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Jan 22, 2013

EU energy chief appeals to Germany to drop energy isolation

BERLIN, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Germany must turn away from its
go-it-alone energy shift and work more with the European Union
to build a cost-efficient, secure and sustainable sector,
European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said on Tuesday.

“Germany has to make its energy transformation compatible
with Europe,” Oettinger said on the opening day of Germany’s
most prestigious energy gathering, the three-day annual
Handelsblatt conference.

Jan 22, 2013

Germany takes leave of power market fundamentals

BERLIN, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Wholesale power prices in Germany
are at their lowest in more than three years, undermining the
profitability of fossil fuel power generation and trading, and
yet 40 million households pay record prices well above European
Union averages.

To explain this state of affairs, look no further than the
expansion of renewable energy installations, which provide
bursts of subsidised power often enough to trash market
fundamentals.

Jan 21, 2013

Areva, Toshiba eye nuclear fuel producer Urenco: sources

LONDON/BERLIN (Reuters) – France’s Areva (AREVA.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Japan’s Toshiba Corp (6502.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) are considering bids for nuclear fuel producer Urenco, but British, German and Dutch authorities disagree over what to do with the ultra-secret firm, industry sources said.

Britain is keen to sell its 33 percent stake, and German utilities RWE (RWEG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and E.ON (EONGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) are talking to potential buyers over their combined 33 percent, but the Dutch government is not considering a sale.

Jan 21, 2013

German energy leaders grapple with switch to renewables

BERLIN, Jan 21 (Reuters) – The challenges of shifting to
renewable energy, such as costs, regulation, financing, and poor
reliability, will loom large for Germany’s energy leaders this
week when they meet to discuss the country’s boldest
infrastructure project since reunification.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision, after Japan’s Fukushima
disaster two years ago, to abandon nuclear energy and switch to
more renewable sources like wind and solar power, is being
watched the world over as a possible model for others to follow.

Jan 14, 2013

News Corp to grab control of Sky Deutschland

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp tightened its grip on Sky Deutschland on Monday, saying it would raise its stake in the German pay-TV company to 54.5 percent from just under half in a capital increase.

The move comes as media conglomerate News Corp separates its publishing and entertainment assets into two publicly traded companies following shareholder pressure to sell its troubled newspaper business and put a greater focus on the faster-growing TV companies.

Jan 8, 2013

Solar industry outlook still bleak despite recent rally

LOS ANGELES/FRANKFURT, Jan 8 (Reuters) – Solar stocks kicked
off 2013 with a sharp rally, prompted in part by last week’s
news that a company controlled by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire
Hathaway Inc would pay up to $2.5 billion for two
SunPower solar projects in California.

This week, the stocks retreated after many investors and
analysts called the moves overblown, making the Buffett rally
look more like a short-term bump.

Dec 20, 2012

Deutsche Telekom CEO to resign, finance chief to take over

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Deutsche Telekom Chief Executive Rene Obermann will step down at the end of next year and be succeeded at the helm of Germany’s former state telecoms monopoly by finance director Timotheus Hoettges.

Hoettges, 50, said on Thursday he was not planning major changes to strategy and would continue Obermann’s drive of investing in the United States and Germany as the firm battles to return to revenue growth against a tough economic backdrop.

Dec 20, 2012

Deutsche Telekom finance head to become CEO at end 2013

FRANKFURT, Dec 20 (Reuters) – Deutsche Telekom
Chief Executive Rene Obermann will step down at the end of next
year and be succeeded at the helm of Germany’s former state
telecoms monopoly by finance director Timotheus Hoettges.

Hoettges, 50, said on Thursday he was not planning major
changes to strategy and would continue Obermann’s drive of
investing in the United States and Germany as the firm battles
to return to revenue growth against a tough economic backdrop.

Dec 19, 2012

Macquarie buys stake in Czech gas grids

FRANKFURT, Dec 19 (Reuters) – Australian bank Macquarie
has bought a stake in Czech gas grids owned by
Germany’s No.2 utility RWE, adding to its European
infrastructure portfolio as it hunts for stable returns.

Infrastructure investors are looking to buy into safer
assets that yield guaranteed returns, such as power and gas
grids, amid turbulent stock markets and low interest rates.

Dec 12, 2012

Power grid expansion to boost infrastructure groups -BlackRock

FRANKFURT, Dec 12 (Reuters) – The need for power grid
expansion will be a boon for infrastructure companies in the
coming years, according to fund managers at BlackRock, the
world’s biggest money manager.

“We are very bullish on energy infrastructure,” Alastair
Bishop told Reuters. “The need for investments in the area of
energy infrastructure will be one of the clearest themes in the
next three years and beyond.”

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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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