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Energy editors' picks: PPL preparing for Brexit, UK currency volatility

S&P Global Market Intelligence editors' picks for the best stories for the week ended Aug. 9.

1. PPL preparing for Brexit, UK currency volatility

The U.K.'s planned departure from the EU loomed large over PPL Corp.'s second-quarter earnings call Aug. 6, with executives assuring analysts and investors that they are prepared for an October Brexit and further sterling volatility.

2. Bursting Spain's renewables bubble to drive out speculators

Regulators are preparing to burst the speculative bubble that has grown around Spain's accelerating renewables market, in a move that could transform the competitive landscape in the country only a decade after a previous green energy boom was cut short by retroactive subsidy cuts.

3. MLP ownership structure may preclude wave of leveraged buyouts by private equity

Stagnant stock prices and decreasing leverage make some pipeline master limited partnerships mathematically viable targets for leveraged buyouts, but not all midstream industry analysts are convinced that those conditions line up with what the companies' senior executives — who often have insider ownership — want to do.

4. Growth in electric-fracking fleets stunted by tight producer budgets

Oilfield services companies are considering whether spending to convert legacy hydraulic-fracturing fleets to run on electricity makes good financial sense as producers slowly embrace the technology.

5. US power generators reporting savings, other benefits from phasing out coal

Power generators across the U.S. are not only sticking to plans to retire coal-fired power plants despite the pro-coal Trump administration, they are touting the cost savings of doing so while pushing a further transition away from the fuel.