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Blackout prompts EU push on cross-border reforms
20 December, 2006
A significant increase in the legal powers of the European Commission to manage cross-border electricity supplies in the European Union (EU) could be one of the consequences of November’s power blackout in northern Europe.

Areva to modernise Moscow grid
15 December, 2006
A contract worth several tens of millions of euros has been awarded to Areva Transmission and Distribution for the modernisation of Moscow’s electricity distribution network.

Sevmash floating nuclear plant contracts
15 December, 2006
A contract for eight steam generators for the world’s first floating nuclear power station, under development by Russia’s Sevmash, have been awarded to Baltic Plant and Pilot Designing Engineering Bureau.

FGD contract for MHI
15 December, 2006
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Duro Felguera, a Spanish heavy machinery manufacturer, have jointly received orders for large-scale flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) systems from Iberdrola and Endesa.

Trent power for US and Belgium
15 December, 2006
Rolls-Royce has announced its first orders from electric utilities in the United States and Belgium for its Trent 60 gas turbine.

Vestas US order for 125 MW
15 December, 2006
Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has received a US order for 76 units of its V82-1.65 MW unit from Portland General Electric for the Biglow Canyon Phase I project in the state of Oregon.

AECL signs Argentina CANDU deal
15 December, 2006
Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd (AECL) has signed an agreement with Nucleoeléctrica Argentina to refurbish Argentina’s first CANDU power station and conduct a feasibility study for another 700 MWe CANDU 6 power station.

DoE announces $1 billion in clean coal tax breaks
15 December, 2006
US energy secretary Samuel W. Bodman and Henry Paulson, secretary of the treasury have announced $1 billion in tax credits to promote clean coal generation and gasification technologies

New Zealand unveils draft energy strategy
15 December, 2006
An energy strategy covering New Zealand policy to 2050 and focusing on renewable and low-carbon generation has been revealed in draft form by the government.

Solar cell break through with 40% efficiency
14 December, 2006
A concentrator solar cell produced by Boeing subsidiary Spectrolab has achieved a record breaking energy conversion efficiency of 40.7%.

SCE moves on more renewable power
14 December, 2006
Southern California Edison (SCE) has signed seven new long-term contracts with independent renewable energy power generators for up to 324 MW of renewable power as part of a programme to supply a fifth of its demand from renewable sources under the state Renewables Portfolio Standards legislation.

RWE plans power investments
14 December, 2006
RWE has announced plans to build a 1,600 MW coal-fired twin unit at an existing site in Ensdorf, Saarland.

Regulators call for more competition in Europe
13 December, 2006
A lack of power market unbundling is a persistent barrier to competition, a new report assessing the development of the EU Energy Markets in 2006 has concluded.

Finland’s reactor slows further
13 December, 2006
Latest estimates for the completion of the Olkiluoto 3 reactor in Finland have pushed the development back until the turn of 2010-2011, owner operators Teollisuuden Voima Oy (TVO) report.

Offshore wind progress for Europe
13 December, 2006
E.On UK expects to commence construction of the Robin Rigg wind farm off the coast of Scotland next year, the company has said.

China plans more Yangtze hydro
13 December, 2006
The Yalong River, a major tributary on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, is to see construction commence on a new hydrogenation station this month, local media reports.

Libyan project commissioned by BHEL
13 December, 2006
India’s Baharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) has commissioned the 600 MW Western Mountain power project in Libya.

First new coal in decades planned for UK
12 December, 2006
E.On UK has submitted a planning application for the UK’s first new coal-fired units for over 20 years following a recent scoping study for the development at its Kingsnorth power station in Kent.

Finland-Estonia power link completed
12 December, 2006
ABB has completed the first Nordic-Baltic transmission grid interconnection, improving the reliability and efficiency of electricity supplies in Europe.

Biomass first for China
12 December, 2006
China's first biomass-fired power plant, with an installed capacity of 25MW has begun commercial operations in east China's Shandong Province, state media reports.

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