Utilities

Miner Cliffs plans share buyback, may modify debt agreements

Miner Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (CLF.N) said on Monday it will try to remove restrictions on its debt agreements so it can buy back up to $200 million worth of shares.

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Chevron seeks up to $1.5 billion for Canadian oil project - sources

Chevron Corp (CVX.N) has been searching for up to $1.5 billion of equity investment to help develop its Duvernay shale formation assets in Canada and contacted potential investors including private equity firms, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Behind Indonesia mining deal, newly minted minister and U.S. mining legend

As negotiations to resolve an increasingly bitter dispute over Indonesian mining rules teetered on the brink of collapse, the chairman of Freeport-McMoRan Inc James "Jim Bob" Moffett flew to Jakarta for last-ditch talks.

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Germany gives nod to RWE unit sale to Russian investor: sources

Germany's economy ministry will approve the sale of utility RWE's (RWEG.DE) oil and gas unit DEA to a Russian investor despite tensions between Russia and the West over the Ukraine crisis, two people familiar with the matter said.

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Transatomic Power Corporation banks $2 million from part of Founder's Fund

Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Transatomic Power Corporation has just received $2 million from FF Science, part of Founders Fund's $1 billion investment pool targeted at science and engineering-based companies.

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GE to invest $2 billion to boost African energy, infrastructure

General Electric Co (GE.N) on Monday pledged to invest $2 billion in Africa by 2018 to boost infrastructure, worker skills and access to energy, an announcement timed to coincide with a U.S. summit meeting of nearly 50 African leaders.

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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