1. ENERGY MARKETS:
Could cheap gas choke aging nuclear plants?
The nuclear industry is starting to question whether persistent low natural gas prices could pose a serious competitive threat to older nuclear plants -- as cheap gas has already done to coal, wind and new nuclear generation. "That's a very tough question," said David Bradish, manager of energy and economic analysis at the Nuclear Energy Institute. "Are the plants going to be economical to operate in the future, based on gas costs that are coming down?