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  • WASHINGTON, Oct 23- The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday kicked off an 11- city "listening tour" as part of its effort to craft emissions rules for existing power plants under the Obama administration's strategy to address climate change. The tour started in New York and Atlanta, with meetings wrapping up on Nov. 8.

  • U.S. power plant emissions tumble on shift to natural gas Wednesday, 23 Oct 2013 | 1:33 PM ET

    The fleet of exiting power plants will be the main target of President Barack Obama's climate action plan, which requires the EPA to propose a rule to regulate their emissions by June 2014. The EPA on Wednesday kicked off an 11- city listening session tour to solicit feedback from states that will need to implement plans to reduce power plant emissions.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 23- Eneva SA, the Brazilian electricity-generation company controlled by Germany's E.ON, began commercial operations at its third natural gas-fired power plant in Brazil's northeast, the company said in a statement on Wednesday. The plant boosts Eneva's generation capacity in the Parnaiba region of Maranhão state to 845 megawatts.

  • COLUMN-EU, U.S. carbon emissions on downward trend: Wynn Wednesday, 23 Oct 2013 | 7:22 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 23- Both European Union and U.S. carbon emissions have fallen sharply over the past five years, but working out whether that will continue requires teasing out short-term and one-off factors, and pinpointing lasting efficiency gains.

  • EPA hits the road to seek input on power plant rules Wednesday, 23 Oct 2013 | 6:59 AM ET

    The tour starts in New York and Atlanta. Meetings will then be held from Boston to Seattle, wrapping up on Nov. 8. The EPA will use a rarely employed section of the federal Clean Air Act, known as section 111, and will rely heavily on input from states to craft a flexible rule that can be applied to states with different energy profiles.

  • Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions Monday, 21 Oct 2013 | 5:18 PM ET

    **Crown Castle International Corp said on Sunday that it had agreed to buy rights to about 9,700 AT&T Inc wireless communication towers for $4.85 billion in cash.

  • PARIS/ LONDON, Oct 21- Britain signed a deal with France's EDF on Monday to build a 16- billion pound nuclear plant, the first European country to offer state guarantees in order to fund a nuclear project.

  • COLUMN-British nuclear embrace fails to convince: Wynn Monday, 21 Oct 2013 | 10:50 AM ET

    Britain has ruled out new coal power and adopted tough carbon emissions targets as well as a carbon tax on energy, given concerns about climate change.

  • CHICAGO, Oct 21- When the Obama administration unveiled new emission regulations for coal-fired power plants earlier this year, the National Association of Manufacturers blasted the proposed rules, saying they would hurt its members "twice"- as energy users and as polluters "next in line" for such rules.

  • PARIS/ LONDON, Oct 21- Britain signed a deal with France's EDF to build a 16- billion pound nuclear plant, becoming the first European country to provide state guarantees to help fund a nuclear project.

  • FACTBOX-Britain's guaranteed nuclear power price Monday, 21 Oct 2013 | 5:31 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 21- The British government signed a deal with France's EDF on Monday that guarantees a minimum price of up to 92.50 pounds per megawatt hour for electricity produced from a new nuclear power plant. The strike price forms part of an electricity market reform package expected to enter into law next year.

  • 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.

  • EDF, Britain sign $26 bln deal for nuclear plant Monday, 21 Oct 2013 | 2:06 AM ET

    PARIS, Oct 21- 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. EDF said it would have a 45 to 50 percent stake in the consortium to build two Areva- designed EPR reactors at Hinkley Point C in Somerset, southwest England.

  • 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.

  • JPMorgan Energy Spat Resurrects Ghost of Enron Friday, 10 May 2013 | 11:07 AM ET

    Regulators used sharp words to accuse JPMorgan Chase of manipulating energy markets, in language similar to that which buffeted -- and eventually took down -- bankrupt energy giant Enron.

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