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Energy, most read: A look back at Kavanaugh's past energy decisions, dissents

S&P Global Market Intelligence presents the most read stories for the week ended Oct. 12.

1. A look back at Kavanaugh's past energy, environmental decisions and dissents

Newly confirmed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is no stranger to cases involving federal regulations for the energy sector.

2. Wind energy the 'best investment in the Southwest'

While solar and natural gas power plant developers compete to fill the void being left by retiring coal generation in the Southwestern U.S., wind energy may be the better bet in the region.

3. Pipelines need to offer flexible gas deliveries as renewables' role grows

As the electric grid relies more on renewable power sources, particularly in California, natural gas pipeline companies increasingly have to respond to significant and quick changes in demand from gas-fired power plants serving as a backstop to intermittent electricity sources.

4. Oil companies line up to fund fight against Washington carbon tax

Voters in Washington state will decide Nov. 6 on whether or not the state will adopt what could be the first direct tax on carbon in the country, but not without a fight from the oil industry, which claims that the tax will raise fuel costs.

5. Westmoreland aims to sell some U.S., Canadian mines to lenders in restructuring

Westmoreland Coal Co. proposes to sell its Canadian business and mines as well as its San Juan operations in New Mexico to company debt holders as part of a plan to emerge from bankruptcy by Feb. 28, 2019.