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S&P Global Market Intelligence presents the most-read stories for the week ended Oct. 25.

1. Utility CEO warns regulators risk ruining 'incentive to invest' in energy grid

The CEO of one of Europe's largest energy networks is warning that the sector might lose its luster to large infrastructure investors if regulators continue to tighten equity returns, risking to damage a key pillar of the energy transition just as Europe's efforts to decarbonize gather serious momentum.

2. NextEra looks for contracted, regulated assets to drive earnings

For at least the second time in recent weeks, NextEra Energy Inc. executives on Oct. 22 were questioned about their decision to invest in natural gas pipelines through an affiliated "clean energy" company.

3. Murray blasts 'feckless' FERC, warns against short-sighted US energy policy

Coal magnate Robert Murray took the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to task for not acting to protect the coal-fired generation fleet from what he said were biased wholesale power market pricing mechanisms.

4. Canada's minority government offers little hope of relief for fossil fuels

As Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau navigates the process of setting up a government that could be ousted by a united opposition, the nation's oil and gas industry has little hope of changes to regulatory gridlock and environmental policies that sent fossil fuel jobs and investment fleeing to other regions during his first term at the nation's helm.

5. DTE investors unenthusiastic about Haynesville midstream acquisition

A DTE Energy Co. unit's agreement to buy gas gathering assets in Louisiana's Haynesville Shale for $2.25 billion received a tepid reaction from investors even as management reassured shareholders and analysts about the sellers' credit quality and the location.