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CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy efficiency: Eaga announces first-half losses but the outlook is set to improve

Green support services and residential energy efficiency solutions provider Eaga has reported pre-tax losses of GBP5m for the first half of its trading year, compared to pre-tax profits of GBP15m posted in the first half of the previous year. While the results reflect a period of political uncertainty and increased competition, the future opportunities of the company are likely to increase.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Feb 2011
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy market: are the social consequences of true competition too much to bear?

Consumer lobby groups have increased pressure on suppliers to address the price differential between prepayment and credit-metered customers. However, the benefits available to credit-metered customers are due to reduced cost-to-serve, and to offer the same discounts to prepayment customers may instigate a cross subsidy in a liberalized market.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Nov 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy marketing: doing the wrong thing

Rising prices and profits, exacerbated by negative advertising and a past history of sharp sales practices, mean that the public perception of the residential energy sector is grim. At the same time the big suppliers talk of becoming consumer orientated service providers, but if they are to escape their status as pure commodity suppliers they must urgently improve the industry's public image.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Nov 2005
Expert View
Expert View

UK energy markets facing a crisis of confidence due to fundamental misconceptions

Ofgem and the UK government are increasingly calling for suppliers to offer consumers more competitive prices, with Ofgem threatening a Competition Commission referral and ministers demanding 'lower' and 'fairer' bills. However, the gulf between policymakers and industry is further evidence that the UK's energy problems rest on the inability to agree on what is expected of a 'competitive' market.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Jan 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy markets: facing inquiry over anti-competitive allegations

The Department of Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform has announced that it is launching an investigation into the UK's energy markets, in response to recent allegations that the 'Big Six' suppliers are employing anti-competitive practices and raising prices unfairly. However, the challenges facing policymakers are huge; a thorough investigation will be lengthy, costly and inevitably flawed.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Feb 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy markets: fuel price rises hindering competition

Rising prices for fuel are driving up wholesale prices for electricity in the UK. Rather than encouraging competition in electricity supply, the fluctuations in the market are making it increasingly difficult for new players to enter the sector. While companies with upstream assets are able to generate the bulk of their profit there, supply only businesses are finding it more difficult to prosper.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Jul 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy markets: suppliers struggle to differentiate prices

The Sunday Times has claimed that the Big Six UK energy firms are keeping their domestic bills high. However, UK retailers have very similar cost bases, which means that their prices will rise and fall together. Like the fuel retailing market, there is very little that firms can do to differentiate themselves on price. As a result, average price differentials are small between the major suppliers.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jan 2008
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

UK energy mid-market: best target general buyers

Published By Datamonitor
30 Aug 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy policy: can local government save the planet?

London's Mayor, Ken Livingstone, is requiring all developments that are referable to him to generate at least 10% of their energy needs from renewable sources. With other local authorities also following this lead, it shows that local government has far more appetite than central government to do something about climate change. For the UK overall, this has to be sensible.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Nov 2005
Expert View
Expert View

UK energy procurement: I&C buyers look for flexible contracts

&C energy buyers have traditionally signed up to 1-2 year fixed price fixed term contracts against which suppliers immediately 'back to back' with wholesale forward purchases. In a volatile and rising market these contracts present the buyer with great risk at renewal. However there is growing evidence that innovative buyers are moving towards flexible, market related purchases.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Mar 2005

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