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  • 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.

  • There's a reason behind those surging solar stocks Monday, 13 Jan 2014 | 7:05 AM ET
    Since 2008, the price of solar panels has declined 75 percent.

    The solar sector is experiencing an unexpected revival, powering a rally in solar stocks.

  • Power play: Utilities want solar users to pay up Thursday, 9 Jan 2014 | 11:25 AM ET
    Since 2008, the price of solar panels has declined 75 percent.

    Utility companies' battle with solar users illustrates the distance the alternative energy source has traveled.

  • As winter takes hold, plunging temps test utilities Thursday, 9 Jan 2014 | 6:25 AM ET

    Several utility companies have recently announced increases in their retail electricity rate as they struggle to meet peak periods of demand.

  • Double threat: US grid vulnerable on two fronts Sunday, 5 Jan 2014 | 9:00 AM ET

    Consensus is growing that the U.S. electricity grid is vulnerable to both hacking and physical attacks, but protecting it remains a work in progress.

  • China's smog threatens health of global coal projects Thursday, 14 Nov 2013 | 8:21 PM ET
    Cyclists and bikers stop at a traffic light, as buildings are faintly seen, rear, shrouded in a haze of smog in Beijing. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)

    A choking smog across much of northern China threatens major coal projects globally that are still on the drawing board.

  • Energy mergers, yes. Neglected grid? Probably not Wednesday, 13 Nov 2013 | 1:49 PM ET

    Breakneck consolidation among utilities is unlikely to cause them to cut back on investments in infrastructure, analysts say.

  • Steve Holliday, National Grid CEO, discusses what his company has done to secure power service and protect customers from storms like Superstorm Sandy.

  • EDF, Britain in $26 billion deal for nuclear plant Monday, 21 Oct 2013 | 2:35 AM ET
    Hinkley Point Nuclear Power Station

    French utility EDF and the British government have signed an agreement to build two nuclear reactors for a total cost of 16 billion pounds, EDF said in a statement on Monday.

  • Scammers target utility customers Wednesday, 9 Oct 2013 | 6:00 AM ET
    Duke Power recently emailed this fraud alert to residential and business electric customers to warn them of the ongoing scam.

    In the latest "despicable scam," fraudsters threaten to shut off your power unless you fork over cash.

  • Radiation readings at Japan plant spike Sunday, 1 Sep 2013 | 3:12 AM ET
    Officials at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in northern Japan

    Radiation near a tank holding highly contaminated water at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has spiked 18-fold, the plant's operator said on Sunday.

  • Blackout: 10 years later     Wednesday, 14 Aug 2013 | 2:53 PM ET

    The massive Northeast blackout that left 50 million people in darkness occurred 10 years ago today. Generac has soared 235 percent since then. Its CEO Aaron Jagdfeld, discusses whether the U.S. is better prepared for something like this today.

  • Battery technology gets better     Friday, 19 Jul 2013 | 11:45 AM ET

    CNBC's Scott Cohn looks at electricity storage and a new battery technology that could actually power entire neighborhoods.

  • East Coast heat wave spikes electricity prices Thursday, 18 Jul 2013 | 2:50 PM ET
    New York's Times Square on Tuesday.

    With electricity demand in places like NYC flirting with all-time highs, power prices are reaching staggering levels.

  • 'Vampire' Modems, Routers Waste $1 Billion a Year Sunday, 7 Jul 2013 | 3:00 PM ET

    Modems and routers are bigger energy hogs than laptops and cell phone chargers. On a national scale, it’s pretty staggering: $1 billion a year in electricity.