S&P Global Market Intelligence presents the most read stories for the week ended Dec. 13.
1. US regulated utilities want energy storage tax credit proposal to go further
As the U.S. Congress considers a proposal to expand a federal investment tax credit for energy storage projects, several regulated utilities and power companies with regulated divisions want lawmakers to let them recover those incentives more quickly.
2. California OKs early end for GE gas plant; big battery peaker planned
The California Energy Commission approved the premature decommissioning and demolition of General Electric Co.'s 10-year-old, financially struggling, natural gas-fired Inland Empire Energy Center, a more than $500 million generating facility in Riverside County once heralded as the future of the global power sector.
3. New energy secretary slams 'bad actors' for delaying pipeline projects
Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette doubled down on the Trump administration's criticism of opponents to oil and natural gas pipeline construction during his first public speech as the U.S. Department of Energy's leader.
4. Murray Energy lenders fire back on union, Consol objections to bankruptcy plan
An ad hoc group of superpriority lenders denounced objections from a coal miners' union and Consol Energy Inc. in Murray Energy Corp.'s bankruptcy case, saying the two entities are seeking to second-guess the debtors.
5. As gas bans proliferate, 114 Calif. governments pass energy choice resolutions
Southern California Gas Co.'s efforts to combat a rising movement among cities to ban gas in new buildings has found support from a number of California communities.