Opinion on Commodity in Germany

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CommentWire
CommentWire

German utilities: RWE continues to spar with regulator

The Federal Cartel Office (FCO) has approved RWE's purchase of online supplier, Eprimo, just days after rejecting its planned takeover of Saar Ferngas. The FCO rulings are in line with its drive to improve network access, while promoting genuine German retail competition. RWE is not on the ropes just yet though.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Mar 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

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
CommentWire
CommentWire

Power generation: Merkel's sums just don't add up

German chancellor Angela Merkel's call for an increased focus on renewable power generation sources in the EU27 reflects how Germany is clinging to its non-nuclear policy. However, a return to nuclear power would be a handy bargaining chip to use when battling the EU over the break-up of Germany's energy giants, which would need to remain intact to fund new nuclear construction.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Mar 2007
Expert View
Expert View

Market maker agreements alone will not guarantee German wholesale gas market creation

The fact that four players have signaled their intention to act as market markers when the new EEX German gas exchange launches in October this year bodes well for liquidity development. This, along with other factors, will drive the development of the market, although liquidity development will not develop overnight.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Feb 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

E.ON: pointing the way to emerging competition in Germany

E.ON has revealed that it will become the first energy company in Germany to offer both a nationwide gas and electricity product to all households. This suggests that recent steps to liberalize markets will finally lead to the onset of genuine retail competition.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Feb 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

German energy utilities: resistance to asset unbundling

The European Commission is facing a negative reaction from Germany in its attempt to force the unbundling of vertically integrated energy utilities. Germany's opposition to the commission's attempt to introduce ownership unbundling in the name of security of supply could actually backfire as Germany is a prime example of exactly the type of market where asset unbundling is necessary.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Jan 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

Dong Energy: Oil, gas and now clean coal

Dong Energy, the Danish energy market leader, is on the move. The company plans an IPO next year as the Danish government will sell part of its ownership in the company. Now it has revealed that it is exploring the option to construct a coal plant utilizing clean coal technology, or carbon capture and storage (CCS) in Germany. If realized, this would certainly be a move in the right direction.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Dec 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

Carbon caps: German coal faces heat

Brussels has reviewed the National Allocation Plans submitted by member states and has revised nine states' carbon caps. The European Commission is determined to avoid a repeat of the failure of the first round of the ETS, which appears to have a net long position due to an oversupply of emission credits. However, with proposed caps being pared down, German coal power plants may face real pain.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Dec 2006
Expert View
Expert View

German retail: liberalization needed to remain competitive

Starting in December, shop opening hours will be completely liberalized in the German state of Thuringia on weekdays, while on Sundays businesses will remain shut. While some commentators are quite upbeat about the future, predicting a boost in turnover for the whole German retail sector, a more cautious viewpoint is probably wise. One thing is certain, retailers' costs will rise.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Nov 2006
Expert View
Expert View

German energy policy meets further resistance

As the German energy regulator initiates liberalization policies, it is not only coming up against resistance from energy companies keen on maintaining the status quo, such as Vattenfall, but also has to deal with a government policy that runs counter to deregulation.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Oct 2006

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