Whoa! We Actually Need That Coal

The nation's power grids are beginning to feel some of the consequences of coal's exit from the wholesale markets. Early consequences are developing in the ancillary area called "black start" resources. In the long term, this surprise may allow some enterprising coal consuming utilities, such as NRG Energy (NRG), American Electric Power (AEP), PPL (PPL) and FirstEnergy (FE), to recover stranded assets.

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