Chron Energy Newslinks | 12.18.09 | More utility shut-offs, U.S. drilling up selectively

• Utility shut-offs up 5 percent in 2009 despite doubling of financial aid.

Natural gas prices surge on record seasonal drop in inventories.

Devon, Anadarko announce oil find in Brazil

• Judge considers newly released e-mails in KBR case.

• Shell plans to grow aggressively in India.

• Oil and gas exploration spending to jump 11 percent in 2010, says survey.

• While others focus on land resources, Chevron makes its biggest push at sea.

• Iran defiant in face of more U.S. gasoline sanctions.

• Southern Co.’s new nuke plant likely to get first loan guarentee.

• Rig count rebound limited to key basins.