatility into 2019 as demand, steadied by higher oil prices in 2018, begins to rise anew, the International Energy Agency said.

4. Rising trade tensions with Canada could put US coal in the crosshairs

U.S. coal destined for Canada could end up in the crosshairs amid rising tensions between the two allies.

5. Vistra touts cash-rich outlook to help draw long-term investors

Vistra Energy Corp. executives on June 12 highlighted their expectations for abundant cash flow to entice new shareholders, underscored by the launch of a $500 million share buyback effort.