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UK energy: nuclear clean-up bill acceptable cost to bear

The UK's Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has raised its estimate for the total cost of cleaning up the existing civilian nuclear power plant sites in the UK to GBP70 billion. While the total figure is substantial, for the total lifetime output of these plants and the ancillary benefits that they bring, the cost is still tolerable.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Apr 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy: nuclear just doesn't pay

Published By Datamonitor
04 Sep 2001
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy: nuclear option key to supply diversity

With increasing demand for energy, restricted supply, and Kyoto targets on reducing greenhouse gas emissions to meet, the case for building new nuclear plants, once dismissed as a last resort, is rapidly regaining force. The importance of the nuclear role as part of a diverse generation portfolio must not be underestimated.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Sep 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy: October contracting rounds face an autumnal future

Last year, in a self-perpetuating cycle, buyers tried to delay committing to new contracts in the face of higher prices that rose even further the closer to their contract expiry dates that they left it. This year, energy buyers burnt by the last frantic October contract round are renewing earlier or moving to contracts with more flexible elements to prevent the same damage being done this year.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Sep 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy: Ofgem probe offers more questions than answers

The decision by Ofgem officially to close the final aspect of its investigation into the then-unprecedented wholesale gas spikes of 2003-4 with no further action is as disappointing as it is unsurprising. The decision to end the investigation with no further action still leaves some important questions unanswered.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jul 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy: old customers are profitable customers

According to new Datamonitor research, in 2004, UK energy suppliers that retained the highest proportion of the customers that they had prior to market liberalization achieved the greatest profitability. Furthermore, Tier 1 customers were found to be the most profitable for suppliers.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Aug 2005
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CommentWire

UK energy: power from renewables falls, along with emissions target hopes

The Committee on Climate Change has warned that unless "urgent action" is taken the UK will miss its emissions target after the recession created the illusion of a significant decrease in carbon production. Furthermore, the proportion of Britain's electricity supplied from renewable sources fell 7.5% in the first quarter of 2010, placing the nation's green energy revolution in peril.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Jul 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy: power to the people

A key action for the re-elected Labour government is to develop a clear policy towards nuclear and renewables build, although other aspects of energy policy also need to be fully addressed during Labour's third term.

Published By Datamonitor
09 May 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy: proliferating nuclear power

A European Commission report and a leaked DTI document seem to indicate the UK government's tactics for meeting energy needs. The DTI suggests plans to win public opinion and build a new breed of nuclear reactor to fill the energy gap while meeting emissions reduction targets. Although it will face opposition, it may justify this through comparison of similar scenarios in Finland and California.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Jul 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy: regional pricing strategies remain unchallenged

UK electricity and gas suppliers have traditionally charged more for their services in their incumbent regions than they have in their competitors' second tier areas. This differentiated pricing strategy looks set to continue as, at present, the percentage of incumbent customers that remain loyal despite the higher prices is such that utilities are able to increase their tariffs even further.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Jul 2007

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