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UK energy: old customers are profitable customers

According to new Datamonitor research, in 2004, UK energy suppliers that retained the highest proportion of the customers that they had prior to market liberalization achieved the greatest profitability. Furthermore, Tier 1 customers were found to be the most profitable for suppliers.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Aug 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy: power from renewables falls, along with emissions target hopes

The Committee on Climate Change has warned that unless "urgent action" is taken the UK will miss its emissions target after the recession created the illusion of a significant decrease in carbon production. Furthermore, the proportion of Britain's electricity supplied from renewable sources fell 7.5% in the first quarter of 2010, placing the nation's green energy revolution in peril.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Jul 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy: power to the people

A key action for the re-elected Labour government is to develop a clear policy towards nuclear and renewables build, although other aspects of energy policy also need to be fully addressed during Labour's third term.

Published By Datamonitor
09 May 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy: proliferating nuclear power

A European Commission report and a leaked DTI document seem to indicate the UK government's tactics for meeting energy needs. The DTI suggests plans to win public opinion and build a new breed of nuclear reactor to fill the energy gap while meeting emissions reduction targets. Although it will face opposition, it may justify this through comparison of similar scenarios in Finland and California.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Jul 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy: regional pricing strategies remain unchallenged

UK electricity and gas suppliers have traditionally charged more for their services in their incumbent regions than they have in their competitors' second tier areas. This differentiated pricing strategy looks set to continue as, at present, the percentage of incumbent customers that remain loyal despite the higher prices is such that utilities are able to increase their tariffs even further.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Jul 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy: rising power prices are inevitable

The report is based around keeping options open. But the UK government has to accept there is no easy way out of this one: whatever technologies are supported will be expensive. Once this has sunk in, 'expensive renewable technology' sounds much more reasonable.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Feb 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy: Russian crisis provides unexpected fillip to nuclear lobby

By actually following through with threats to cut supplies to the Ukraine, Gazprom has helped to highlight some of the reasons for the construction of a new fleet of new nuclear reactors in the UK. The Russian firm's actions could potentially reduce the size of one of its most important future markets.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jan 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy: smart money on distribution companies

A UK government white paper due to be published in March is believed to state that smart energy meters will be made mandatory in UK homes. Although advocates claim that the widespread introduction of smart meters will provide a major step towards meeting environmental goals by reducing energy wastage, the question of who the responsibility should be placed with to deliver the best results remains.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Feb 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy: strong outlook for biogas

A potential dash for gas in the UK, combined with a decline in North Sea oil and gas drilling and several other factors besides, have reinforced the potential of biogas. Biogas burns more cleanly than fossil fuels, and is claimed to be carbon neutral. Datamonitor believes that utilities should be looking more closely at this resource.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Jul 2011
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy: the dash to gas increases exposure to imports

The UK's move to net gas importer status has raised concerns over the country's dependence on gas as the principal fuel for power generation. Given that demand for energy is increasing, the UK now has two choices: focus on developing a broad mix of generation including nuclear and renewable sources, or maintain the dependence on gas with its inherent vulnerability to increases in import costs.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Aug 2004

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