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Power producer Drax H1 earnings fall 15 pct on carbon tax

LONDON, July 29 (Reuters) - British power producer Drax Group Plc reported a 15 percent fall in first-half earnings, hurt by the increasing cost Britain's carbon tax.

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Vattenfall says tough conditions linger as underlying profit falls

STOCKHOLM, July 23 (Reuters) - Swedish utility Vattenfall said tough conditions for the energy market remained as it posted a 24 percent drop in underlying second-quarter operating profit on Wednesday, hit by lower energy prices and weak demand.

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INTERVIEW-German local utilities want help with power plants

FRANKFURT, July 21 (Reuters) - Germany's local utilities like their larger peers need government help for their power stations to cope with the country's energy transition, lobby group VKU said on Monday.

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S.Korean finmin says planned carbon market flawed, wants delay -paper

July 18 (Reuters) - South Korea's finance minister has called its impending emissions trading market "flawed in many ways", hinting that he would pressure other ministries to delay the planned 2015 launch, a local newspaper reported.

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Texas carbon capture venture aims to boost oil production

SAN FRANCISCO, July 15 (Reuters) - NRG Energy and Japan's JX Nippon on Tuesday announced plans to capture carbon emissions from a Texas coal plant and use the pollution to boost oil production at an aging field, the latest attempt to bring to life a troubled technology seen as a key to combating climate change.

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Texas carbon capture venture aims to boost oil production

SAN FRANCISCO, July 15 (Reuters) - NRG Energy and Japan’s JX Nippon on Tuesday announced plans to capture carbon emissions from a Texas coal plant and use the pollution to boost oil production at an aging field, the latest attempt to bring to life a troubled technology seen as a key to combating climate change.

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Drax wins case against government over biomass subsidy

LONDON, July 14 (Reuters) - British power producer Drax won a legal case against the government on Monday as the High Court overruled a decision to drop one of the company's coal-to-biomass conversion projects from a new renewable energy subsidy scheme.

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UK court shuts 2 firms over carbon, diamond investment schemes

LONDON, July 11 (Reuters) - A British court has ordered two firms into liquidation after an investigation found they had made nearly 2 million pounds ($3.4 million) through selling carbon credits, diamonds and other commodities to investors using false and misleading information.

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Companies donate half a million carbon credits to World Cup

SAO PAULO, July 10 (Reuters) - Donations of U.N.-backed carbon credits to help reduce the carbon footprint of the World Cup in Brazil have surpassed the half million mark, the local government said on Thursday.

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Three firms buy 510k African CERs in H1 2014

LONDON, July 9 (Reuters) - Three major international commodity traders bought a total 510,000 African carbon offsets from clean energy project developer ecosur afrique in the first half of 2014, showing some demand still exists for credits from the battered U.N. market.

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UN plans to make its carbon credits available to all

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations climate change secretariat is planning to enable local governments, companies and individuals to offset their planet-warming emissions using U.N.-certified carbon credits.

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China grants carbon trading licenses to Finland's Greenstream

BEIJING, July 9 (Reuters) - Finnish carbon trading firm Greenstream has been granted licences to operate in three of China's pilot emissions schemes, making it the second foreign company to gain entry to what might become the world's largest carbon market.

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Britain's Drax wins 300 mln euro EU grant to trap and store CO2

LONDON, July 8 (Reuters) - British utility Drax has won 300 million euros ($409 million) in EU funding to develop technology to bury carbon emissions from a new coal-fired power plant, the European Commission said on Tuesday.

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Over 420 mln EUAs from 2013-20 NER remain unallocated: Commission

July 4 (Reuters) - More than 424 million free EU carbon permits – subsidies worth around 2.5 billion euros ($3.4 billion) – remain available for new power plants and factories to be built this decade or for existing ones that expand capacity, the European Commission said.

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EU utilities will suffer from low power prices until 2020 - Moody's

FRANKFURT, July 2 (Reuters) - Europe's utilities will continue to suffer from low wholesale power prices eroding their revenues until the end of the decade as rising renewable output and low demand combine, rating agency Moody's said on Wednesday.

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