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UK government's draft Energy Bill runs into criticism from parliamentary committee

The UK parliament's Energy and Climate Change Committee recently published its views on the government's controversial draft Energy Bill. The committee's conclusions and criticisms centered on the proposed Electricity Market Reform and specifically on the role of Contracts for Differences.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Jul 2012
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UK government's proposed Electricity Market Reform may put independent generators at a disadvantage

The UK parliament's Energy and Climate Change Committee has been scrutinizing the government's proposed Energy Bill. One of its conclusions is that independent generators may have difficulty in accessing the market and establishing viable long-term power contracts.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Aug 2012
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UK government: making financial services digestible

As part of its recent white paper on banking reforms, the British government has suggested ways in which the financial services industry can re-engage with consumers, including the introduction of a color-coded system more commonly found on food labels. While the suggestion has drawn some criticism, the proposed system should at least lead to greater innovation and competition within the industry.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jul 2009
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UK government: setting an example in energy efficiency

Chris Huhne has struggled since becoming Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, but in the last month his department has delivered two important pieces of work. The first is DECC's 2050 forecast, a good piece of analysis that adds transparency and simplicity to the national energy debate; the second, although far smaller in scale, represents admirable leadership.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Aug 2010
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UK government: town center planning reforms

As part of a wider review of planning, the UK government has reasserted its commitment to town center regeneration. The review should come as welcome news for those concerned.

Published By Datamonitor
30 May 2007
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UK Green Deal is a step in the right direction, but may not live up to its potential

Although energy efficiency measures will play a vital role in helping the UK to achieve its ambitious carbon reduction goals, they tend to require high upfront costs and long payback times, especially for buildings. The coalition government hopes that the Green Deal will tackle these issues by improving domestic energy efficiency. However, the proposed scheme must first overcome consumer inertia.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Dec 2010
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UK Green Deal: energy providers expected to benefit

Energy efficiency measures in homes and businesses could play a vital role in helping the UK to achieve its carbon reduction targets of 34% below the 1990 baseline by 2020; however, they have not yet been implemented on a significant scale. The Green Deal, part of the new Energy Bill 2011, aims to change that; it also looks set to allow energy companies access to new market segments.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Dec 2010
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UK Green Gas Certification Scheme: first milestone towards renewable gas supply

The Green Gas Certification Scheme identifies whether gas has been produced from renewable sources, allowing customers to opt for a green gas supply and reduce their carbon footprint. While green gas production is currently limited, the scheme will drive greater market diversification and development, marking a significant progression for the industry.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Mar 2011
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UK grocery market: more competitive than ever

While the Competition Commission prepares to release preliminary findings from its grocery market investigation, Verdict Consulting research shows that the supermarket sector is one of the most competitive segments of UK retailing. Indeed, the outlook for the next five years sees a strengthening of competitive dynamics as retailers increasingly battle to secure their share of consumer spend.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Oct 2007
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UK grocery retailing: new government proposals may have limited impact

After a two year inquiry into food retailing - the fifth in seven years - the UK's Competition Commission has unveiled proposals to improve the workings of the grocery market, including the introduction of a new ombudsman. However, rather than restricting grocers, the recommendations will only have a minor impact in a market that already serves the interests of consumers highly effectively.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Feb 2008

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