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Renewables forecast to reduce Italian power imports

Datamonitor's 2030 power forecast for Italy shows rising renewable generation will reduce dependence on imports.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jul 2013
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New UK nuclear capacity nearly dead - update

EDF has received formal permission to develop the site at Hinkley Point in the UK where it wants to build two new reactors. The announcement was made on March 19 by the UK energy secretary. Being given permission to send in the excavators is only a formality, with the trickiest decisions still to be made.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Mar 2013
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UK joins non-binding EU agreement to support nuclear

The UK and 11 other EU countries have signaled their support for nuclear generation. Datamonitor expects benefits from such "soft" agreements to be long-term and to include easier access to funding and R&D sharing. In the short term, the UK government's new carbon price floor will make low-carbon generation, including nuclear, more attractive.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Mar 2013
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France targets nuclear reactor sales in Saudi Arabia

French utilities EDF and Areva are poised to enter the nascent Saudi Arabian nuclear market, but face competition from South Korean, Japanese, and Russian bidders.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Jan 2013
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Utilities in the eurozone: thinking through the unthinkable

Confidence in European sovereign-debt markets is falling rapidly, and speculation is increasing about the potential disintegration of the eurozone. Assessing what impact this might have on Europe's energy market presents a challenge due to the vast array of possible outcomes, and there is little evidence that utilities have contingency planning in place.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Nov 2011
CommentWire
CommentWire

Another 10 years of Norwegian gas for the UK

A 10-year GBP13bn agreement with Statoil, starting in 2015, will see 50 billion cubic meters of gas transported to the UK. The deal is a good move as it reduces UK dependence on Russian gas through European interconnectors. It is a shame, however, that Centrica is not investing more in the UK's North Sea oil and gas reserves, generating much needed tax revenue.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Nov 2011
CommentWire
CommentWire

France-Spain interconnector: receives EIB funding, but concerns over EU generation capacity remain

A E350m loan from the European Investment Bank is to boost a project for a new France-Spain interconnector. The EU is driving such projects as a crucial part of its objective of a single internal energy market. However, interconnectors are no substitute for investment in generation capacity, and with many nations banking on increasing imports, there may not be enough power to go round.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Oct 2011
CommentWire
CommentWire

Lithuania: moves towards new roadmap for gas industry

Plans to split gas transportation and distribution assets in Lithuania have been endorsed by the country's parliament. Datamonitor believes that the plans, once approved by the president, will help move the Lithuanian gas industry towards unhindered access to the European gas infrastructure, while also changing the configuration of the domestic market.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Jul 2011
CommentWire
CommentWire

All Islands Electricity Plan: local communities must buy in to wind farms

Nearly a quarter of the UK's electricity generation capacity needs to be replaced by 2020. This requires investments of some GBP100bn by 2020 for power plants alone. At the same time, it seems that the UK might miss its 2020 targets for renewable energy. Building wind farms in Ireland could boost the Irish economy, and the UK could import green power, but only if local communities do not object.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Jun 2011
CommentWire
CommentWire

Germany: the closure of nuclear plants highlights urgent need for grid improvements

The German government has closed seven of its oldest nuclear power plants for a safety review, and subsequent energy imports have fueled discussions as to whether Germany can meet its future energy needs without nuclear power. However, the true issue is the lack of investment into Germany's aging power network, which urgently needs expansion by 2020, in order to avoid network congestion.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Apr 2011

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