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CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy: trouble on the telephone

Published By Datamonitor
14 Feb 2001
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy: troubled times as two suppliers collapse

Electricity4Business and BizzEnergy have gone into administration, illustrating the impact that the current economic climate is having on the smaller business to business power suppliers. With unstable wholesale prices and the increased cost of credit making it ever more difficult for these suppliers to operate, there are fears that similar power suppliers could suffer the same fate.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Nov 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy: true competition at last...

The move heralds the realization of full price competition, five years after competition began for domestic gas and three years after it began for domestic electricity. However, for everyone to benefit from the competitive market, the regulator and the energy companies will need to make fuel-poor and pre-payment customers aware of the savings they can make through switching supplier.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Nov 2001
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy: turning greener

Scottish and Southern will spend the money on developing alternative sources of electricity generation such as wind- and hydro-power. The company should benefit from capitalizing on the UK government's continued commitment to green and renewable energy, gaining the chance to sell 'green certificates' to rival suppliers.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Nov 2001
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy: what do we do about overpaying?

Overpayment may be a problem in the B2C energy market, but the market is capable of finding a solution, if one is needed. The only exception is vulnerable customers, who may not be able to wait for the market to work, and who warrant the protection of a regulator.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Jan 2005
Expert View
Expert View

UK energy: why the market isn't working

The UK energy market is suffering from high and volatile gas wholesale prices, and the consumer body Energywatch has accused producers of manipulating the market. However, Datamonitor's Daniel Legg argues that suppliers and their customers may have brought some of these problems upon themselves...

Published By Datamonitor
22 Nov 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK equity release mortgages: subdued performance is no barometer for future

Latest figures published by the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) reveal that new equity release lending advanced in 2005 was down by 13.4% on 2004. However the longer term picture looks rosier: the current regulatory structure should ensure that equity release lenders have the appropriate sales practices in place to sell these complex loans and this, in turn, will restore consumer confidence.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Feb 2006
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

UK equity release: home improvements are the biggest driver

Published By Datamonitor
19 Jun 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK equity release: its publicity is bad publicity

Equity release schemes have been a source of contention for many policyholders. Some schemes left consumers with devastating debts, giving the products a bad name - and the dire press has continued, mainly thanks to the current gap in the regulatory framework. Providers must overcome the image problem and strive to restore consumer confidence.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Sep 2002
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

UK equity: amount held by over-65s will reach GBP578.9 billion

Published By Datamonitor
23 Apr 2002

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