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  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, Feb 10- The decision by an Australian power company to mothball a natural-gas plant and restart two coal-fired units seems wrong on many levels, but strangely, it has implications for U.S. liquefied gas exports.

  • Japan's nuclear re-start stalled by paperwork Sunday, 9 Feb 2014 | 9:45 AM ET
    A masked protester stands in front of the gates to the Hinkley Point nuclear power station

    Hundreds of technicians and engineers are camped out in Tokyo hotels trying to revive Japan's nuclear industry.

  • FACTBOX-Japan's nuclear plants queue up to re-start Saturday, 8 Feb 2014 | 11:29 PM ET

    Feb 9- Following is a list of nuclear reactors under review by the regulator before being allowed to re-start operations. For a related story, Capacity is in megawatts. PWR stands for pressurised water reactor.

  • TOKYO, Feb 9- Hundreds of technicians and engineers are camped out in Tokyo hotels trying to revive Japan's nuclear industry, shut down in the wake of the Fukushima disaster almost three years ago.

  • *U.S. crude rises above $100 for first time in 2014. NEW YORK, Feb 7- Oil rose by more than $2 to one-month highs on Friday, fueled by a sharp rally in gasoline and heating oil as supplies tightened and refiners started to shut down plants for maintenance.

  • *Tighter North Sea supplies support Brent. NEW YORK, Feb 7- Oil rose by more than $1 to one-month highs on Friday, fueled by a sharp rally in gasoline and heating oil as supplies tightened and refiners started to shut down plants for maintenance.

  • The technology has not yet been deployed on a commercial scale, but the EPA highlighted the pending Kemper project in September when the agency unveiled plans to set strict limits on the amount of carbon dioxide that can be generated by newly-built U.S. power plants. Southern Co tried to distance itself from the EPA at that time.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 6- Already struggling with cuts to agricultural production and other impacts from a record setting drought, California faces the prospect of lower hydroelectric power generation as well, a U.S. government report said on Thursday. A persistent dry spell has drained water supplies in California and neighboring Nevada.

  • Protecting America's power grid     Thursday, 6 Feb 2014 | 1:18 PM ET

    Frank Gaffney, President of Center for Security Policy, provides insight on the vulnerable American electric grid, and homeland security's role protecting them.

  • Video of sniper attack in California     Thursday, 6 Feb 2014 | 1:18 PM ET

    CNBC's Jon Fortt provides insight on a sniper attack on a California power station.

  • Feb 5- Almost a million homes and businesses were without power mostly in the U.S. The hardest hit state was Pennsylvania with over 720,000 customers out. Other affected states were Maryland, Arkansas, New Jersey, West Virginia, Kentucky, Delaware, New York and Ohio.

  • The overall pace of job growth isn't far off ADP's recent trend, and hiring indexes in both the ISM survey and a separate service-sector survey from Markit kept investors optimistic that the U.S. Labor Department's nonfarm payrolls report on Friday will show January hiring rebounded after a weak December, which saw a payroll gain of just 74,000..

  • Feb 5- Almost 900,000 homes and businesses were without power in the U.S. The hardest hit state was Pennsylvania with over 640,000 customers out Wednesday morning. Other affected states were Maryland, West Virginia, Arkansas, New Jersey, Kentucky, Delaware, Ohio, Virginia, Indiana and New York.

  • *UK: very unlikely independent Scotland could keep pound. "I would prefer Scotland to have a lot more power and a lot less of Mr Cameron and Mr Osborne," she said, referring to Britain's prime minister and finance minister.

  • BRASILIA, Feb 4- Some of Brazil's most populous regions suffered sporadic power outages on Tuesday, raising election-year fears of shortages in a country with a long history of blackouts.

  • FRANKFURT, Feb 3- Faced with a plunge in profits, Germany's power utilities are having to bend to the will of the government and join the renewable energy revolution, while smartening up on the retail front with new customer-friendly energy saving products.

  • SELLAFIELD, England, Jan 31- Sellafield, the largest nuclear site in Europe, declared an alert on Friday after discovering higher than usual levels of radioactivity, but later called it off, saying naturally occurring radon gas had triggered the alarm.

  • Jan 31- Chevron Corp plans to keep spending roughly $40 billion per year for the next several years on new oil and natural gas projects in a bid to lift production that is on track to be flat for the third straight year.

  • LONDON, Jan 31- Britain's Sellafield nuclear fuel reprocessing plant said on Friday it had detected higher than usual levels of radiation and ordered all non-essential staff to stay at home.

  • LONDON, Jan 31- Britain's Sellafield nuclear fuel reprocessing plant said on Friday it had detected higher than usual levels of radiation and ordered all non-essential staff to stay at home.