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Arad Group

Arad Group picks up controlling stake in Mexican water meter maker Cicasa for $2M

Dalia, Israel-based water measurement solutions and services provider Arad Group picked up a controlling stake in Mexico-based water meter manufacturer Cicasa for $2.04 million to gain access to the Latin American market.

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E.ON SE

Germany's E.ON hires Citi to advise on asset sale

Germany's E.ON hired Citi to advise a sale of its assets in Spain, said sources familiar with the matter who told Reuters.

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Public Tap

Blackstone Energy Partners pairs with veteran management team for Global Water Development Partners

Blackstone's energy-focused private equity business has collaborated with veterans of the water industry to create Global Water Development Partners, a water investment and development platform.

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Star Energy Partners

Star Energy Partners receives investment to expand in Ohio and give more competitive rates

Electricity and energy-related products provider Star Energy Partners has received an undisclosed investment amount from an unnamed investor to allow it to expand its operations.

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Imagine H2O

CORRECTED-Threat of drought and increasing population prompt water tech to slowly come out of the shadows

Water technology investments have not been popular, but the threat of drought and concerns about a fast-growing population has started a slow change in this area, Gigaom reported.

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AutoGrid Systems

California-based AutoGrid Systems closes Series C funding with $12.75M

A group of strategic investors which included European utility company E.ON., Foundation Capital and Voyager Capital, led the Series C funding round for AutoGrid Systems which raised $12.75 million.

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Top 5 VC Funded Smart Grid Companies in 2013

VC Funding in Smart Grid Reaches $405 Million in 2013, Reports Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital Group, llc released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the smart grid sector for 2013.

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Aquatera Utilities Inc

Canadian utility firm Aquatera acquires Watchorn

Grande Prairie-based municipal utility firm Aquatera Utilities Inc acquired Fairview-based industrial water and wastewater services provider Watchorn Rentals Ltd for an undisclosed amount as part of its strategic growth plan.

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Vattenfall

Sweden's Vattenfall Europe AG to divest 74.9% stake in power grid back to Hamburg- report

Vattenfall Europe AG will be selling back to Hamburg the 74.9% stake it holds in the city's power grid operator after the citizens agreed on a repurchase, a Bloomberg report said.

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Black Hills Corp

Black Hills Corp to acquire Wyoming gas utility assets in $6M deal

South Dakota, US-based energy firm Black Hills Corp inked a deal to acquire gas utility MGTC's gas transmission and distribution utility assets in northeastern Wyoming in a deal valued at $6 million.

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Macquarie Generation (MacGen)

Australia's NSW government down to three bidders for Macquarie Generation

Chinese conglomerate Shenhua has dropped out from the bid for New South Wales (NSW) power generator Macquarie Generation (MacGen), leaving only three bidders, according to a report.

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New Asia Investments

Singapore's New Asia Investments backs Vietnam water treatment facility

Singapore-based fund New Asia Investments invested an undisclosed amount to complete a new waste water treatment facility in Vietnam through its portfolio holding, GD Wasser.

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Temelin Nuclear Power Plant

Czech conglomerate CEZ Group may sign $10B Temelin nuclear plant expansion deal in 2015

CEZ Group, a utility conglomerate based in Prague, could ink a $10 billion deal to expand the Temelin nuclear power plant some time in the second quarter of 2015. CEZ is in talks with US' Westinghouse and a consortium that includes Russia's Atomstroyexport, according to a Reuters report.

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Belo Monte Dam

Brazil's Vale forms joint venture with power company Cemig, reduces stake in controversial Amazon dam

Vale, the world's leading producer of iron ore, agreed to enter into a joint venture with power company Cemig to run six hydroelectric power plants. Vale also halved its 9% stake in Norte Energia, which builds a hydroelectric dam in Amazon, Brazil

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Costain Group Plc

Costain Group Plc exits holding in three joint ventures to UK water firm Severn Trent

UK engineering solutions provider Costain Group Plc exited its minority stake in three joint ventures to publicly traded water utility Severn Trent Plc to raise investment funds and working capital.

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