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  • *South Africa suffering chronic power shortages. JOHANNESBURG, Aug 14- Fears are growing in South Africa that agreements to build nuclear power plants that could be the most expensive procurement in the country's history will be made behind closed doors, without the necessary public scrutiny. Construction on the first plant is due to start next year, breakneck...

  • TOKYO, Aug 14- Japan's environment minister will submit to the country's industrial ministry an objection over plans for a 1.07 gigawatt coal-fired plant to be built by Chubu Electric Power Co, NHK public TV said on Friday. Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has been promoting the use of coal to cut costs relative to imports of expensive liquefied...

  • Aug 13- The Texas power grid operator on Thursday asked consumers to reduce electric use during the afternoon hours as power plant outages and heavy air conditioning usage has strained the electric system during a brutal heat wave. Peak demand in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which operates the power grid in most of the state, hit an all-time high of...

  • LONDON, Aug 13- China's devaluation of the yuan may hit already oversupplied world commodity markets, as the surprise move increases the chances that the world's biggest coal importer will become a net exporter. China was one of the world's largest thermal coal exporters until around 2004 when rocketing demand at home helped drive the need for imports.

  • *Kiribati president wants moratorium on mines, expansions. *Most of Kiribati is less than six meters above sea level. OSLO, Aug 13- The president of the low-lying Pacific island nation of Kiribati called on Thursday for a global moratorium on new coal mines to slow global warming and a creeping rise in world sea levels.

  • BERLIN, Aug 12- Greece will move rapidly to privatise its ports, regional airports and its power grid operator under a memorandum of understanding agreed with its international lenders. Under the agreement, Athens has committed to take "irreversible steps" by October 2015 to privatise grid operator ADMIE unless an alternative scheme offering equivalent...

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, Aug 12- The only thing that's completely predictable about carbon emissions policies is that nobody will be satisfied. The latest case in point is Australia, where the conservative government of Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Tuesday announced a target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28 percent of 2005 by 2030..

  • The plan, which also mandates a shift to renewable energy from coal-fired electricity, is meant to put the United States in a strong position at international talks in Paris later this year on reaching a deal to curb global warming. The United States has pledged to slash its greenhouse gas emissions across the economy by 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025....

  • Even as banks walk away, coal on the rise in Australia Tuesday, 11 Aug 2015 | 5:59 AM ET

    Clean Power Plan unveiled last week aims to shift the fuel generation mix dramatically away from coal- production is rising in Australia. "To say coal mining will stop in Australia is unrealistic," said James Wilson, an analyst with Morgans Financial in Perth, noting that some of the biggest and most efficient mines in the world are located in the country.

  • MEXICO CITY, Aug 10- A new partnership between U.S.-based power company AES Corp and Mexico's Grupo Bal launched on Monday will invest up to $2.5 billion over the next five years mostly in Mexico's newly opened power sector, a top AES executive said in an interview. The 50/ 50 joint venture with Grupo Bal aims to direct about three-quarters of the five-year...

  • *China- linked stocks hit after July PPI, exports data. Companies with heavy exposure to China such as steelmakers and some trading houses also came under pressure after Beijing released disappointing trade data at the weekend. "The market is digesting the weekend data from U.S. and China.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 9- In her 2008 bid for the White House, Hillary Clinton cast herself as a blue-collar Democrat who was unabashedly pro-coal, a stance that helped her beat opponent Barack Obama easily in primaries in states that produced or were reliant on coal. Ohio and Pennsylvania, in particular, have a lot of electoral votes, which are key to electing a new...

  • Can Fukushima evacuees ever go home again? Saturday, 8 Aug 2015 | 5:02 PM ET

    Some Japanese evacuees have cheered the chance to return to Fukushima, but many more have rejected it, The NY Times reports.

  • Aug 6- The Texas power grid operator said electric demand was at an all-time peak as consumers cranked up their air conditioners to escape a brutal heat wave, breaking the previous record set four years ago and pushing prices to an 18- month high. Next-day power prices at the Ercot North hub on the IntercontinentalExchange jumped from $66 per megawatt hour for...

  • BRUSSELS, Aug 6- Internet firms such as Cisco, Google and Amazon will be subject to a new EU cybersecurity law forcing them to adopt tough security measures and possibly report serious breaches to national authorities, according to a document seen by Reuters. The so-called Network and Information Security Directive has been stuck in talks between member...

  • *H1 HEPS 19 cents, middle of range it had flagged to market. JOHANNESBURG, Aug 6- South Africa's Sibanye Gold is looking to buy coal assets to help provide power, it said on Thursday, as it strives to reduce dependence on unreliable supplies from state-run utility Eskom. Chief executive Neal Froneman said the company needed more than the 3 billion rand solar-powered...

  • Texas power demand breaks 2011 record during heat wave Thursday, 6 Aug 2015 | 8:27 AM ET

    Aug 6- The Texas power grid operator said demand for electricity hit an all-time record as consumers cranked up air conditioners to escape a brutal heat wave on Wednesday, breaking the previous record set four years ago. Temperatures in Houston, the biggest city in Texas, hit 98 degrees Fahrenheit on Wednesday and were expected to hit or exceed 100 degrees every...

  • Aug 6- Duke Energy Corp reported lower-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue, hurt by higher expenses in its U.S. regulated power business and weakness in its operations outside North America. Duke sells power to 7.3 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky at rates set by state regulators.

  • BRASILIA/ SAO PAULO, Aug 5- Brazil's two largest energy companies, Eletrobras and Petrobras, settled a quarrel on Wednesday worth billions of dollars in late payments for fuel supplies, the government said. Brazil's Energy Ministry said Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras SA, as Eletrobras is known, will pay Petrobras a bill that at one point late last year was...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Aug 5- For 13 years, a near blanket freeze on utility tariffs has pushed creaking power grids to the brink of collapse in Argentina's capital, stunting private investment and leading to regular outages when demand peaks. The firm expects a government led by either of the main candidates- the ruling party's Daniel Scioli and his more...