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Energy editors' picks: Power companies bolster board diversity

S&P Global Market Intelligence editors' picks for the best stories for the week ended May 24.

1. Power companies pull from oil, gas, other sectors to bolster board diversity

Women from fossil fuel, financial, technology and other sectors have joined the boards of some of the biggest U.S. power companies over the past year, according to corporate reports.

2. Midstream stock prices stuck waiting for catalyst amid financial outperformance

Stock prices across the pipeline sector are stuck in a holding pattern despite robust financial performance and consistent efforts to de-risk business models and balance sheets.

3. Wind developers seek ways to improve community outreach, support

Local community opposition can stop virtually any prospective wind project in its tracks, so developers came together at the American Wind Energy Association's Windpower conference in Houston to discuss how to avoid such setbacks through education and building relationships.

4. US coal plant capacity factors remain low, even as older units retire

As U.S. power generators continue to retire coal plants, the existing fleet is running at capacity factors well below the maximum output of the plants.

5. US refining executives confident on future earnings growth following tough Q1

U.S. refining executives outlined an optimistic market outlook following a first quarter during which narrowing crude oil spreads and weak gasoline margins reduced the sector's earnings.