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Ofgem: looking to provide a long-term solution to UK energy needs

UK energy regulator Ofgem may be awarded new regulatory powers in an attempt to tackle the UK's long-term energy supply needs and growing concerns of underinvestment from private companies. The proposals suggest that greater intervention will impact on other key strategic goals, such as the decision to invest in nuclear power and the LNG market.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Jul 2007
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Ofgem's RIIO: the decarbonization of Britain's energy networks at GBP6 per household per year

After two years of consultation, Ofgem has finalized its new network regulation model. RIIO will replace RPI-X, which for 20 years has served Britain well in keeping network charges low and encouraging investment. However, as the government tries to reduce carbon emissions and increase renewable energy capacity, Britain's existing grid infrastructure is in need of a significant overhaul.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Oct 2010
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Ofgem hints at intervention over price spikes but affirmative action still needed

After a long period of inaction by Ofgem over the issue of wholesale price spikes, recent signals have emerged pointing to a possible new, and more vociferous, desire by the regulator to address the issue. However it remains to be seen if this rhetoric will translate into Ofgem finally taking the required assertive course of action.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Feb 2006
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Novozymes, Danisco: catalysts for cellulosic ethanol production

Biofuel from non-food biomass (cellulosic ethanol) is still well behind grain-based biofuel in production volumes and cost. However, recently unveiled enzymes bring viable fossil-free fuel production (which does not directly compete with food production) a step closer.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Feb 2010
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Nord Stream receives environmental clearance from Sweden and Finland

Having received approval from Sweden and Finland's respective governments, the E7.4 billion Nord Stream gas pipeline now only needs construction permits from Germany and Russia, both of which are certain to issue them. As a result, the target start date of early 2010 for the project's construction is now well within reach, meaning it is likely to begin pumping gas on schedule in 2011.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Nov 2009
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New UK gas import infrastructure should be in right hands

Interconnector UK and Isle of Grain LNG shippers are not always incentivized to import gas, as they also benefit from high gas prices on North Sea supplies. This gloomy thought may be an explanation for the gas supply problems seen this winter, but new import projects provide a more optimistic outlook for the future as the shippers operating these assets are incentivized to bring gas to the UK.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Mar 2006
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New sectors are likely to drive growth in the oil and gas market during this decade

While the recession has reduced the strength of some conventional players, it has created an opportunity for others to increase their clout in the segment. The oil and gas sector is likely to witness interesting developments that will provide new opportunities for industry players in this decade, such as an increased focus on unconventional fuels.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Feb 2011
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New Poland-Russia gas deal suits long-term EU plan to leave Russia out in the cold

In 2009, a deal was negotiated to bring more of Russia's gas to Poland and give Gazprom and PGNiG exclusive control over the Polish section of the Yamal pipeline. However, the EU raised concerns that the agreement contravened laws over pipeline ownership. The deal has now been renegotiated to bring it in line with EU legislation, weakening Moscow's long-term prospects in the European gas market.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Oct 2010
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New Italian-Greek pipeline eases some supply security fears but raises others

The proposed pipeline link between Italy and Greece is set to receive formal ratification in the next few weeks. The construction of the pipeline will bring positive developments to the gas industries in both countries, though further highlights how Europe is becoming increasingly dependent on gas supplies from outside the EU.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Sep 2005
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New exploratory licenses for German unconventional gas create risk of green backlash

A number of firms have been awarded exploratory drilling licenses for fields in Germany where new production techniques may make the extraction of large quantities of unconventional gas financially viable. While this development might affect the global gas markets in the future, production is unlikely to start in the next couple of years, and the news has already attracted environmental scrutiny.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Nov 2010

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