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Energy, editors' picks: Coal groups 'taking haircuts' to survive; FERC to pay Powhatan legal fees

SNL Energy editors' picks forthe best stories for the week ended Oct. 8.

1.Coal associations 'takinghaircuts' to survive alongside producers

Coalassociations are feeling the pinch from fewer members and smaller budgets asthe industry continues to navigate a prolonged downturn. "It's moreimportant today perhaps than it's ever been to get our voice out there andexplain what we do," Christian Palich, the president of the Ohio CoalAssociation told S&P Global Market Intelligence. However, he said theassociations are "taking haircuts much like our companies do just tosurvive."

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Whileit may represent a relatively small monetary victory for the twin brothers whoco-own the Powhatan Energy Fund, a district court ruling that FERC needs to paytheir legal fees related to a Freedom of Information Act dispute may be a moraltriumph and shows the value of media interest in their situation.

3.

NancyPfund is founder and managing partner of DBL Investors LLC, where she leads the venture capitalfirm's investments in renewable energy and smart grid technology companies. Shesits on SolarCityCorp.'s board of directors and is the chair of the corporategovernance committee. S&P Global Market Intelligence sat down with Pfund onthe sidelines of New York City's Climate Week to discuss financial trends in thesolar industry, the fallout of SunEdison Inc.'s bankruptcy and some pointers on howsmaller developers can stand out in an increasingly crowded sector.

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Undergroundnatural gas storage regulations will likely be rolled out in tiers, with thefirst phase, coming before the end of the year, focused on existing industrybest practices.

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Inventoriesof natural gas liquids surpassed a 10-month high in July with help from arecord level of ethane stocks. NGL inventories were also boosted by weakness indemand for propane and butane compared to a year ago.