Opinion on Energy and Utilities in Europe

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Should British Gas be broken up?

UK Energy Secretary Ed Davey has brought retail gas suppliers' profit margins in the domestic market back into the spotlight, with an open letter to Ofgem urging it to "think radically." Powers to break up any company found to have a monopoly could be bestowed upon the energy regulator, but what consequences would this have for the market share leader British Gas and the rest of the Big Six?

Published By Datamonitor
10 Feb 2014
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Gas-fired generation profit outlook provides little hope for European utilities

Datamonitor Energy's review of generation costs and wholesale power price expectations to 2020 highlights the challenges facing European utilities. In light of this, RWE's recent impairment announcement of EUR3.3bn is likely to herald similar moves by other utilities with exposure to conventional generation.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Jan 2014
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EU emissions reduction targets still too low

New guidelines for emissions reductions across the EU have been applauded for their simplicity, but criticized by climate bodies for their short-sightedness.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Jan 2014
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White label energy suppliers cannot hide the issues at their partner companies

In a recent Which? customer satisfaction survey, Sainsbury's Energy and M&S Energy both experienced decreasing customer scores year-on-year, broadly in line with the performances of the energy suppliers they partner with (British Gas and SSE respectively). This suggests that customer experiences have been similar, but something is keeping the scores higher for the white label partners.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jan 2014
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First Utility most improved energy supplier

According to the 2014 Which? Switch Energy Satisfaction Survey, First Utility has improved its residential customer rating score by eight percentage points compared to the previous year. Only one other supplier, Ecotricity, has been able to make an improvement.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jan 2014
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Spike in UK customer complaints may be on the way

Fluctuating tariff rates mean added pressure on suppliers' IT systems, with consumers ever ready to pounce on the complaint bandwagon.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jan 2014
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UK boosts support for offshore wind

The recent revision of the Contracts for Difference (CFD) draft strike prices will provide a welcome boost to the UK's offshore wind industry. However, this will be at the expense of onshore wind; fluctuating political opinion needs to be taken out of the equation in order for real progress to be made.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Dec 2013
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The Utility Warehouse: helping npower manage retail market reform

npower CEO Paul Massara has said the sale of 770,000 electricity and gas accounts to The Utility Warehouse is "good for competition and good for consumer choice," but has anything really changed?

Published By Datamonitor
21 Nov 2013
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Centrica doubts offshore wind profitability

Centrica's potential withdrawal from the 580MW Race Bank project off the Norfolk coast could be the start of a protracted slow-down in investment in the UK's offshore wind industry, unless the support structure changes.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Nov 2013
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Spanish power analyzer forecast: 2013 update

Datamonitor's updated Power Analyzer forecasts that the share of coal in Spain's generation mix will fall, resulting in a smaller share of the pie for the struggling domestic coal mining industry. Diminishing subsidies to the coal sector add insult to injury and may spell the demise of Spanish-sourced coal in the generation mix.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Oct 2013

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