Opinion on Energy and Utilities in South and Central America

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2008 - the year of green IT

The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali, which runs from December 3 to 14 this year, looks set to send a clear and unambiguous message to the developed world: reduce your carbon footprint now before it is too late.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Dec 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

Acergy and Subsea 7: deal signals a new reality in the oil and gas market

The planned merger between Acergy and Subsea 7, like the similar deal agreed by Schlumberger and Smith International earlier this year, illustrates the new environment in the oil and gas services market. With firms looking to become stronger so that they can overcome costs and complexity challenges, consolidation is likely to emerge as a popular strategy.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Jul 2010
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Adoption of home energy management systems restricted by cost and control issues

While home energy management systems are a useful way of reducing energy use, with benefits for consumers and utilities alike, the adoption of this technology is likely to be hampered by a number of factors including concerns over privacy and a lack of return on investment. As a result, uptake is likely to be optional and driven by sophisticated users and utilities struggling to meet peak demands.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jul 2009
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Air freight: carriers need to look to alternative modes to address margin declines

Soaring oil prices are rendering air freight an increasingly less economically viable choice for logistics carriers and shippers alike. Profit margins in the air freight business are being hurt by the rising fuel costs; thus, multi-modal carriers need to focus on fuel-efficient modal choices to maintain their margins.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Mar 2011
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As Petrobras announces a $32 billion share issuance, the Brazilian government may tighten its grip

Petrobras, the Brazilian national oil company, is preparing to raise nearly $32.0 billion from minority shareholders. Combined with the $42.5 billion worth of shares issued to the Brazilian government in exchange for five billion barrels of proved oil reserves, this is the biggest share offering in history. However, Petrobras' future is dependent on its relationship with the Brazilian government.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Sep 2010
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Back to BASICs for India at Cancun

It's COP time again, and the world will resume its yearly chant about the need to address climate change. The baby steps taken in Copenhagen at the COP15 will be the focus of attention as most developed nations push to make these into more binding agreements. There will therefore be a lot of interest in the four BASIC countries - Brazil, South Africa, India, and China - and what they come up with.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Nov 2010
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Banking reform: addressing the sustainability of banking business models

The financial crisis has highlighted the fragility of banking business models which are based on high levels of risk and low reserves. In the aftermath of the crisis, many banks are aiming to demonstrate that sustainability is making its way onto their agendas. However, there is currently little evidence that this is indeed the case.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jul 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

BG Group: backing out of US and UK generation

With the sale of its US generators complete, barring regulatory sign-off, and a sale process underway for its remaining UK generation assets, BG Group is cutting the cable on its involvement in power generation as demand keeps falling. By selling plants to pure-play generation and infrastructure groups, BG Group will be able to grow its activities in burgeoning areas of the oil and gas sectors.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Apr 2010
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CommentWire

Biofuels: production guarantee could allay environmental concerns

The Brazilian government has proposed a scheme whereby it would offer an environmental seal of approval for its biofuel exports. While this is a response to possible punitive measures against current production methods, the certification scheme provides an innovative approach to the biofuels problem, and offers fuel retailers a means of differentiating themselves from their competitors.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Feb 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

Brazil: policy changes aim to drive the domestic wind market forward

Brazil is dependent on oil and hydroelectric power for the majority of its energy, but the country is now taking steps towards diversifying its energy mix in a way that reduces the chance of widespread power cuts due to drought, while also helping to meet emissions reductions targets. However, a history of talking without acting means that it is yet to be seen whether Brazil is serious about wind.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Jan 2011

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