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  • BUENOS AIRES, April 11- Argentina aims to rake in $5 billion in investments in renewable energy by 2018 with the goal of reducing its energy deficit, a government official told Reuters, as hopes for near-term increased output from the Vaca Muerta shale field fade. This aims to "diversify the power grid, replacing liquid combustibles which are normally mostly...

  • LOS ANGELES, April 8- In November, solar energy giant SunEdison Inc reported that its project pipeline had grown by 75 percent in just a year, the result of an aggressive growth strategy. Among the deals now in question is a solar plant under construction for the central Texas community of Georgetown. And last month, TerraForm Global- a related company set up to own...

  • *Debt-heavy SunEdison looking to sell India assets. MUMBAI, April 7- The likely collapse of SunEdison Inc's solar project in India, the first of 32 planned "ultra mega" complexes, could delay Prime Minister Narendra Modi's goal to increase renewable energy fivefold by several years and probably cost consumers more. India plans to auction more of the "ultra mega"...

  • Geothermal assets are based in Indonesia and Philippines. SINGAPORE, April 6- French utility Engie and Japan's Marubeni are among several suitors preparing to bid for Chevron Corp's Asian geothermal energy blocks valued at about $3 billion, sources familiar with the matter said. Potential buyers including Southeast Asian firms are attracted by the...

  • TOKYO, April 6- Japan's benchmark Nikkei index ended slightly lower on Wednesday, marking its longest losing streak since the start of "Abenomics", as the yen hovered near a 17- month high. Shares of Inpex Corp ended 0.7 percent lower after Japan's biggest oil and gas developer halved its full-year net profit estimate late on Tuesday due to the ongoing oil rout.

  • SAO PAULO/ BRASILIA, April 5- Officials from China State Grid visited energy transmission projects in Brazil under construction by Abengoa SA to evaluate the merits of a takeover of the assets that had stalled last year when the Spanish firm ran into financial problems, two sources confirmed on Tuesday. The source said the government wants to avoid a piecemeal...

  • ISTANBUL, April 5- Turkey's Sabanci Holding plans to sell a minority stake in the electricity distribution and energy retail businesses of its Enerjisa subsidiary to cut debt ahead of Enerjisa's initial public offering, a senior executive said on Tuesday. Sabanci, one of Turkey's largest conglomerates, expects to float Enerjisa as early as the end of next year,...

  • Wilmington, Del., April 4- TerraForm Global Inc on Monday sued controlling shareholder SunEdison Inc for misappropriating $231 million of TerraForm Global's cash, days after hedge fund billionaire David Tepper made similar accusations against the struggling renewable energy company. TerraForm Global said SunEdison, which is being investigated by...

  • April 4- TerraForm Global Inc, a unit of troubled U.S. solar energy company SunEdison Inc, said its lenders had agreed to give the company another month to file its annual report, after it missed the March 30 deadline. The company disclosed on Monday it had ended a deal for a hydro-electric power plant last week and had paid $10 million as termination fees.

  • Tesla Motors' Model 3, a $35,000 electric car with a minimum range of 215 miles per charge, will start production in 2017, CEO Elon Musk said.

  • Tesla debuts the Model 3 electric car

    Anna-Marie Baisden, head of autos analysis at BMI Research, talks about the challenges facing Tesla as it brings its latest electric car to market.

  • 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...