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S&P Global Market Intelligence editors' picks for the best stories for the week ended May 11.

1. Duke Energy sees growth potential 'on both sides of the meter'

As Duke Energy Corp. explores ways to reduce its carbon footprint, the company plans to look beyond traditional investments to accommodate customer interest in cleaner, smarter power options.

2. US solar panel imports plunge after trade threat drove buying spree in '17

Seaborne imports of solar panels to the U.S. fell by 74% in the first quarter after a rush in 2017 to get equipment into the country before President Donald Trump enacted a new round of tariffs on solar cells and panels early this year, according to data from Panjiva Inc., a division of S&P Global Market Intelligence.

3. Solid Q1 for 'Big 3' oilfield services firms hints at possible sector recovery

The three largest oilfield service companies, Schlumberger Ltd, Baker Hughes and Halliburton Co., relayed mostly positive results in their first-quarter earnings calls that support an optimistic future for the sector as a whole.

4. US coal sector buys back stock to boost investors but shies away from CapEx

U.S. coal companies are again seeing steady free cash flow, but with little domestic growth expected in coal demand, that cash is largely going to shareholder value initiatives instead of spurring coal development.

5. EPA proposal pushed by ex-coal lobbyist could transform agency's use of science

Scott Pruitt's first major original rulemaking as head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency brings a battle over the agency's scientific process to the mainstream and could constrain the studies available for use in new regulations for the energy industry.