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UK fuel: Britain to build first bioethanol plant

The construction of Britain's first bioethanol plant represents the first step towards the establishment of a worthwhile domestic fuel industry. However the output generated by the plant will only be a proverbial drop in the ocean of total UK petrol consumption, and a mere fraction of the capacity needed to meet understated government targets.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jan 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK fuel: record prices are a mirage

Fuel prices have risen sharply in the last 12 months, reaching the record levels last seen during the fuel protests of mid to late 2000. Though certain interested parties - notably the road haulage sector - are again bemoaning the price spike, the crisis is somewhat illusory once the effects of inflation and earnings growth are considered.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Apr 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK fund supermarkets: consolidation imminent

The popularity of investing has led new players to set up fund supermarkets, but the UK market will prove unable to sustain all current players. There will be significant changes, including a period of consolidation and a change of focus for some fund supermarkets as the B2B channel becomes the top revenue source.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Dec 2001
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

UK gaming: PC software's importance will decline to 2005

Published By Datamonitor
31 Jul 2002
Expert View
Expert View

UK garden center market: recession providing fertile ground for growth

Dobbies' recent announcement that total sales in the 2008 financial year grew by 12% is a reflection of the fact that garden centers are benefiting from consumers becoming increasingly prudent with their spending. The results and the trend that they reflect point to a favorable outlook in both the short and long term for garden centers if they can differentiate themselves as specialists.

Published By Datamonitor
14 May 2009
Expert View
Expert View

UK gas consumers yet to suffer fully as suppliers feel the heat

Every time you check your electricity or gas bill these days it seems like it has gone through the roof. With increases in tariffs of up to 22% for British Gas customers in March 2006, following hard on the heels of increases at the start of the winter, consumers could be forgiven for thinking that energy suppliers are cashing in on these high prices.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Feb 2006
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Expert View

UK Gas Generation Strategy fails to reassure investors

In December 2012 the UK government published its Gas Generation Strategy to provide reassurance to investors in new gas generation, of which 26GW could be required by 2030 and 9GW by 2020 to replace aging gas and nuclear capacity.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Feb 2013
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Expert View

UK Gas Generation Strategy fails to reassure investors, part two

On February 13, 2013 the UK House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee heard witnesses discuss whether the government's Gas Generation Strategy has provided any certainty to investors. Datamonitor has already cited the lack of clarity perceived by industry and wider stakeholders, and now provides further comment on the issues addressed in the session, including CCS, CHP, and biogas.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Mar 2013
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Expert View

UK gas grid tested by weather extremes

The first few weeks of 2010 saw the UK gas grid come under intense pressure, as unusually cold temperatures drove demand well above seasonal norms. The situation was worsened by outages in North Sea supply and constraints in the gas grid, which culminated in spiking wholesale prices and the interruption of supply to nearly 100 industrial users.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jan 2010
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Expert View

UK gas prices: Select Committee report leaves many questions unanswered

The TISC report into the wholesale gas price spikes seen in late 2004 is to be commended for partly addressing the reasons for the price spikes and highlighting the imperfections in the UK market. However, imperfect markets create scope for manipulation and as such Datamonitor believes that if excessive and unjustified spikes are repeated, a full Competition Commission enquiry is called for.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Mar 2005

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