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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

Jul 02 2018

Brazilian govt keeps distribution companies auction despite Supreme Court ruling

SAO PAULO, July 2 The auction of six power distribution companies by state-controlled holding Centrais Elétricas Brasileiras will take place on July 26 as scheduled, a senior government official told Reuters on Monday.

Jun 29 2018

India's Sterlite, China's State Grid win Brazil power licenses

SAO PAULO India's Sterlite, China's State Grid, and Colombia's Isa clinched licenses to build power transmission lines in Brazil in a government auction on Thursday that is expected to draw a total of 6 billion reais ($1.55 billion) in investment.

Jun 12 2018

Brazil power grid braces for demand swings during World Cup games

SAO PAULO, June 12 The Brazilian government has prepared the country's power grid to deal with the wild swings in demand for electricity as most people in the soccer-mad country tune out everything except their televisions to watch the national team play in the Fifa 2018 World Cup.

Jun 04 2018

Italy's Enel buys Brazil's Eletropaulo for $1.48 billion

SAO PAULO Italy's Enel SpA acquired 73 percent of the shares of Brazilian power company Eletropaulo on Monday, paying about 5.55 billion reais ($1.48 billion) to become Brazil's largest electricity distributor.

May 24 2018

Brazil only gets bid from Shell for its pre-salt oil

SAO PAULO An auction of oil by the Brazilian government from coveted offshore pre-salt fields has only attracted the interest of one bidder, Royal Dutch Shell Plc , a person familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

May 15 2018

China's power investment group seeks new Brazil targets after $2 billion deal

SAO PAULO China's State Power Investment Corp is looking for new Brazilian acquisition targets, even after spending 7.2 billion reais ($2 billion) for a license to operate a hydroelectric plant in the country last September, a senior executive told Reuters.

Apr 17 2018

Casagrande set to take over as CEO of Sao Paulo's Cesp -source

SAO PAULO, April 17 Laurence Casagrande, chief executive of Sao Paulo state highway company Desenvolvimento Rodoviario SA, is set to become the new CEO of state electricity firm Cia Energetica de Sao Paulo, a source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

Apr 06 2018

Eletrobras shares plunge on shakeup at Brazil energy ministry

SAO PAULO/RIO DE JANEIRO Shares of Brazil's biggest utility, Centrais Elétricas Brasileiras SA , fell more than 8 percent in Sao Paulo on Friday after news of a shakeup at the Mines and Energy Ministry that could threaten a government plan to privatize the company.

Mar 22 2018

Brazil's Eletropaulo to raise $500 mln for investment, pay debt

SAO PAULO, March 22 Brazil's Eletropaulo , the country's largest power distribution company, plans to raise $500 million for investments and debt repayment, according to documents seen by Reuters on Thursday.

Mar 21 2018

Tens of millions in northern Brazil hit by massive power outage

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA A power outage struck large swaths of Brazil on Wednesday, affecting tens of millions of people, especially in the country's northern and northeastern regions where the system remains "practically collapsed," according to an official.

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