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Weak US gas market will further dampen UK wholesale prices

Although gas prices are currently low across the Atlantic Basin, they are even lower in the US, which is diverting LNG towards Europe and further depressing wholesale prices. As these low prices are against a backdrop of Russia's over-supply to Europe and continuing weak demand in the UK, prices are expected to remain below seasonal averages during winter 2009.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Sep 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

Wessex Water: less of a bargain in the long term

After months of wrangling, Azurix has secured the sale of its Wessex Water subsidiary to YTL of Malaysia for GBP1.24 billion after increasing its offer to bondholders for the third time. YTL is one of several companies looking to pick up UK water firms 'on the cheap' as tightening regulatory controls depress stock values. However, their long-term attractiveness could be questionable.

Published By Datamonitor
09 May 2002
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Expert View

Western oil majors are feeling the pinch from national companies

As recent figures indicate, major Western oil companies such as Royal Dutch Shell, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, and TOTAL are increasingly losing ground to a new breed of competitors. With many of the most lucrative hydrocarbon reserves situated in emerging nations and jealously guarded by national oil and gas companies, could this signal the end for Western domination of the oil industry?

Published By Datamonitor
31 Jan 2011
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Expert View

What will the economic recovery do to smart metering return on investment?

Criticisms of the quality of smart meters in the US and Europe during the first quarter of 2010 could not have come at a worse time. Demand for smart meters will rocket in the next two years, while China, a key manufacturing center, is suffering from labor shortages and the threat of a revaluation of the renminbi, which could lead to soaring future production costs and further threats to quality.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Mar 2010
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Will Europe follow the US's lead on Chinese solar panel imports?

The US Department of Commerce has found the Chinese government to have been "unfairly" subsidizing its solar panel manufacturing industry, and is imposing punitive tariffs on imports of this technology from the country. It is yet to be seen whether Europe will follow suit.

Published By Datamonitor
22 May 2012
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Will subsidy reductions kill the solar photovoltaics industry?

Despite the economic downturn, continuing raw material supply limitations and high prices, the solar photovoltaics industry enjoyed very strong growth in 2007. Although subsidy changes in key markets could curtail this upward trend, it is more likely that manufacturing efficiencies, among other factors, will more than offset the proposed subsidy reductions without a major impact on profit margins.

Published By Datamonitor
20 May 2008
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Will the early introduction of a UK carbon floor price really create a level playing field?

The prospect of a potential energy supply gap has revived the carbon floor price debate. While the British government has proposed a minimum price under which carbon cannot fall - which would make fossil fuel generation more costly - it is not yet clear whether the floor price is a real commitment to cleaner technology, a much-needed subsidy for nuclear power, or both.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Nov 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

Wind power: rising costs are unlikely to derail new build plans

The global wind energy industry is facing challenges including rising raw materials costs, supply chain problems and skills shortages, due mainly to booming demand. With renewable valuations at an all time high, Datamonitor predicts strong growth will continue on the back of record sustainable energy investments driven by technology maturity, policy incentives and heightened investor appetite.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Mar 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

Wind power: turbines and tribulations

Published By Datamonitor
29 Nov 2000
Expert View
Expert View

Winning acceptance for dynamic pricing: what utilities must do to succeed

The benefits created by smart metering are considerable, particularly dynamic pricing. Yet the most important element of smart metering - the customer - is little understood and is at risk of being overlooked. Utilities must soon introduce smart metering and the notion of variable pricing to their domestic clients.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Mar 2011

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