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  • TOKYO, March 31- Japan's utilities are holding capacity for nuclear power on their grids even though all but two of their reactors are operating with little prospect of many restarting, according to a Reuters survey. The practice risks complicating the biggest overhaul in the history of Japan's power industry that starts on Friday and is based on outdated...

  • March 31- Japan plans a wave of new coal-fired power stations as the country's electricity retail market opens up from April 1, allowing new entrants to compete for a market of 85 million customers with sales of about $70 billion. In the biggest shakeup in the industry's history in Japan, regional utilities are losing their monopoly rights for the most lucrative...

  • WASHINGTON, March 30- The chief executive of Toshiba Corp's Westinghouse Electric said on Wednesday he expects to sign a deal in June to build six nuclear reactors in India after marathon negotiations that began more than a decade ago. "It may take until, I'm going to say, early June, which is the next time that there's going to be a government-to-government meeting...

  • LOS ANGELES, March 30- A Washington state nuclear power plant is expected to be restarted this week after it was shut down to check an issue with a valve that was discovered during a maintenance test, a representative said on Wednesday. The Columbia Generating Station, Washington state's third largest electricity generator located in Richland, was taken...

  • MEXICO CITY, March 30- Industrial power rates in Mexico will need to rise by as much as 20 percent to achieve significant future growth in solar electricity generation, the chief executive of panel manufacturer SunPower Corp said. Government-set power rates have been cut in the past few years as Mexico transitions to cheaper natural gas as the main input, and a...

  • *Brussels bombers at first eyed nuclear plant- media. PARIS/ FRANKFURT, March 30- Metre-thick concrete walls and 1950 s-style analog control rooms help protect nuclear plants from bomb attacks and computer hackers, but Islamist militants are turning their attention to the atomic industry's weak spots, security experts say. Concerns about nuclear terrorism...

  • LAPPEENRANTA, Finland, March 30- It has created a modest 200 jobs in a Finnish forestry industry that has lost around 20,000 in the past decade, but UPM-Kymmene's new biofuels plant offers long-awaited growth and hope. But the new plant, a global first, is already breaking even after little more than a year in operation in the eastern town of Lappeenranta; its...

  • JOHANNESBURG, March 29- The boss of South African utility Eskom has ruled out for now issuing bonds to help fund $21 billion of new power plants, saying on Tuesday the credit market was not favorable. The state-owned company, which provides virtually all of South Africa's electricity, is building three new power plants to help shore up power reserves, and expects...

  • SAO PAULO/ RIO DE JANEIRO, March 28- S tate-controlled power holding company Centrais Elétricas Brasileiras SA has hired Credit Suisse Group AG to advise on a plan to sell a portion or all of a subsidiary's renewable energy assets, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters exclusively. Credit Suisse, Rio de Janeiro- based Eletrobras and...

  • SAO PAULO, March 24- In the midst of Brazil's worst recession in decades, lawyer Thiago Jabor Pinheiro switched firms to focus full-time on one of the only booming fields in the scandal-plagued country: compliance and corporate ethics. The scandal broke just as a tough new anti-corruption law went into effect in Brazil, raising the risk of prosecution for scores...

  • LONDON, March 23- New commodities trading company Javelin Global Commodities is aiming to ramp up its coal trading activities to grab market share vacated by retreating banks and utilities. Javelin hopes to boost its coal trading volumes to between seven and eight million tonnes in 2016, from the three million tonnes traded in the company's first six months...

  • PARIS, March 18- Siemens has no plans to build a turbine factory in France after it merges its wind assets with those of Spain's Gamesa, nor does it want any jumbo turbine technology developed by Areva, two sources said. That venture won contracts to build wind parks with 1.5 gigawatts of capacity off the French coast, on condition that Areva develops and builds a...

  • BEIJING, March 18- China aims to build a nuclear reactor in the heavily polluted province of Hebei, which surrounds the capital Beijing, in a bid to cut smog and promote cleaner energy, the head of the country's nuclear agency said on Friday. "For the integrated development of the Beijing- Tianjin- Hebei region, we are currently planning to build a nuclear plant on the...

  • March 17- Westinghouse Electric Co, a U.S. unit of Toshiba Corp, denied a media report that indicated the nuclear unit's finances were possibly being investigated by the U.S. government. According to a Bloomberg report, Toshiba was under investigation by the U.S. authorities over accounting related to its Westinghouse nuclear power operations.

  • March 17- China's power consumption in February rose 4 percent from the previous year to 381.2 billion kilowatt-hours, figures from the National Energy Administration showed. The following is a breakdown of China's power consumption and other data for November, posted on the administration's website. For news and data on China's power market, please click.

  • Challenges facing energy companies

    Mark Lewis, managing director at Barclays, talks about the challenges facing utility companies in the energy sector.

  • WASHINGTON, March 16- U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland has been sympathetic to government regulators in his almost two decades as an appeals court judge, frequently rejecting business-led challenges to federal action. His overall record, however, suggests he is a moderate who follows Supreme Court precedent and is not eager to spearhead efforts to...

  • WASHINGTON, March 16- U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland has been sympathetic to government regulators in his almost two decades as an appeals court judge, frequently rejecting business-led challenges to federal action. His overall record, however, suggests he is a moderate who follows Supreme Court precedent and is not eager to spearhead efforts to...

  • SAO PAULO, March 15- Brazil's high power prices and the country's worst recession in decades are causing an electricity oversupply that could cost power distributors and consumers around 3.3 billion reais this year, a consultant said on Tuesday. According to Abradee, a group representing power sector investors, Brazil's regulated power system will see 3,000...

  • JOHANNESBURG, March 14- South Africa and Saudi Arabian ACWA Power opened a $328 million solar power plant in the Northern Cape province on Monday, as Africa's most industrialised country rushes to expand its power supply and cut its coal reliance. It instils confidence that major green projects are going to be built in South Africa, "said the Department of Trade...