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In France, workers at E.ON coal-fired plants were striking again on Friday, having started selected actions on Monday in a dispute over site closures and job losses. Monday baseload in France was up by 12.25 euros at 58.50 euros a megawatt hour.
FRANKFURT/ VIENNA, Oct 12- Austrian energy group Verbund AG is in talks regarding its business in Turkey and is exploring a range of options from scaling back to expanding, it said on Friday.
FRANKFURT, Oct 12- Austrian energy group Verbund. is in strategic talks regarding its business in Turkey, it said on Friday. Sources close to the deal had told Reuters in August that Germany's biggest power company, E.ON, was in talks to expand in Turkey by buying a stake in energy firm Enerjisa from Verbund.
PARIS, Oct 12- French striking workers halted production at German power group E.ON' s four coal-fired power plants in France on Friday, cutting about 3,000 MW in output capacity, a trade union representative said.
The governor of Lombardy refused to resign over a widening graft scandal on Thursday but said he would appoint a new government for Italy's wealthiest and most populous region, adding to political disarray six months from general elections.
COPENHAGEN, Oct 11- PensionDanmark became the latest manager of retirement funds to branch out in the hunt for higher returns, saying it would invest 1.6 billion euros in energy infrastructure in Europe and the United States.
BERLIN, Oct 11- Germany's environment minister outlined plans on Thursday to limit support for wind energy and biomass generation following a similar cap imposed on the photovoltaic sector, as part of a proposed reform of renewable energy policy.
*More wind electricity output in Germany, France. *Unions stopped E.ON' s French thermal power plants. ,while Germany's equivalent spot contract also fell 6.85 euros to 45.15 euros per MWh.
MILAN, Oct 11- Consumption of refined oil products in Italy fell 14.8 percent year-on-year in September to around 5.3 million tonnes, driven by weaker demand for new cars and auto fuel, industry group Unione Petrolifera said on Thursday.
*Charge to rise to 5.3 cents from 3.6 cents- source. BERLIN, Oct 10- Germany's surcharge for renewable energy will rise by almost half next year, a government source told Reuters on Wednesday, intensifying the burden for consumers from the country's shift away from nuclear power.
ROME, Oct 10- Italian oil and gas group ENI. is considering not renewing so-called "take-or-pay" contracts and is discussing the issue with Italian authorities, Chief Executive Paolo Scaroni said on Wednesday.
*Charge to rise to 5.3 cents from 3.6 cents- source. BERLIN, Oct 10- Germany's surcharge for renewable energy will rise by 47 percent next year, a government source told Reuters on Wednesday, putting pressure on consumers, who will bear the brunt of costs of the country's energy shift away from nuclear power.
BERLIN, Oct 10- Germany's surcharge for renewable energy will rise to 5.3 cents per kilowatt hour in 2013 from 3.6 cents, a government source told Reuters on Wednesday. The increase reflects the fact that increasing amounts of electricity are generated from renewable sources and that this power is bought from producers at guaranteed prices above market rates.
Traders also cited some remaining uncertainty following Tuesday's strike in the energy sector in France, which completely halted production at E.ON' s. "All of E.ON' s plants were off yesterday and as far as I know they were all available again today, but the strike notice still hasn't been lifted, and this is creating tensions," a Paris- based trader said.
*CDP sells 3.3 pct stake in Eni to help fund Snam stake buy. MILAN, Oct 9- Italy's state investment holding company, Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, completed the sale of a 3.3 percent stake in oil group Eni on Tuesday for 2.1 billion euros to help fund the acquisition of a controlling stake in gas network company Snam.
ROME, Oct 9- Italy's state investment holding company Cassa Depositi e Prestiti said on Tuesday it had completed the sale of a 3.3 percent stake in oil group Eni, selling some 58.3 million shares between Sept. 24 and Oct. 9 for around 1 billion euros.
*Says hopes to be profitable in France "very quickly". launched a retail gas offer in France on Tuesday, hoping to triple its number of customers by 2016 in a tightly-knit market still dominated by former monopoly GDF Suez.
*CDP to sell Eni shares to help fund Snam stake buy. MILAN, Oct 9- A placement of shares in oil and gas group Eni on Tuesday was made on behalf of Italian state-controlled finance group Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, sources said, as part of plans for Eni to exit gas network company Snam.
ROME, Oct 9- Italy's central government plans to take charge of energy and infrastructure policies currently controlled at the regional level, Prime Minister Mario Monti told local administrators on Tuesday, according to a source present at the meeting. Monti was outlining measures the cabinet plans to take at a meeting later on Tuesday.
*Iraq oil official sees 2.8 mbpd Oct exports. LONDON, Oct 9- Iraq's oil exports are expected to rise to their highest in decades this month and production is on course to more than double by 2020, as it cements its place as OPEC's second-biggest producer after Saudi Arabia.