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Energy, editors' picks: Hawaii PUC fight spills into courts; oil, gas groups enter Constitution Pipeline case

SNL Energy editors' picks forthe best stories for the week ended July 22.

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Afight over the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission spilled into the courts July15 following the commission's decision late the previous week to rejectNextEra Energy Inc.'sapplication to acquire HawaiianElectric Industries Inc.

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Theslowdown in natural gas production growth and the decline in oil output may benearing an end, as the rise in prices since a bottom was formed earlier thisyear has led to signs that some producers may be willing to ramp up output inthe second half of the year.

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Ithas fought in federal legal proceedings, taken challenges all the way to theSupreme Court and even convinced the justices to strike down a regulationtargeting greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. And yet the Utility AirRegulatory Group, for all its influence, is little known outside its membersand takes pains to protect its anonymity.

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Theoil and gas industry, supported by manufacturing and commercial groups, hasjumped into the court case between Constitution Pipeline Co. LLC and New Yorkin an effort to protect all natural gas infrastructure projects.

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Even while some analysts are seeing some short-term benefitfor the coal market as producers work on cutting glut this summer, the globalexport market for U.S. coal continues to fade.