Opinion on Energy and Utilities in France

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EDF needs to rise to the gas challenge in France

Electricite de France has announced plans to enter the French I&C gas market. However, despite being the monopoly electricity supplier in France, EDF must recognize that size will not necessarily bring results. While low gas uptake in France leaves a large potential client base, EDF will still face an uphill struggle to make this count.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Nov 2004
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EDF price rises still leave French consumers on a good deal

The French government applied the first of two 5% increases in EDF's regulated domestic electricity prices on August 1, 2013. The second rise will take place in 2014, according to the French energy ministry. Yet despite the increases, French consumers will still be paying among the lowest power tariffs in Europe.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Aug 2013
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EDF to continue international expansion strategy

EDF chairman Pierre Gadonneix has been quoted by the Financial Times as saying that he plans to make further investments outside of the EU in response to European energy market liberalization. Given the market share that EDF is likely to lose in the wake of liberalization, this is a judicious move, particularly because of the firm's leading nuclear capabilities.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Nov 2007
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EdF/Enel: marrying for dual nationality privileges

EdF, the French electricity giant, and Enel, the Italian former monopoly, are discussing a deal that could see the two companies gain a foothold in each other's markets. This would present viable business strategies for two former monopolies faced with an inexorable market share decline at home.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Feb 2003
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EdF/GdF: a step along the long road to privatization

France's center-right finance minister, Francis Mer, wants the privatization of energy suppliers EdF and GdF to kick-start in 2004. Based on a "non-negotiable political choice", the decision could boost both firms' international strategies. However, concerns about the funding of the companies' 144,000 pensioners could delay the privatizations further.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Aug 2002
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EDF/GDF: privatization put on hold, again

EDF and GDF, the giant former monopolies, were slated for part-privatization at the end of 2003. However, the prospect of labor unrest, due to vehement opposition from the unions, has led to yet another postponement. Both companies need to come up with a Plan B, because simply waiting around for another year is not an option.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Dec 2003
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EDF/GDF: vigorous competitors or cozy partners?

France's power and gas incumbents, EDF and GDF, have signed long-term wholesale supply contracts with each other. This will allow the two companies to target French retail customers in what was previously the opposite number's monopoly market. However, does this herald the beginning of full-bloodied competition in French utilities or an attempt to create a cozy duopoly?

Published By Datamonitor
05 Aug 2005
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EdF: an unassailable position?

French authorities have decided that regulated electricity tariffs are anti-competitive. While EdF will be concerned by the proposed abolition of the tariffs in the next wave of deregulation, Datamonitor's Alex Patient argues that the company still retains sufficient market power to protect its position of dominance...

Published By Datamonitor
02 Apr 2004
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EdF: competition worries could scupper expansion

Published By Datamonitor
21 Aug 2001
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EDF: considering UK network sale as nuclear focus grows

EDF's recent acquisitions have significantly increased its nuclear asset base. Having acquired British Energy and part of Constellation earlier this year, as well as announcing plans to build 10 new nuclear plants in France and the UK, it has been reported that EDF is considering divesting its UK distribution assets. This would allow it to focus its resources on the nuclear generation renaissance.

Published By Datamonitor
13 May 2009

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