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BEIJING, Dec 13- China, the world top energy user, has given the go-ahead to build six new coal mines together with a massive thermal power plant in its northwest, despite warnings about local water shortages as well as the growing risk of pollution.
LAS VEGAS-- A Nevada judge has rejected crucial state approval needed for Las Vegas to draw water from rural valleys straddling the Nevada- Utah state line and pipe it south to slake the thirst of Sin City residents and tourists.
MONTPELIER, Vt.-- Vermont regulators have ordered the Washington Electric Co-operative to suspend a program that allows homeowners to work their electric bills down to zero by installing solar, wind or other renewable energy projects that send power back to their utility's grid, saying the small utility is violating state law.
SEOUL, Dec 12- South Korea will start a winter campaign on Monday to curb peak power demand as a quarter of its nuclear units are offline, including one shut as planned on Thursday for maintenance.
Dec 11- Fortis Inc has reached a friendly deal to buy Arizona- focused utility UNS Energy Corp for about $2.5 billion in cash, the Canadian power company said on Wednesday, as it looks to expand its presence in the United States.
Dec 11- Canadian power company Fortis Inc said it agreed to buy utility firm UNS Energy Corp for about $2.5 billion in cash to expand its presence in the United States.
SEOUL, Dec 10- South Korea is looking to scale back plans to rely on nuclear power, but growing energy demand and the shutdown of aging reactors mean it will still likely need to build new nuclear-fired plants in the next two decades.
SEOUL, Dec 10- South Korea supplies about a third of its electricity from 23 nuclear power plants and plans to add 11 more by 2024, while the government is looking to lower its reliance on nuclear power to 29 percent of its total power supply by 2035. South Korea's energy ministry said on Tuesday it is considering decreasing its dependence on nuclear power to 29 percent, from a planned 41 percent by 2030. Of the current 23 units, five are offline as of Tuesday, and the total number of closure may rise as the country's nuclear reactor operator will go ahead with scheduled maintenance for another reactor, the Hanbit No. 5, on Thursday.
SEOUL, Dec 10- South Korea is looking to cut its reliance on nuclear power to 29 percent of the country's total power supply by 2035, the least amount of reduction recommended by a group urging the government to cut dependence on nuclear-fired generators.
SINGAPORE, Dec 9- Southeast Asia's power sector will tilt away from gas to use more coal by the end of this decade, chipping away at demand for liquefied natural gas as the region of more than 600 million people tries to cut costs to meet soaring electricity needs.
AUGUSTA, Maine-- Maine energy industry officials and lawmakers applauded on Wednesday the potential environmental and economic benefits of a 12- megawatt offshore wind project that could be built off the state's coast, but a lot remains to be settled before construction of the two-turbine project is ensured.
SOFIA, Dec 5- Bulgaria's parliament voted on Thursday to impose a 20 percent charge on income from wind and solar power installations next year as the Socialist-led government struggles to keep down electricity bills.
*UK power market faces severe shortage after 2015. LONDON, Dec 4- British lawmakers rejected an amendment on Wednesday that would have forced tougher rules on old coal-fired power plants, sparing the energy market from an even tighter squeeze as ageing nuclear plants shut later this decade.
SEOUL, Dec 4- Power generation at a seventh nuclear facility was halted in South Korea on Wednesday, due to a technical glitch, the country's atomic operator said, boosting the chance of power blackouts this winter.
However, if Idaho Power acts in good faith, the utility would likely be allowed to recover its costs from ratepayers, even if upgrades were abandoned before its pollution-control project was completed, PUC spokesman Gene Fadness said.
SEABROOK, N.H.-- The owners of the Seabrook Station nuclear power plant and the union representing 226 workers there reached a contract agreement Sunday to avert a lockout. Ted Jenis, president of Utility Workers Union of America Local 555, said members will vote on the agreement on Thursday.
HOUSTON-- Independent power producer Calpine is buying a power plant from MinnTex Power Holdings LLC for $625 million. "We strongly believe in the potential of the Texas market as electric demand increases and reserve margins tighten," Calpine CEO Jack Fusco said in a statement on Monday. Shares of Calpine Corp. fell a penny to $18.90 in early morning trading.
*Japan crude imports from Iran fall 19 pct in Oct to 127,279. TOKYO, Nov 29- Asia's top buyers of Iranian crude cut purchases by about 15 percent so far this year but shipments may start rising after six world powers agreed this past Sunday to ease some sanctions on Iran in return for curbs on its nuclear programme.
TOKYO, Nov 29- Japan is burning so much coal as it tries to lower the cost of replacing nuclear energy that it may see a surprise dip in imports of liquefied natural gas in 2013, the first in four years.
*Decision follows barrage of legal challenges from Iran. BRUSSELS, Nov 28- Europe's highest court struck down EU sanctions against an Iranian power company on Thursday, the latest legal ruling against measures that the European Union has imposed over Iran's nuclear programme.