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Hitachi looks to deepen ties with Mitsubishi


Fresh from their failure to acquire Alstom Power, Hitachi’s chief executive says his company is looking to deepen its links with fellow Japanese firm, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

Centrica chief prescribes a halt to offshore wind power for UK


The chief executive of Centrica says the UK government ought to desist from building offshore wind farms and save £96bn in the process.

EU approves UK capacity market and renewable energy support scheme


The European Commission has approved the UK’s proposal for a national energy capacity market as well as its Contracts for Difference renewable energy support scheme.

Power executive pleads guilty to bribery


William Pomponi, a former vice president of Alstom US has pleaded guilty to a role in a scheme to bribe government officials in Indonesia.

GE Forum explains benefits of FlexEfficiency to gas power interests


Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United, was the venue last week for General Electric Power and Water’s FlexEfficiency Forum, aimed at getting the most out of gas turbine technology.

UK gets fourth energy minister in as many years


The UK has two new energy ministers following Prime Minister David Cameron’s most extensive Cabinet reshuffle yesterday.

MHI vows to boost female bosses


Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has unveiled plans to boost the number of its female managers threefold between now and 2020.

Alstom signs first Polish wind contract


Alstom has signed a contract to supply 30 wind turbines for a Polish wind farm. 

Offshore wind cost could reduce by 10 per cent if industry collaborates says report


An integrated approach to wind turbine structure could reduce the cost of offshore wind by at least 10 per cent, a new report from DNV GL has found. 

Siemens appoints new UK chief executive


Siemens has appointed Jürgen Maier as chief executive of its business in the UK. 

Explosion at Kosovo coal-fired power plant kills three


Three people were killed and 14 injured following an explosion caused by a faulty hydrogen tank at Kosovo’s second largest power plant.

Europe must transform power system say PGE speakers


There is no going back from the energy transition in Europe and it will fundamentally change the way we think about the role of electricity providers.

GE chief says new high efficiency kit ideal future fit for Europe


John Lammas, GE Vice President Thermal Engineering says that high-efficiency 9HA gas turbine technology should prove to be an appropriate solution for Europe, once market design takes into account the need for more secure, flexible gas-fired power to combat the volatility of renewables.

POWER-GEN Europe and Renewable Energy World Europe announce third keynote speaker for 2014 conference in Cologne


POWER-GEN Europe and its co-located event Renewable Energy World Europe, the leading conference and exhibition for the international power and renewable industries, has confirmed Dr Martin Giesen, Executive Chairman of the Board of Advanced Power AG as the third speaker for the highly anticipated keynote address.

Energy companies face growing potential for legal disputes, says law firm


The potential for energy companies to become embroiled in complex international litigation is growing, says law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner. PEi spoke with Richard Power, the firm’s head of oil & gas disputes. 

Technology Update


UK-based switchgear manufacturer Lucy Switchgear has announced the launch of its next-generation Aegis Ring Main Unit range.

Call the data doctor


System reliability is vital in the power industry and effective asset maintenance and management is as much an information challenge as it is an operational one.

A bird's-eye view of asset inspection


Employing remote inspection technology can add a further dimension to asset management for power companies.

Hollande reaction to GE bid for Alstom is “a disgrace”


The French government’s reaction to GE’s proposed takeover of Alstom has been “a disgrace” according the chief economist of French insurance giant Axa.

Shanghai Electric buys 40% of Ansaldo for $551m


Chinese power company Shanghai Electric is to buy 40 per cent of Italian energy firm Ansaldo Energia for €400m ($551m).