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*Payrolls data weaker than expected. NEW YORK, Sept 5- U.S. stocks ended higher on Friday, lifting the S&P 500 to a fresh closing high, after a weaker-than-expected jobs report was taken as a sign that the Federal Reserve will not begin raising interest rates anytime soon.
*Payrolls data weaker than expected. NEW YORK, Sept 5- U.S. stocks rose on Friday afternoon, rebounding from losses earlier in the session, as investors took a weak payrolls report to mean there was little risk the Federal Reserve would speed up its plans to raise interest rates.
The delays have been perpetuated also by a surge in rail deliveries of crude oil and grain, leaving power producers such as FirstEnergy Corp scrambling for transport alternatives before winter sets in, potentially adding to costs.
TORONTO, Aug 15- More than eight months after an extreme winter began snarling North American rail traffic, a Reuters analysis of industry data shows delays lingering, raising the risk of a second winter of chaos on the rails.
Ira Kay, the top CEO-compensation consultant, is on a mission to defend rising executive compensation, despite outrage from shareholders.
Torrential rain drenched parts of Colorado, damaging homes and causing at least 3 deaths. NBCNews.com reports.
MINNEAPOLIS-- Xcel Energy Inc. said Thursday that its third-quarter earnings rose 18 percent, beating expectations, as the utility company was helped by hot weather and rate hikes for electric and natural gas service and lower costs.
RED WING, Minn.-- One of the two units at Xcel Energy Inc.' s Prairie Island nuclear power plant near Red Wing is temporarily out of service. Xcel says about 600 contractors are helping Prairie Island staff do maintenance tasks and replace one-third of the unit's fuel. Each of the two reactors at Prairie Island is refueled about once every 18 months.
Xcel Energy Inc. says the blackouts affected about 50,000 customers in Denver, Fort Collins and Greeley starting at 10 p.m. Tuesday. The National Weather Service said gusts of up to 60 mph were reported in the Denver area and the northeast Colorado plains Tuesday night. Fort Morgan, Akron and Holyoke in northeastern Colorado reported 40 mph gusts.
DENVER-- About 25,000 electricity customers are without power in the Denver area and in northern Colorado as a powerful wind storm buffets the state. The National Weather Service is predicting sustained winds of 25 to 40 mph with gusts of up to 60 mph possible across the eastern half of Colorado Wednesday.
RED WING, Minn.-- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Prairie Island Indian Community have agreed to cooperate on some issues as the agency considers the fate of spent nuclear fuel at Xcel Energy Inc.' s nuclear plant in Red Wing.
DENVER-- Xcel Energy Inc. is telling dozens of Colorado cities and towns that starting Jan. 1, they won't be allowed to hang decorative banners, flags or decorations on its power poles any longer.
*Coal retirement/retrofits to cost up to $144 billion. Oct 8- More U.S. coal-fired power plants could retire due to environmental regulations and weaker-than-expected electric demand, costing the industry up to $144 billion, economists at consultancy Brattle Group said.
*EPA regs could cost economy $275 bln in 2010-2035. The Electric Power Research Institute estimated it would cost the U.S. economy up to $275 billion to meet current and pending U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations from 2010-2035 if the current timeline is followed.
Oct 4- Fitch Ratings has assigned an' A+' rating to Northern States Power- Wisconsin's $100 million issuance of 3.700% senior secured notes, Series due Oct. 1, 2042. A final rate order was issued for the NSP-WI general rate case in December 2011, authorizing electric and gas rate increases of $12.2 million and $2.9 million, respectively, and a 10.4% ROE.
BECKER, Minn.-- Xcel Energy Inc. says it will cost as much as $200 million to repair the damage from a catastrophic turbine failure at Minnesota's largest power plant last November. Sherco plant director Ron Brevig says Xcel still hasn't determined exactly why turbine broke up, sending debris and metal flying and sparking a fire.
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