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Aquila: pulling back after Enron

Aquila is cutting jobs in its trading operations, and denying that it will fold - even if its London trading center does. The trading operations are being cut because of the higher cost of capital and the market's wariness following the Enron collapse. The program to increase liquidity and cuts costs is a necessary one.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Jun 2002
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Are capped and fixed price electricity & gas tariffs a good buy?

Capped and fixed price electricity and gas offers are currently being heavily marketed to UK domestic customers, in many cases at a premium on normal tariffs which have already increased by 10 to 15% this winter. Suppliers point out that they offer no 'advice' to customers regarding whether to sign-up to such deals, yet this is uncharted regulatory territory.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Jan 2006
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Are UK consumers fully convinced by forecourt shops?

Given the rising top-up shopping trend, the UK's convenience retail industry is expanding rapidly. However, fuel retailers have not been able to fully exploit the opportunity, and their efforts thus far have been inadequate in changing consumers' unfavorable perceptions of forecourt shops.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Jun 2011
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Are we on the cusp of a shift toward greater use of cellular technologies in smart metering?

Consumers Energy (CE) has become the poster child of cellular smart meter deployment by bucking the trend of using utility built private networks to link individual meters to its head end system.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Apr 2013
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CommentWire

Areva: the first nuclear victim of the recession, but will it be alone?

French nuclear energy company Areva has struggled to expand its portfolio in recent years, as have a number of its competitors. Of all reactors being built by 2015, Areva will be responsible for none, while EDF will only be responsible for one. Asian companies may be gaining market share, but this does not dispel the possibility that this is just the beginning of a downturn in the industry.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Aug 2010
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As Petrobras announces a $32 billion share issuance, the Brazilian government may tighten its grip

Petrobras, the Brazilian national oil company, is preparing to raise nearly $32.0 billion from minority shareholders. Combined with the $42.5 billion worth of shares issued to the Brazilian government in exchange for five billion barrels of proved oil reserves, this is the biggest share offering in history. However, Petrobras' future is dependent on its relationship with the Brazilian government.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Sep 2010
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Asian power firms look to international markets for growth opportunities

Energy security concerns and business expansion plans are driving Asian power generation companies to venture into international markets. However, various technical, commercial and political risks pose significant challenges to these companies' plans to establish an international footprint.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Nov 2009
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Assault on energy price reporting agencies intensifies

Statoil has attacked the current energy price reporting system as open to manipulation and "gaming."

Published By Datamonitor
16 Apr 2013
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Asset unbundling: utilities seek to prolong the status quo

Several German utilities have reportedly put forward proposals to merge their networks with those of foreign competitors as an alternative to divesting these operations. This shows that vertically integrated utilities are changing their recusant stance towards the European Commission's proposal of strict asset unbundling, in an effort to mitigate the proposals and preserve network ownership.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Mar 2007
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Atlantic Electric & Gas: not a blow for competition

Sempra-owned Atlantic Electric and Gas joins a growing list of new entrants to exit the UK retail supply market, with Scottish and Southern Energy buying the operation for GBP91 million. With the market consolidated around six large players, Datamonitor's Martin Yuill discusses whether this latest acquisition is a blow for competition and consumer choice or an example of market forces at work...

Published By Datamonitor
04 May 2004

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