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UK electricity: 16.6% of queries need four calls

Published By Datamonitor
13 Mar 2002
Expert View
Expert View

UK electricity: bringing them back home

The depressed UK electricity market is marked at one end by high levels of churn, and by entrenched customer apathy at the other. In such an environment, a more targeted and measured approach can win significant competitive advantages. Datamonitor's Martin Yuill investigates the possibilities of one such tactic - targeting former customers...

Published By Datamonitor
05 Feb 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK electricity: budget boost for CHP

The combined heat and power generation industry has been lobbying for the exemption for some time, as a way of counteracting the impact of NETA restrictions. This latest tax break is one of several measures that will help improve the Labour government's green reputation and increase power generation efficiency.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Apr 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK electricity: energy suppliers need flexible pricing systems to incorporate new charges

Ofgem has proposed that the cost of transmitting electricity should be changed so that it reflects factors such as the geographical location of the generator. This is because the further the electricity has to travel, the more energy is lost in the process. However, to remain profitable, energy suppliers need to have pricing systems that can effectively cope with the changes in methodology.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Sep 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK electricity: low prices endanger Kyoto commitments

Low prices are raising demand, which is undermining the government's attempts to meet the greenhouse gas emissions targets that it agreed under the Kyoto Protocol. Worse still, only half as many firms as expected have signed up to a new countrywide emissions trading initiative. As the government prepares to publish its Energy Review this month, it is under serious pressure.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Feb 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK electricity: not as bad as it looks

The UK power market isn't as troubled as its participants would have us believe: TXU's decision to pull out is a symptom of US rather than UK market conditions, while British Energy's woes are down to the operational gearing of its power stations. The residential supply sector, meanwhile, remains a dependable source of funds.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Oct 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK electricity: regulators battle in Europe's fairest market

Ofgem's review of NETA finds that wholesale prices have fallen by 20% - but consumer's bills have fallen by only 1-2%. Watchdog group Energywatch fears that consumers are "being ripped off." However, there may be good reasons for the lack of transmission; and despite these problems, the UK's regulatory system is one of the fairest in the world.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Jul 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK electricity: taxpayers supporting utility profits

The gap between wholesale and retail electricity prices in the UK is feeding profits for the likes of Centrica; NETA has punished generators without helping the consumer. Following the payout of emergency aid to British Energy, the regulator must act to reduce retail prices and allow taxpayers to claw back some of the money.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Sep 2002
Expert View
Expert View

UK emission allocations - competitive disadvantage comes in many guises

Under the UK's proposed allocations for the second phase of EU emissions trading, Drax power station will receive proportionally less carbon allowances than compatriot coal-fired power producers. While the negative impact on Drax' share price is unpalatable, lenient continental allocations would bring longer-term pain to Europe's largest coal plant.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Sep 2006
Expert View
Expert View

UK emissions performance standard could compromise fragile energy security

The UK energy policy model is increasingly being challenged by the incremental intrusion of ad hoc policy interventions and now has to contend with the potential implementation of an emissions performance standard. The legislation would force all new gas power stations to be fitted with carbon capture and storage technology just as the UK becomes increasingly reliant on gas-fired power generation.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Jun 2009

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