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Nov 14, 2014

Offshore wind industry races to cut costs as subsidies drop

OFF THE COAST OF HELIGOLAND, Germany, Nov 14 (Reuters) – As
European governments start to curb offshore renewable power
subsidies, utilities, wind turbine makers and installers are
racing to cut costs to help the industry survive.

Britain, Germany and the Netherlands, wary of committing
billions of euros when budgets are tight, have announced subsidy
cuts in the past 18 months – a blow to the European offshore
wind industry which employs nearly 60,000 people.

Nov 13, 2014

RWE’s sale of DEA to Russian billionaire may be delayed

FRANKFURT, Nov 13 (Reuters) – German utility RWE’s
sale of its oil and gas business DEA to Russian
billionaire Mikhail Fridman may take longer than expected,
adding to uncertainty over the fate of the 5.1 billion euro
($6.4 billion) deal.

The transaction, announced in March, coincided with
sanctions being imposed on Russia for its role in the Ukraine
crisis. This could complicate the sale process, which requires
approval from the 14 countries where DEA operates.

Nov 12, 2014

Germany’s E.ON hit by weak rouble, industry crisis

FRANKFURT, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Germany’s top utility E.ON
has posted a steep drop in profits at its business in
Russia, its most important foreign market, where the rouble has
slumped and the economy slowed due to the Ukraine conflict and
falling oil prices.

Russia – where E.ON sells electricity, gets most of its gas
supplies and owns a stake in a major gas field – has seen its
currency fall by more than a quarter this year
following Western economic sanctions over Ukraine.

Oct 30, 2014

Germany’s Wacker Chemie boosted by recovering solar sector

FRANKFURT, Oct 30 (Reuters) – German chemicals group Wacker
Chemie more than doubled core earnings in the third
quarter, boosted by strong global demand for polysilicon, which
is used by the recovering solar sector in photovoltaic cells.

Emerging from a four-year crisis triggered by oversupply of
equipment and a decline in renewables subsidies, the solar
industry is experiencing rising demand that research firm IHS
says could increase panel installations by more than a fifth
this year and has lifted polysilicon prices 15 percent since the
start of the year.

Oct 29, 2014

Bidders line up for E.ON’s Spanish assets – sources

FRANKFURT/MADRID, Oct 29 (Reuters) – E.ON is
asking bidders to submit binding offers for its Spanish business
by Nov. 3, in a sale likely to fetch as much as 2.2 billion
euros ($2.8 billion) to help Germany’s top utility cut debt,
three people familiar with the matter said.

Potential bidders include Australia’s Macquarie,
private equity firm CVC Capital Partners and Spain’s
largest utility Endesa, which is controlled by Italy’s
Enel, the sources told Reuters.

Oct 28, 2014

E.ON puts back bid deadline for Italy assets – sources

MILAN/FRANKFURT, Oct 28 (Reuters) – The sale of the Italian
assets of German energy group E.ON has hit another
hurdle, with the deadline for binding offers pushed back to late
November, four sources familiar with the matter said.

Germany’s biggest utility, which is seeking to offload its
Italian businesses to cut debt, had originally planned to
complete the deal in the second quarter of this year, according
to presentation slides obtained by Reuters, but Europe’s
depressed power market has prompted a series of delays.

Oct 16, 2014

MOL still keen on RWE’s oil and gas unit if rival deal fails

FRANKFURT, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Hungary’s MOL Group
said it would be interested in re-entering talks to buy RWE’s
oil and gas unit DEA if a 5.1 billion euro
($6.5 billion) sale to Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman falls
through.

Investors and analysts have expressed concern about the
deal since it was first announced in March, pointing to growing
tensions between Europe and Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

Oct 16, 2014

If RWE unit sale to Fridman falters, Hungary’s MOL still keen

FRANKFURT, Oct 16 (Reuters) – MOL Group would be
interested in re-entering talks to buy RWE’s DEA unit
if a sale to Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman
fails to secure British approval, the Hungarian energy firm said
on Thursday.

RWE struck a deal in March to sell DEA for 5.1 billion euros
($6.52 billion) to a Fridman-led group of investors but warned
two weeks ago that it was still lacking approval from the
British government.

Sep 25, 2014

Investors warming up to German offshore wind plants

FRANKFURT, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Germany’s offshore wind
parks, once seen as only for brave investors because of high
costs and operational risks, are attracting fresh money after
laws were passed to ensure ambitious renewables targets are met.

British investment firm Laidlaw Capital bought its second
German offshore wind park project two weeks ago, following a
landmark German offshore wind acquisition by Canadian energy
group Northland Power.

Sep 15, 2014

German man, 20, goes on trial for Islamic State membership

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – A 20-year-old German man charged with joining Islamic State militants in Syria last year went on trial in Frankfurt on Monday, the first such case in Germany.

Kreshnik B., who was born in Germany and whose parents are from Kosovo, is charged with membership of Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) between July and December 2013.

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      "I'm responsible for the coverage of German renewable companies, mainly solar, at Reuters News. Previously, I have worked as a correspondent at Thomson Financial News, covering German technology and construction companies."
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