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UK generation: a light at the end of the tunnel for CHP

The UK's New Electricity Trading Arrangement has made CHP unprofitable, driving many generators to leave the market. Yet increasing the use of CHP would help the UK hit its carbon dioxide reduction targets. While the government may put new incentives in place to boost CHP uptake, getting rid of the disincentives it has created could also be wise.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Dec 2001
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UK generation: banks power ahead

Some of the UK's largest, and most heavily indebted, power plants are being ceded by their owners to creditor banks, which have asked electricity producer International Power (IP) [IPR] to run them. IP, already one of Britain's largest generators, will now rival British Energy and Powergen for domination in the country's power market.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jul 2003
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UK government bank bail-out: damned if they do, damned if they don't

The UK government has announced a second wave of bail-out plans to help Britain's ailing banking sector start to lend again, only months after an initial multi-billion pound bail-out program. The first bail-out has seemingly failed to stimulate the financial markets and the economy in general, but the new plan has a greater potential to achieve its objectives.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Jan 2009
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UK government brings bank charges back into the public eye

The UK's recently-elected coalition government has made the abolition of 'unfair' bank fees and charges one of its key policies going forward. However, it is unclear how the government intends to enforce such legislation, and while the move appears to represent a good deal for consumers, there are significant downsides for both the industry and individuals.

Published By Datamonitor
21 May 2010
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UK government needs to grow a spine when tackling whiplash

The UK government's whiplash consultation has been welcomed by the insurance industry, but it is not enough to tackle the problem. More needs to be done to ensure that potentially fraudulent cases are dismissed before they are taken on by the courts.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Jan 2013
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UK government plans billion pound pensions tax giveaway for the wealthy

The 'A Day' pensions simplification regulation, to be implemented next year, will create a pensions boom for the wealthiest consumers, with the UK government forecast to give away more than GBP2 billion a year in tax exemptions. This is controversial, as pensions for ordinary people are currently hugely under-funded.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Jun 2005
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UK government's draft Energy Bill runs into criticism from parliamentary committee

The UK parliament's Energy and Climate Change Committee recently published its views on the government's controversial draft Energy Bill. The committee's conclusions and criticisms centered on the proposed Electricity Market Reform and specifically on the role of Contracts for Differences.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Jul 2012
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UK government's proposed Electricity Market Reform may put independent generators at a disadvantage

The UK parliament's Energy and Climate Change Committee has been scrutinizing the government's proposed Energy Bill. One of its conclusions is that independent generators may have difficulty in accessing the market and establishing viable long-term power contracts.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Aug 2012
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UK government: making financial services digestible

As part of its recent white paper on banking reforms, the British government has suggested ways in which the financial services industry can re-engage with consumers, including the introduction of a color-coded system more commonly found on food labels. While the suggestion has drawn some criticism, the proposed system should at least lead to greater innovation and competition within the industry.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jul 2009
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UK government: setting an example in energy efficiency

Chris Huhne has struggled since becoming Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, but in the last month his department has delivered two important pieces of work. The first is DECC's 2050 forecast, a good piece of analysis that adds transparency and simplicity to the national energy debate; the second, although far smaller in scale, represents admirable leadership.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Aug 2010

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