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Energy editors' picks: Wind, solar stocks soar as oil prices constrain drillers

S&P Global Market Intelligence editors' picks for the best stories for the week ended Sept. 7.

1. Renewable premium: Wind, solar stocks soar as oil prices constrain drillers

Renewable energy stocks have punched well above their weight over the past five years, an analysis by S&P Global Market Intelligence found, with the biggest players tripling in value in that period as oil and gas production company stocks held steady.

2. Coal sector-led council finalizing recommendations for DOE to boost coal exports

A slate of potential policy changes that would advance U.S. coal exports is being completed for U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry by a council primarily consisting of representatives of the coal industry.

3. As wildfire risks mount, Calif. legislators toss utilities a lifeline

As firefighters continued to battle the massive Mendocino Complex blaze, the largest wildfire in California's history, state legislators scrambled to come up with a last-minute law that would shield investor-owned electric utilities from billions of dollars in damages that result when electrical equipment ignites brush or trees.

4. Calif. decarbonization may mean more gas exports as western markets seek balance

Massive quantities of natural gas in western markets will need to find a new home if California moves forward with its plans to cut power sector carbon dioxide emissions to zero.

5. NextEra yieldco eyeing 3rd-party M&A

NextEra Energy Partners could engage in third-party M&A to complement a just-announced $1.28 billion organic growth transaction, according to the CFO of NextEra Energy Inc.

6. Transocean, Ocean Rig deal short-term dilutive as new fleet mostly idled

Analysts expect offshore drilling contractor Transocean Ltd. to see earnings per share decline in 2019 and 2020 as the acquisition of rig and drillship operator Ocean Rig UDW Inc. expands the company's fleet size, but offers only one rig contracted through the two-year period.