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  • *Energy squeeze since June after Russia gas cut off. Without Russian natural gas imports since June and hit by separatist violence that has disrupted its own coal mining, Ukraine has been forced to introduce mass electricity cuts. To help keep coal-fired power plants operating it turned to South Africa for one million tonnes of coal and received three...

  • *Energy squeeze since June after Russia gas cut off. Without Russian natural gas imports since June and hit by separatist violence that has disrupted its own coal mining, Ukraine has been forced to introduce mass electricity cuts. To help keep coal-fired power plants operating it turned to South Africa for one million tonnes of coal and received three...

  • Will oil’s drop hurt renewable energy? Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 10:43 PM ET
    School students near the Solar Energy compound at Moushuni in West Bengal, India

    Suddenly cheap oil may spur economic re-calculations across the board, but analysts are sticking with a still-sunny outlook for renewable energy.

  • LONDON, Dec 4- Bidders including Borealis, Macquarie and Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings are lining up multi-billion dollar bids for Fortum's Swedish power grid ahead of a mid-December deadline, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. Finland's state-controlled utility Fortum is selling its Swedish power grid, which is seen fetching around 6...

  • SHANGHAI, Dec 4- Chinese coal miners are raising spot prices in a domestic market struggling to recover from seven-year lows, desperate for an edge in annual negotiations to supply power plants, key buyers in the world's biggest consumer of coal, industry sources say. Discussions on annual contracts for 2015 are being closely watched abroad as any sustained...

  • BERLIN, Dec 3- Germany's cabinet approved a new plan on Wednesday to slash CO2 emissions in order to meet its ambitious climate targets, but environmental groups criticised the government for not going further in reducing its reliance on coal-fired power plants. The package, which includes an energy efficiency programme that could trigger billions of euros...

  • KIEV, Dec 3- Ukraine's energy authorities said on Wednesday that an accident at a nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhya in the south-east of the country posed no danger and the plant would return to normal operations on Dec. 5. In Vienna, the International Atomic Energy Agency said it had no immediate comment on the report. Ukraine, Belarus and Russia, have estimated...

  • KIEV, Dec 3- Ukraine's Energy Minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn said on Wednesday an accident at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in southeast Ukraine posed no danger and that the plant would return to running as normal on Dec. 5. "There is no threat... there are no problems with the reactors," Demchyshyn said at briefing, saying the accident affected the power output...

  • *To pay dividend of 0.50 euro/ share for 2014, 2015. *Sells Spain, Portugal assets to Macquarie for 2.5 bln euros. FRANKFURT, Dec 1- Germany's top utility E.ON said it would split in two, spinning off power plants to focus on renewable energy and power grids, a dramatic response to industry changes that could trigger similar moves at European peers.

  • Why the sun may not shine on utility dividends Monday, 1 Dec 2014 | 7:00 AM ET
    Solar energy roof panels

    For decades, retirees have counted on utilities to pay big dividends and cover interest on bonds, but that was before solar took off.

  • *To pay dividend of 0.50 euro/ share for 2014, 2015. *Sells Spain, Portugal assets to Macquarie for 2.5 bln euros. FRANKFURT, Dec 1- Germany's biggest utility E.ON announced plans on Sunday to split in two and spin off most of its power generation, energy trading and upstream businesses, responding to a crisis that has crippled the European energy sector.

  • Germany's biggest utility E.ON announced plans on Sunday to split in two and spin off most of its power generation, energy trading and upstream businesses.

  • *Sells Spain, Portugal assets to Macquarie for 2.5 bln euros. FRANKFURT, Nov 30- Germany's biggest utility E.ON announced plans on Sunday to split in two and spin off most of its power generation, energy trading and upstream businesses, a drastic response to changes in the global energy sector. Germany's power sector has been in turmoil, hit by a prolonged period of...

  • Lack of coal may bring Ukraine to its knees this winter Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 8:48 AM ET

    LONDON/ BRUSSELS, Nov 26- A shortage of coal, rather than gas, is likely to plunge Ukraine into freezing darkness this winter as conflict in its east seals off supplies that used to make it self sufficient. "We have no energy reserves now, everything works on maximum and every technical problem can lead to sharp power cuts," said Andrey Favorov, managing director of...

  • TOKYO, Nov 26- Japan's total coal consumption is likely to stay near a record high next year as a prolonged shut down of nuclear plants and a softer economy prompt power utilities to stock up on the cheaper fuel, a government-affiliated energy research institute said. The continued high demand from the world's second-biggest coal importer will support a...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 25- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to weigh a challenge by industry groups and some states to an Obama administration regulation intended to limit emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants. The EPA rule, if left intact, could help spur utility companies to shut down some coal-fired plants...

  • ANKARA, Nov 25- Turkey has entered exclusive preliminary talks with U.S.-based Westinghouse Electric Company, part of Japan's Toshiba group, on building the country's third nuclear power plant, Westinghouse said. Turkey currently has projects for two nuclear plants, which are expected to cost $20 billion and $22 billion respectively. In 2013, a consortium of...

  • Secret to Jeff Goldblum's success? Think electric Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 12:48 PM ET
    Jeff Goldblum in a G.E. spot "Enhance Your Lighting".

    We've finally figured out the secret to Jeff Goldblum's enduring charm and success as an actor: really great lighting, TODAY reports.

  • Calls intensify for protecting America's power grid Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 1:41 PM ET

    Widespread electronic attacks on U.S. interests have amplified calls to fortify the U.S.'s aging electric grid from terrorism.

  • Are the world’s cars on the cusp of going solar? Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 6:27 PM ET

    Falling solar system and battery prices combined with electric vehicles' rise may soon send internal combustion engines to the junk yard, analysts say.