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Energy editors' picks: PG&E's fate hinges on legislators and regulators

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

1. PG&E's fate hinges on legislators and regulators

Facing a financial abyss due to billions of dollars in potential liability tied to California's devastating wildfires, PG&E Corp. will need both legislative and regulatory support to avoid bankruptcy. Analysts differ, however, on the likelihood of that help arriving in time to avoid a Chapter 11 filing.

2. Privatization talks are 'dead,' Vogtle dispute resolvable, new JEA chief says

Aaron Zahn, a former sanitation technology developer and private equity executive, was appointed the permanent CEO of JEA, Florida's largest municipal utility, in November 2018. Zahn said privatization "discussion's dead."

3. Market value of top 12 US coal producers down $2.11B since Q3'18

The 12 largest publicly traded U.S. coal producers lost 16.6% of their total market value since September 2018, with just one seeing an increase during the period.

4. In US LNG, Saudis may seek geopolitical win, fuel with 'longer time horizon'

Saudi Arabia is reportedly nearing a decision to invest in U.S. liquefied natural gas export plants — a move that could further a shift in energy flows between the two countries while underpinning one or more of the American projects that backers hope to commercially sanction this year.

5. Drillers, oilfield service stocks end already challenging year with Q4'18 plunge

Negatively impacted by widespread producer spending discipline and a falling crude oil price, businesses in the oilfield services and equipment sector saw investor returns significantly decline into the end of 2018.