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  1. July 3, 2014

    Enel: restructuring needed

    European utility companies have little power these days. Look at Italian 2015 forward electricity prices: down to €52 per...

  2. June 9, 2014

    Enel redirects capital spending from Europe to emerging economies

    The new chief executive of Enel, the Italian electricity group, plans to divert capital spending to emerging economies as a...

  1. May 7, 2014

    Europe’s nuclear sector looks worldwide to keep skills sharp

    In a few weeks two 500-tonne steam generators will be hoisted into the reactor hall at Europe’s first next-generation...

  2. April 15, 2014

    Massacre of the Italian old guard

    Matteo Renzi came to power in Italy pledging an ambitious programme of economic reform to boost the country’s...

  3. April 14, 2014

    Matteo Renzi forces sweeping change at state companies

    Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi has forced a sweeping change of guard at Italy’s state-controlled companies including...

  4. April 10, 2014

    Shake-up at state-owned companies to test Renzi credentials

    Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi faces the first major test of whether he can extend his reform agenda into the country’s...

  5. February 14, 2014

    Europe’s utilities look to emerging markets to ease local pains

    Many of Europe’s utilities are scrambling to expand out of their home markets and into new, fast-growing and more profitable...

  6. February 14, 2014

    Crisis-hit European utilities square up to technological revolution

    Time to recharge Faced with a grim present and an even grimmer future, Europe’s utilities are being forced to reinvent...

  7. February 4, 2014

    Enel cuts net debt by €3bn in 2013

    Italian utility Enel, one of Europe’s most indebted, said on Tuesday that it had cut net debt by €3bn at the end of 2013 to...

  8. November 20, 2013

    Russian energy assets: great game

    Russia has so much oil and gas that there ought to be more than enough for everyone. Yet the competition for assets is...

  9. November 20, 2013

    Russian groups buy Eni’s stake in Severenergia

    Gazprom Neft, the oil arm of Russia’s state gas group, and the country’s largest private gas producer Novatek, have agreed...

  10. FT Alphaville

    November 20, 2013

    Postman Pop

    Since the Business Select Committee was, at pixel time, picking over whether Royal Mail was sold too cheaply… Here’s a...

  11. November 7, 2013

    Enel aims to better 2013 net debt target

    Falling electricity demand in Italy and Spain continue to take a toll on Enel, Europe’s most indebted utility, which...

  12. beyondbrics

    September 24, 2013

    Rosneft in $1.8bn Arctic gas deal

    Never mind the breathtaking debts Rosneft ran up buying TNK-BP this year, Russia’s state oil company is still out on an...

  13. September 9, 2013

    European utilities warn EU over energy risks

    Nine of Europe’s biggest utilities have joined forces to warn that the EU’s energy policies are putting the continent’s...

  14. August 5, 2013

    Europe’s utility groups forced to find new business models

    The small village of Dorfen in Bavaria in Germany is no stranger to renewable energy. For decades the community sourced its...

  15. July 12, 2013

    EDF fuels strong week for European shares

    Electricity producer EDF charged to the top of the FTSE Eurofirst 300 leaderboard this week, powered by household energy...

  16. June 9, 2013

    Enel in €3bn hybrid bond launch

    Enel is hoping to launch this week a hybrid bond worth as much as €3bn as the Italian utility joins a growing trend for the...

  17. May 21, 2013

    High energy prices for industry occupy officials at EU summit

    The portion of Wednesday’s EU summit that will be devoted to energy policy could be boiled down to a single, eye-popping...

  18. May 7, 2013

    Enel’s Q1 profits down on falling power demand

    Enel, Italy’s largest utility and its most indebted, said its core profits fell 4.2 per cent in the first quarter as...

  19. April 22, 2013

    Petroceltic to sell down Ain Tsila stake

    Petroceltic International has declared itself well placed to raise further funds for a multi-pronged exploration and...

  20. April 17, 2013

    Enel Green Power bullish on expansion

    Enel Green Power, the listed renewables unit of Italian utility Enel, confirmed its €6.1bn investment in the years to 2017...

  21. April 16, 2013

    Danone milks rise in Asian demand

    News that Danone profited from strong demand in Asia provided a bright spot in Europe on Tuesday, sending its shares...

  22. April 8, 2013

    Repsol in large gas discovery in Algeria

    Spanish oil company Repsol has made a big natural gas discovery in Algeria, close to the site of January’s bloody...

  23. March 26, 2013

    Snam v Enel: utility value

    Carlo Malacarne is not hanging about as he gives Snam its head after its release from the indifferent grip of Eni. The chief...

  24. March 14, 2013

    Commerzbank hit by capital increase

    Commerzbank surprised the market with its plan for a €2.5bn capital increase, sending its shares down sharply. The news came...

  25. March 4, 2013

    BSG eyes distressed European property

    Beny Steinmetz, the diamond mining entrepreneur and one of Israel’s richest men, is launching a $2bn venture to buy...

  26. February 27, 2013

    Earnings help recovery after Italy poll

    Corporate earnings were behind some of the biggest moves as markets regained some of the steep losses after Italy’s...

  27. February 14, 2013

    Bersani hints at Italian privatisations

    The leader of Italy’s centre-left and frontrunner to be the country’s next prime minister has opened the door to the...

  28. February 5, 2013

    Enel meets targets despite tough year

    Enel, Italy’s largest utility and Europe’s most indebted, said it expected the “particularly unfavourable macroeconomic and...

  29. January 18, 2013

    Algeria’s oil and gas: hostile environment

    Even before this week’s terrorist outrage at the In Aménas gasfield, Algeria was a fading star of the oil and gas industry....

  30. November 11, 2012

    Latin America a gold mine for Europeans

    It is a culmination of the so-called “reconquest”, which in the 1990s saw European companies invest heavily in Latin...

  31. beyondbrics

    November 8, 2012

    Gloomy in Buenos Aires

    This was downtown Buenos Aires in the rush hour on Wednesday night. Ouch. A gigantic power cut crippled the centre of the...

  32. November 7, 2012

    US corporate bonds – yield of dreams

    Are Microsoft’s bonds a safer investment than Uncle Sam’s? How about ExxonMobil’s? With Barack Obama’s re-election leaving...

  33. October 5, 2012

    Thinking outside the bond box

    What will happen when the great sovereign bond bubble comes to an end? This is just the sort of question that keeps...

  34. September 21, 2012

    Dividend canaries that warn of a cut

    Everyone loves dividends. The price of shares may wax and wane but that dependable cheque that drops on to the doormat twice...

  35. September 12, 2012

    Corporate bonds – the big issue

    Bankers who specialise in equity markets might be twiddling their thumbs, but their colleagues in debt markets have rarely...

  36. September 4, 2012

    Global groups dash to debt markets

    Some of the world’s largest companies rushed to borrow money in debt markets on Tuesday, taking advantage of strong investor...

  37. August 29, 2012

    Workers protest to save Italian coal mine

    A protest by Sardinian workers against the possible closure of Italy’s last coal mine intensified on Wednesday when their...

  38. beyondbrics

    August 27, 2012

    Some good news for Argentina's electricity companies

    Argentina is perhaps the only country in which an announcement that the government would set prices and profit margins for...

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