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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.

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28 Nov 2017

Brazil struggles to help state dependent on Venezuela for power

SAO PAULO The Brazilian government is looking at all options, including large batteries, to help northern Roraima state with power supplies after a series of blackouts in recent months largely related to its dependency on cash-strapped neighbor Venezuela.

22 Nov 2017

Petrobras eyes up to $6.8 billion valuation in distribution unit IPO

SAO PAULO Brazilian state-controlled company Petróleo Brasileiro SA will seek a valuation of up to 22 billion reais ($6.8 billion) for its fuel distribution unit in what is expected to be the country's biggest initial public offering of the year.

23 Oct 2017

China's Shanghai Electric near deal for Brazil transmission project

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA A unit of China's Shanghai Electric Group Co Ltd is near closing a deal to take over a power transmission project in southern Brazil owned by a subsidiary of Eletrobras, an official at electricity regulator Aneel told Reuters.

20 Oct 2017

Brazil's Cemig fires business development director, sources say

SAO PAULO, Oct 20 Brazilian state-run electricity company Companhia Energética de Minas Gerais SA has dismissed its business development director, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

11 Oct 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.

11 Oct 2017

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

SAO PAULO, Oct 11 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.

09 Oct 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.

05 Oct 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 (755.29 million pounds) in a licensing auction last week, Engie's local unit head told Reuters on Wednesday.

02 Oct 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.

30 Sep 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.

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