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  • Utilities: Slow and steady wins the race     Tuesday, 27 May 2014 | 6:53 AM ET

    CNBC's Dominic Chu takes a look at why utilities are collectively the best performing stocks in the S&P 500 so far this year.

  • *Areva, Alstom in competing French offshore consortia. *Areva keen on Alstom's contracts, not its technology. PARIS, May 23- France's nuclear group Areva would be interested in Alstom's offshore wind turbine contracts but would use its own turbine technology rather than the engineering group's, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told Reuters.

  • *Areva, Alstom in competing French offshore consortia. *Areva keen on Alstom's contracts, not its technology. PARIS, May 23- France's nuclear group Areva would be interested in Alstom's offshore wind turbine contracts but would use its own turbine technology rather than the engineering group's, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told Reuters.

  • May 22- Duke Energy Corp has agreed to find and remove coal ash that a retired North Carolina power plant spilled into the Dan River, which provides drinking water to two towns in nearby Virginia, U.S. environmental regulators said on Thursday.

  • French govt gets more time to weigh GE/Alstom deal Thursday, 22 May 2014 | 5:08 PM ET
    An Alstom welding instructor uses a sound wave sensor to test for defects in welded metal joints at Alstom SA's welding training facility in Stafford, U.K., May 12, 2014.

    GE has agreed to push back a deadline for Alstom's board to vote on its offer for the company's power business, at the request of the French government.

  • SAO PAULO, May 22- Afranio Sobrinho has one of the most unpopular jobs in Brazil. Sao Paulo's main reservoir fell last week to an all-time low of 7.8 percent of capacity, raising the specter of a water shortage in a country with the world's largest fresh-water reserves.

  • The lack of progress in talks in Vienna that ended last week between Iran and United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany had raised doubts over the prospects for a breakthrough by the self-imposed July 20 deadline.

  • Immelt rebuffs notion Alstom deal a 's--- show' Wednesday, 21 May 2014 | 3:23 PM ET
    Jeffrey Immelt, chairman and chief executive officer of General Electric.

    General Electric's chief executive expressed confidence that the firm's takeover of a French power company will go through despite resistance.

  • May 21- Trina Solar Ltd forecast higher solar panel shipments for the second quarter, helped by improving demand from China, sending its shares up as much as 27 percent in morning trade.

  • *Japan court rejects Kansai Electric safety assurances. All 48 of Japan's nuclear reactors have been idled for safety checks after an earthquake and tsunami triggered triple meltdowns at Tokyo Electric Power Co's Fukushima Daiichi plant, forcing more than 150,000 residents to evacuate.

  • TOKYO, May 21- A Japanese court ruled against allowing the restart of a nuclear power plant west of Tokyo on Wednesday, its operator said, a rare case in which anti-nuclear plaintiffs have successfully won a ruling to shut down reactors.

  • Japan court rules against nuclear restart for first time Wednesday, 21 May 2014 | 2:31 AM ET

    TOKYO, May 21- A Japanese court ruled against allowing the restart of a nuclear power plant west of Tokyo on Wednesday, NHK Television said, the first time that anti-nuclear plaintiffs have successfully sued to shut down a reactor in more than four decades of atomic power in the country.

  • 'New normal': No one escapes pain in drought areas Tuesday, 20 May 2014 | 3:58 PM ET
    A tractor plows a field in Firebaugh, Calif.  The farmer had 20 percent of his almond trees removed because he doesn't have access to enough water to keep them watered.

    Analysts say farmers, businesses and consumers are all going to feel the effect of the drought hammering the West.

  • MEXICO CITY, May 20- Mexico's state-owned power utility plans to start selling natural gas to the private sector for the first time as it builds new pipelines, the company's top executive said.

  • COLUMN-For investors, coal brings lumps Monday, 19 May 2014 | 12:40 PM ET

    CHICAGO, May 19- If you care about the environment, you can emulate Stanford University's move to remove coal-producing companies from its endowment portfolio by purging fossil fuel companies from your own investments, although it will take a customized strategy.

  • Susan Story discusses her vision for the nation's largest publicly traded water utility and the impact of California's drought.

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, May 19- Narendra Modi's crushing election win has given rise to hopes for an economic revival in India, but much will depend on whether he can replicate the electricity success of his home state.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, May 16- Brazilian mining giant Vale said on Friday it plans to close its Integra coal mine in Australia because it is losing money, the latest in company efforts to row back from non-core overseas assets. The price of thermal coal fell 40 percent in the last three years as coal supply remained robust and demand fell in Europe and China.

  • May 16- Solar panel maker Canadian Solar Inc forecast much lower-than-expected quarterly revenue as it expects to recognize most of the revenue from its solar projects in Canada and the United States later in the year.

  • "In a landmark move towards an integrated European power market, the full coupling of the south-western Europe day-ahead markets was successfully launched today," grid operators and power exchanges said in a combined statement.

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