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  • In documents filed with Hawaii's utility regulator, SunPower Corp, SunEdison Inc and a group backed by SolarCity say they are worried the acquisition would be bad for their businesses, many of which have grown dramatically in the Aloha State in just a few years. "A decision on this merger could be a signal of what utility 2.0 looks like," Robert Harris, a Hawaii- based...

  • *CNOOC, China Southern Power Grid execs being probed. CNOOC could also not be reached for comment. China's president, Xi Jinping, has warned that corruption threatens the survival of China's ruling Communist Party and his two-year anti-graft campaign has brought down scores of senior officials in the party, the government, the military and state-owned...

  • Declines ranged from about 1 percent for shares of FirstEnergy Corp to about 5 percent for NRG Energy Inc. Declines ranged from about 1 percent for shares of FirstEnergy Corp to more than 5 percent for NRG Energy Inc. PJM operates the power grid in all or parts of 13 mid-Atlantic and Midwest states, from New Jersey to Illinois, and the District of Columbia.

  • FOCUS REMAINS ON SLASHING POWER PLANT EMISSIONS AND CURBING METHANE FROM OIL AND GAS PRODUCTION.

  • LONDON, March 31- Littlebrook power station, which towers grimly over the lower Thames near Dartford in Kent, ceases operations today after almost 35 years, the last of Britain's big oil-fired power plants to close. Now its closure marks the impact of higher oil prices and EU-wide policies, agreed by Britain's major political parties, to move away from fossil...

  • PARIS, March 27- French energy group EDF is considering whether to take a stake in assets belonging to struggling nuclear power group Areva, business daily Les Echos reported on Friday, citing an unidentified source close to EDF. Le Figaro newspaper separately reported the French government expected the companies to file their proposals for Areva next week.

  • China to cut on-grid thermal power tariffs -state media Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 11:39 PM ET

    BEIJING, March 27- China will cut on-grid wholesale prices of thermal electricity, probably from the second quarter of the year, as coal prices tumble, state media said on Friday. The National Development and Reform Commission is seen cutting benchmark on-grid prices by an average of 0.015 yuan per kilowatt hour, the Xinhua News Agency-run Economic Information...

  • China's coal use falling faster than expected Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 5:00 PM ET

    *Coal for power dipped in 2014, expected to drop again. SINGAPORE/ BEIJING, March 27- China is reducing coal use for power generation faster than expected as the use of cleaner-burning fuels and slowing economic growth drags thermal utilisation rates to a potential record low, implying imports and prices will fall further. Coal still makes up nearly two-thirds...

  • SOFIA, March 26- Bulgaria has asked Westinghouse, part of Toshiba Corp, to take a 49 percent stake in a new nuclear unit if it is to go ahead with a deal for its construction, Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova said on Thursday. The European Union's poorest country, reeling from a banking crisis that has strained its finances, wants to avoid giving state guarantees...

  • By Peroshni Govender and Wendell Roelf. JOHANNESBURG, March 26- South Africa's Eskom said striking workers had destroyed property at the Medupi power plant it is building, the state-owned group closing the site on Thursday to assess the damage. It would become South Africa's first new power station to come online in 20 years and help to address a chronic supply...

  • WASHINGTON, March 25- The U.S. Supreme Court's conservative majority on Wednesday signaled hostility toward the Obama administration's refusal to consider costs before regulating emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants. The provision does not explicitly state whether the EPA was required to include...

  • WASHINGTON, March 25- The U.S. Supreme Court appeared closely divided on Wednesday as it weighed whether the Obama administration had to consider costs before deciding whether to regulate emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants. Justice Anthony Kennedy could be a possible swing vote on the nine-justice...

  • WASHINGTON, March 24- The latest legal test of President Barack Obama's environmental agenda reaches the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday as the justices consider a challenge to a regulation intended to limit emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants. The nine justices are due to hear a 90- minute oral argument on...

  • MUMBAI, March 23- Shares in India's Jindal Steel and Power Ltd were heading towards their biggest daily loss in almost two years on Monday, hit by concerns over the company's ability to feed its power plants after the rejection of its bids for three coal mines auctioned by the government. Stocks of the company, controlled by former lawmaker Naveen Jindal, fell as...

  • WASHINGTON, March 20- The White House said on Friday it would press ahead to end government financing for most coal-fired power plants overseas, a day after a bipartisan bill sought to overturn limits on those projects financed by the U.S. Export-Import Bank. Lawmakers are trying to hammer out a plan to save the U.S. Export-Import Bank, which provides support for...

  • WASHINGTON, March 20- The White House said on Friday it is committed to ending government financing for most coal-fired power plants overseas, a day after a bipartisan bill proposed overturning limits on coal-fired plant projects by the U.S. Export-Import Bank. "The administration is strongly committed to the long-term reauthorization of the Export-Import...

  • WASHINGTON, March 19- A bipartisan plan to save the U.S. Export-Import Bank seeks to extend the bank's term until 2019, increase lending to small businesses and overturn limits on coal-fired power plant projects. Friends of the Earth senior program manager Doug Norlen said fossil fuel projects, especially coal, hurts communities by polluting air and water,...

  • *Singapore generates 95 pct of power from natural gas. SINGAPORE, March 19- Singapore is taking steps to reduce its almost total reliance on fossil fuels in power generation by offering commercial customers the city-state's first dual solar and conventional electricity contract. The relatively high electricity price and falling solar costs have helped...

  • Is renewable energy ready to disrupt fossil fuels? Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 6:36 PM ET
    Indian workers install solar panels at the Gujarat solar park in Western India's Gujarat state.

    Prices of fossil fuels may be plumbing multi-year lows, but that's not likely to keep them from being displaced by renewable energy, analysts said.

  • SINGAPORE, March 17- Coal faces increasing competition from natural gas in power generation in Asia, as prices for the cleaner-burning fuel are expected to stay depressed, energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie said on Tuesday. "We do not forecast any sustained price recovery above $10 per mmBtu with over a 100 million tonnes per annum of new LNG expected to be...