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US gas market: launch of NBP contracts signals global integration

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange is proposing to allow UK versus US trading on the National Balancing Point gas market in a move that signals greater market transparency and efficiency. In addition to the improvements in liquidity, the new contracts will encourage wider gas market trading and, more significantly, the development of a liquefied natural gas spot market.

Published By Datamonitor
07 May 2009
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US gas industry facing uncertain outlook

Recent geological research suggests that the US may be sitting on a staggering quantity of recoverable gas reserves, but regulatory risk and unequal lobbying powers could inhibit the development of the US gas industry. While this could have a negative impact on the US' ability to cut greenhouse gas emissions, it could leave increased LNG supplies available for European markets.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Aug 2009
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Upstream oil: increasing margins likely to boost profitability

Oil company profits suffered considerably in Q4 2008 and Q1 2009 due to the global economic downturn and the associated drop in oil prices from record highs. However, the reduction in upstream costs proved to be a silver lining, and this, combined with the recent recovery in oil prices, is expected to drive healthy profit results this quarter.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jun 2009
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Unbundling falls short of EU Commission expectations - are governments to blame?

After assessing the progress of network unbundling within European utility markets, the European Commission has found that progress has fallen short of what it wants to be achieved by 2007. While many countries are complying with the letter of the directive, the commission believes they aren't complying with its 'spirit', a view supported by new research.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Apr 2006
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CommentWire

UK: over-legislation is likely to affect energy market integrity

The recently released green manifesto from the UK Labour Party has drawn attention to the current state of the energy sector and pledges that, should Ofgem's 'reform' not show the unspecified results it desires, the government will intercede in the market further. If this happens, it is possible that the market could be damaged rather than improved.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Apr 2010
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UK: North Sea exploration receives crucial incentives

In an attempt to mitigate a growing dependency on imports, the UK government has revealed legislation to promote development of the North Sea's last offshore oil and gas frontier. Combined with a new licensing round offering licenses for exploration in all UK waters for the first time in 12 years, these incentives will potentially open up 20% of the UK's remaining untapped oil and gas reserves.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Feb 2010
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UK-Europe pipeline: enhanced capacity requires enhanced legislation

On the back of UK energy minister Malcolm Wicks' admission that the Interconnector pipeline "is not working properly", the Energy Intensive Users Group has called for the UK operator to be given control of spare capacity. However, shipper failure to maximize imports at a time of record high prices is more a result of impotent legislation than player manipulation.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Feb 2006
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UK wholesale gas: high prices here to stay

The record high levels in UK wholesale gas prices seen in recent weeks have encouraged a large number of end users to delay signing contracts for the new gas year. However, a combination of market fundamentals and trader sentiment means that prices are likely to remain high over the longer term.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Oct 2004
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UK renewables up 20% in 2012 but emissions rise

New figures released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) show that renewable energy generation in the UK increased by 20% in 2012. Manufacturing emissions were reduced, mainly due to the slow economic climate in Europe, but despite this overall UK emissions still rose by around 4.7% due to increased generation from coal power stations.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Apr 2013
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CommentWire

UK offshore wind: Scotland and Hull to lead the development of a key future growth industry

Wind turbine manufacturers Gamesa and Siemens have unveiled proposals to base their offshore wind research and manufacturing facilities in Glasgow, Dundee, and Hull. The potential combined investment of GBP120m is welcome news for Britain's government, which is keen to promote investment in green jobs, and will increase investor confidence in the future of the wind energy industry.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jan 2011

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