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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

Oct 11 2017

Brazil to ramp up oil production before 'renewable era' hits: official

SAO PAULO Brazil plans to boost oil exploration and production to seize on its reserves before the world enters the "renewable era" and other technologies hurt demand for the fossil fuel, Deputy Energy Minister Paulo Pedrosa told Reuters on Wednesday.

Oct 09 2017

Exclusive: Votorantim in talks to form Brazil clean energy venture, sources say

SAO PAULO Votorantim SA's energy unit is in talks with global pension and sovereign wealth funds to create an integrated wind, solar and small-scale hydropower electricity joint venture in Brazil, two people with direct knowledge of the plans said.

Oct 04 2017

France's Engie to look closely at Brazil Eletrobras assets

SAO PAULO French energy conglomerate Engie SA has appetite for more Brazil acquisitions, and will evaluate assets being sold by Eletrobras, despite spending more than $1 billion in a licensing auction last week, Engie's local unit head told Reuters on Wednesday.

Oct 02 2017

Italy's Enel eyes purchase of more Brazil assets after dam deal

SAO PAULO Italy's Enel SpA is looking for opportunities to expand in Brazil's power sector through acquisitions after winning a license last week to operate a large hydropower dam, the head of local operations told Reuters.

Sep 29 2017

Exclusive: Brazil's Minas state to oust Cemig CEO Alvarenga - sources

SAO PAULO The No. 1 shareholder in Cia Energética de Minas Gerais SA has decided to oust Chief Executive Bernardo Alvarenga and three senior executives after the debt-laden Brazilian power utility lost dam contracts and took too long to shed assets, two people directly involved in the matter said on Friday.

Sep 29 2017

Exclusive - Brazil's Minas state to oust Cemig CEO Alvarenga, sources say

SAO PAULO The No. 1 shareholder in Cia Energética de Minas Gerais SA has decided to oust Chief Executive Bernardo Alvarenga and three senior executives after the debt-laden Brazilian power utility lost dam contracts and took too long to shed assets, two people directly involved in the matter said on Friday.

Sep 29 2017

Exclusive: Brazil's Minas state to oust Cemig CEO Alvarenga, sources say

SAO PAULO The No. 1 shareholder in Cia Energética de Minas Gerais SA has decided to oust Chief Executive Bernardo Alvarenga and three senior executives after the debt-laden power utility lost control of four dams and took too long to shed assets, two people directly involved in the matter said on Friday.

Sep 27 2017

Brazil sells dam operating licenses for $3.8 billion to foreign bidders

SAO PAULO Brazil’s government on Wednesday sold licenses to operate four hydroelectric dams for a total of 12.12 billion reais ($3.80 billion) in an auction won by Chinese and European bidders.

Sep 15 2017

Eletrobras may sell distribution units at a loss, source says

SAO PAULO Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras SA, the state-owned power holding company that could be privatized as early as next year, will have to take losses to dispose of six power distribution units, a government source with direct knowledge of the process told Reuters.

Sep 14 2017

CPFL seeking to expand in Brazil's power transmission sector

SAO PAULO, Sept 14 CPFL Energia SA, Brazil's largest private electricity company, wants to grow its power transmission business, including by bidding in coming rounds for new licenses to build and operate lines, a company executive told Reuters.

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