March 10- California set back-to-back solar power records last week, the state grid operator said on Monday. With 5,231 MW, California leads the nation in installed solar generation, including thermal and photovoltaic facilities, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.» Read More
*China, India to propel coal past oil by end of decade. *China to drive two-thirds of coal growth this decade. DAEGU, South Korea, Oct 14- Coal, propelled by rising use in China and India, will surpass oil as the key fuel for the global economy by 2020 despite government efforts to reduce carbon emissions, energy consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie said on Monday.
NEW DELHI, Oct 14- Tata Power's 1,050 Megawatt power station in the state of Jharkhand is a textbook case of the absurd results that India's 1970 s-era coal supply laws can produce, and why power utilities are lobbying the government to change them.
Oct 11- Shares of SolarCity Corp rose as much as 24 percent after the U.S. solar panel installer said it expects to boost its installation capacity by at least 70 percent next year as home solar power gains greater acceptance in the country.
TORONTO, Oct 10- The Ontario government is dropping plans to build two new nuclear plants and will focus on refurbishing its aging facilities instead, the Canadian province's energy minister said on Thursday. Chiarelli said nuclear energy, which made up 56 percent of the province's energy output last year, would remain an important part of Ontario energy.
Oct 10- U.S. federal energy regulators said on Thursday they filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Eastern District Court in California against British bank Barclays Plc to recover $435 million in civil penalties for alleged power market manipulation.
The institute's CEO Brad Page said while the number of operational CCS plants increased 50 percent since 2012, no new projects have been proposed outside of China- a worrying trend that will keep the technology from playing a role in curbing global emissions growth.
LONDON, Oct 10- British energy supplier SSE inflamed a growing political row over the rising cost of living on Thursday when it hiked prices by more than three times the rate of inflation.
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei, Oct 10- The United States and Vietnam on Thursday signed a pact that would allow the transfer of nuclear technology to the Southeast Asian nation and open the way for U.S. investment in the burgeoning industry, in another sign that Washington is seeking stronger economic and strategic ties in the region.
In the latest "despicable scam," fraudsters threaten to shut off your power unless you fork over cash.
BRASILIA, Oct 8- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is looking to cut power rates again, one year after her government shocked investors by strong-arming utility companies into reducing some of the world's highest electricity costs.
Those controls are needed to keep the units compliant with federal environmental rules proposed since President Barack Obama took office in 2009. There are about 318 gigawatts of coal-fired power plants in the United States, about 30 percent of the nation's 1,051 GW generation fleet.
LONDON, Oct 8- A link between British grid frequency- set by the speed at which power turbines spin- and electricity prices suggests a trading opportunity in European spot markets, where liquidity is rising to balance a more variable power supply.
*Investors tiptoe back to Italy after steering clear. MILAN, Oct 7- Italy's state investment firm is taking over one of the country's top power companies to prevent yet another part of Italy Inc from falling into foreign hands.
If Tanaka succeeds in taking control of the nuclear consortium NuGen, a Japan Inc push backed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government to promote nuclear know-how overseas could provide a launch pad for Toshiba to meet its target of 29 new nuclear reactor orders by March 2018.
LONDON, Oct 2- While a U.S. Department of Energy study has concluded that fossil fuel power plants can cope with the physical stresses of balancing more renewable power, it leaves unanswered the bigger question of the financial losses utilities face.
AUSTIN, Oct 1- Texas regulators are struggling to attract new power plants and other resources so the state's electric supply will keep pace with its growing economy. Exelon subsidiaries own more than 5,000 megawatts of generation in Texas and sell power to 25,000 business customers and 130,000 residential customers.
SANTIAGO, Oct 1- Michelle Bachelet, expected to easily win Chile's presidential election this year, will likely make liquefied natural gas the backbone of her energy policy over the next four years to ease a mounting power crunch in the crucial mining industry.
WASHINGTON, Oct 1- A swathe of some of America's biggest industrial firms including Boeing and UPS warned the Federal Reserve on Tuesday that restricting Wall Street's trading in physical commodity markets could harm their business.
LONDON, Sept 27- With his promise to freeze utility bills if his party wins the next parliamentary election, Labour leader Ed Miliband has lobbed a metaphorical grenade into the heart of the country's delicate political consensus on energy and climate change.
COPENHAGEN, Sept 27- Denmark's Vestas Wind Systems has agreed a joint venture with Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for offshore wind turbines, adding financial muscle to its attempts to catch up with rivals in a sector viewed as the future of wind power.