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Aug 8, 2013

Solar crisis drags Germany’s SMA into loss

FRANKFURT, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Plunging prices for solar
equipment caused a bigger than expected loss at SMA Solar
, putting more pressure on Germany’s top sector player
to escape a crisis that has rattled most parts of the industry.

A glut of cells and panels as well as tough competition from
Asia has led to a pricing squeeze in the solar industry over the
past four years, pushing many former heavyweights into
insolvency including Q-Cells, Solon and
Conergy.

Aug 6, 2013

German utilities attack green squeeze on profits, hint at leaving

FRANKFURT, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Germany utilities are heaping
pressure on the government before September polls to soften
green policies that are hurting their profits, with one company
hinting it could even move gas or coal plants to countries where
it can still make money.

Germany’s 550 billion euro ($728 billion) plan to upgrade
and diversify its energy system, following a decision to abandon
nuclear power, has brought about a boom in wind and solar power.

Jul 30, 2013

Wacker Chemie tops forecast as polysilicon price steadies

FRANKFURT, July 30 (Reuters) – German chemicals firm Wacker
Chemie beat second-quarter earnings forecasts and said
a plunge in the price of polysilicon, which it supplies to the
crisis-hit solar sector, had come to an end.

Shares in the world’s second-biggest producer of polysilicon
jumped 7 percent to a 17-month high of 74.2 euros on Tuesday.

Jul 22, 2013

Wind turbine battleground shifts for European and Chinese rivals

FRANKFURT/COPENHAGEN, July 22 (Reuters) – European and
Chinese wind turbine makers are poised to do battle away from
their domestic markets as the focus in the 60 billion euro ($79
billion) industry shifts to North America, Brazil and India.

Hit by overcapacity and plunging prices in Europe and
China’s saturated markets, manufacturers of wind turbines are
under pressure to find new areas of growth to boost single-digit
profit margins.

Jul 19, 2013

RWE may have to slice up DEA unit to achieve a sale

FRANKFURT, July 19 (Reuters) – German utility RWE AG
faces a tough choice in its efforts to sell oil and
gas unit DEA – hold out for a single buyer, or offload it in
easier-to-digest slices.

The first option appeals as RWE pursues a disposal designed
to help it slash capital spending, raise an estimated 5 billion
euros ($6.6 billion) and cut net debt which stood at 33.2
billion euros at the end of March.

Jul 12, 2013

Qatar, RWE in initial talks on DEA unit -sources

FRANKFURT, July 12 (Reuters) – Qatar has held initial talks
with Germany’s No.2 utility RWE AG about buying its
DEA oil and gas exploration and production unit, two
people familiar with the deal told Reuters on Friday.

However the talks are some way from bearing fruit. “The
project has been moving very slow and no decision should be
expected anytime soon,” one of the people said on Friday.

Jul 5, 2013

Conergy files for insolvency as solar crisis deepens

FRANKFURT, July 5 (Reuters) – German solar group Conergy
has filed for insolvency, putting about 800 jobs at
risk and becoming the latest casualty in an industry battered by
overcapacity, plunging prices and a trade dispute between Europe
and China.

Once Europe’s largest solar company, Conergy has been
fighting for months to secure fresh investment.

Jul 1, 2013

RWE shares drop as Gazprom ruling brings no boost

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Germany’s No.2 utility RWE (RWEG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has doused hopes of an earnings boost following a legal ruling last week, compounding concerns about a looming profit squeeze and sending its shares to their lowest level in nearly two years.

Investors had hoped RWE would raise its full-year outlook after a court ruled Russia’s Gazprom (GAZP.MM: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) had to base the prices it charged RWE in long-term contracts partly on spot-market rates and had to reimburse the German company for overpayments since May 2010.

Jun 27, 2013

Gazprom dealt pricing blow as loses court case to RWE

FRANKFURT, June 27 (Reuters) – Russian gas export monopoly
Gazprom’s efforts to keep a link between the price it
sells gas and costlier oil were dealt a blow on Thursday, when a
court ruled it had to include market pricing in the rates it
charged Germany’s RWE.

Gazprom must also reimburse Germany’s second-largest utility
for overpayments it made on gas purchases, RWE said on Thursday,
adding to pressure on the Russian firm from European clients who
say they have lost billions of dollars on long-term supply deals
agreed at higher prices than current market spot rates.

Jun 25, 2013

Bluefield bets on UK solar potential with market debut of fund

FRANKFURT, June 25 (Reuters) – Asset management firm
Bluefield Partners is betting that the solar industry has the
potential to grow in Britain, while taking a beating elsewhere
in Europe, benefiting from favourable laws and a relatively
underdeveloped market.

Bluefield, which specialises in buying and managing energy
and infrastructure assets, plans to list the Bluefield Solar
Income Fund on the London Stock Exchange on July 12
to raise up to 150 million pounds ($231 million) for the
acquisition of solar plants in Britain.

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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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