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UK plastic cards: containment through collaboration

APACS' latest figures on credit and debit spending are a testament to convenience and wide acceptance of electronic forms of payment in the UK. However, they also mean that British shoppers are leaving themselves more vulnerable to payment card fraud. Card fraud can never be completely eliminated but with greater collaboration within the industry it can be contained and kept to a minimum.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Aug 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK Post Office: strengthening network piece by piece

Published By Datamonitor
04 Oct 2000
Expert View
Expert View

UK power bills to rise on future grid upgrades

UK electricity bills are set to increase further in order to pay for crucial infrastructure investment in the years ahead. Energy regulator Ofgem has released proposals calling for GBP7.2 billion to be spent on vital improvements in distribution networks. Yet, as this figure fell short of utility's expectations, the ruling has sparked threats of a possible appeal to the Competition Commission.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Dec 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK power generation: King Coal brings creditors back to the table

British Energy's (BE) creditors are looking to cash in their option on the Eggborough plant in Yorkshire. While BE reserves the legal right to usurp any potential bidder, the UK's largest power producer must ultimately decide whether to become a nuclear specialist or maintain its portfolio generator status.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Jun 2006
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Expert View

UK power retailers and the Renewables Obligation

Ofgem has recently published its analysis of the Renewables Obligation year 2003/04. Further analysis highlights three RO compliance strategies adopted by suppliers, and also that the UK market can only meet 60% of its obligation from its own generation. Some suppliers will improve their position for the 2005/06 year, but they will still be highly exposed to Ofgem's buy-out fund.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Mar 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK power trading: government set to back down

The New Electricity Trading Arrangement (NETA), introduced in England and Wales in March 2001, may soon be replaced by a mechanism more conducive to long-term security of power supply and to renewable energy. The British Energy saga has speeded up the reform, which should help make both nuclear power and renewable energy economically sustainable again.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Oct 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK power: bound for blackouts?

Despite recent murmurs of concern, the chances of a UK blackout caused by insufficient generation capacity are slim. However, the potential causes and risks of such an event are worth considering, as there is considerable uncertainty as to what the consequences of such an eventuality would be.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Oct 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK power: CHP plants caught up in the NETA

Published By Datamonitor
27 Sep 2001
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK power: energizing the nuclear option

Comments from the DTI have been seen as indicative of the government's support for the nuclear option. In fact, it's difficult to see that the government has much option - the cost of replacing the UK's nuclear generation capacity would be massive, with intolerable job losses and an over dependence on foreign gas. It's not great news for the taxpayer but should provide hope for private investors.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Dec 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK power: protesters barking up the wrong chimney

Greenpeace protesters recently scaled one of the cooling towers at the Didcot power station in Oxfordshire, UK and painted "Blair's legacy" on the tower to highlight coal power's contribution to climate change. However, by branding coal power stations as "Blair's legacy" to Britain, protesters overlook the commitment the UK has made to carbon reductions relative to other European nations.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Nov 2006

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