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Kenyan energy bonanza fans violence in arid northern region

Oil exploration in the north by companies including Tullow Oil Plc and renewable energy developments have fueled the violence between clans in Kenya.  More »

Solar mergers likely to accelerate, industry exec says

Trina Solar Ltd. Chairman Jifan Gao said he expects three to five “leading” solar companies to remain in China by 2017, with 80 percent of the country’s market share.  More »

Shell said to seek buyers for stake in Ho-Ho Pipeline

Shell is working with Barclays to solicit offers for a stake of as much as $1 billion.  More »

Iran to woo oil companies with ‘sexy’ contracts, Total CEO says

Iran plans to offer oil companies improved terms to develop oil and natural gas fields once a trade embargo against the country is lifted, Total SA (FP) Chief Executive Officer Christophe de Margerie said.  More »

Germany tax on own use of renewables is first in Europe

Germany is set to become the first nation inEurope to charge owners of renewable energy plants for their own use of electricity, part of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s effort to contain rising power bills.  More »

Pemex sees production ventures as early as year end

Petroleos Mexicanos, Mexico’s state- owned oil company, expects to sign its first exploration and production agreements with international companies as early as year-end after Mexico ended its 75-year monopoly.  More »

European green energy fears losing investments on ‘weak’ targets

Wind and solar power producers said they’re at risk of losing investment after the European Union’s executive arm scrapped proposals for a mandatory target on renewable energy in 2030.  More »

China installed a record 12 gigawatts of solar in 2013

China installed a record 12 gigawatts of solar panels in 2013, almost matching the total amount of solar power in operation in the U.S., and may exceed that in 2014, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.  More »

Noble leads offshore drillers lower amid rig slowdown

Noble Corp. led a decline among offshore deep-water drilling contractors after saying the industry may be experiencing a “pause in the cycle” after years of growth fueled by oil and natural gas discoveries.  More »

Indian billionaires ambushed as Greenpeace protests coal project

Greenpeace activists dressed in tiger suits climbed atop the Mumbai headquarters of Essar Group and unfurled a banner protesting a coal-mining project proposed by billionaire brothers Shashikant and Ravikant Ruia.  More »

Koch ends plans for pipeline to Illinois from Bakken

Koch Pipeline Co. called off plans to build a 250,000-barrel-a-day crude line to Illinois from North Dakota’s Bakken formation, where a shale boom has helped lift domestic production to the highest in a quarter-century.  More »

Germany can’t bear hefty green energy costs, minister says

Germany must focus on the cheapest clean-energy sources as well as efficient fossil-fuel-fired plants to stop spiraling power prices, Economy and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said.  More »