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Energy, most read: DTE hones Appalachian gas strategy; W.Va. coal industry spurns Democrats

SNL Energy presents the mostread stories for the week ended Sept. 30.

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's pending purchaseof Appalachian gas gathering assets is part of the diversified utilitycompany's plan to make money by giving natural gas producers additional optionsfor getting out of the Marcellus Shale.

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Adistressed West Virginia coal industry is lined up behind a Republican carsalesman candidate even though it has the option to put one of its ownexecutives in the governor's office.

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Thenext four years should be the best the U.S. renewable energy industry has everseen, NextEra EnergyInc. Chairman, President and CEO James Robo said, thanks to thecertainty of federal tax incentives, state mandates and the combination offalling costs and better technology. Longer term, carbon regulations such asthe Clean Power Plan should "continue to be a driver of demand," Roboadded.

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Rail-deliveredCentral Appalachian coal prices posted the strongest gains of the year duringthe week ended Sept. 22 as international coal prices remained near 52-weekhighs and domestic coal stockpiles fell faster than expected.

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TheU.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan will finally get its Sept. 27, with a lineup ofenvironmental groups, utilities, government attorneys and states both opposingand supporting the rule ready to plead their cases.