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US energy trading: struggling to survive

Dynegy's decision to pay the fine to the Securities and Exchange Commission, increases pressure on the beleaguered US energy trading segment, which has all but died in the aftermath of Enron's bankruptcy last year. The industry can only begin to recover once all SEC and FERC investigations are complete.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Sep 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

US electricity: badly in need of some brave utilities

Enron's collapse has deterred the US investment community from getting involved with wholesale generators. However, it should not deter the wholesalers from building new plant. There are still plenty of highly profitable US investment opportunities, and those willing to seize them will come out best in the medium term.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Jan 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

UBS/EnronOnline: customers once bitten, twice shy

Despite UBS' AA+ credit rating, rebuilding the shattered confidence of former EnronOnline clients will be a tall order for the Swiss bank. It has been successful in retaining Enron employees, including senior staff, but many customers have already defected to healthier rivals following the collapse.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Feb 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

TXU: leaving its European offspring in the cold

Although TXU Europe will continue business in the short term, its medium-term prospects are uncertain. With one credit rating agency downgrading the unit to junk, deals with trading partners need urgent renegotiation. A major partner such as E.ON could buy TXU Europe to protect itself from the fallout; others can only wait for government support and a rise in wholesale power prices.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Oct 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

TXU: cutting costs in tough times

Like British Energy, TXU has also been adversely affected by falling wholesale power prices in the UK; the Texan firm has been forced to downgrade its earnings forecast for the year. TXU is now looking at ways to turn the business around, including asset sales, job cuts, and the renegotiation of loss-making power purchase contracts.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Oct 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

TXU Europe: a power market failure

TXU Europe's move into administration comes after the termination of a long term-supply contract with AES Drax. It concludes a remarkable decline for TXU from a leading position in the UK power market just a year ago. The development will have knock-on effects for other UK utilities.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Nov 2002
Expert View
Expert View

TPIs play key role in I&C market

With the increasing liberalization and complexity of the industrial and commercial energy market, third-party intermediaries (TPIs) are more frequently employed by large energy purchasers to negotiate their energy supply contracts. Indeed, TPIs are vital to navigating the complex terms and conditions that are now part and parcel of these deals, and can also play a role in precipitating switching.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Mar 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

Tesco: hoping US consumers give it the 'green' light

Tesco, the UK's largest retailer, has announced that its 2007 entry into the US market will focus heavily on 'green' and ethical issues. Tesco is taking advantage of growing environmental awareness among US consumers, and hopes to position itself as a truly 'green' grocer, complete with eco-friendly stores, trans fat-free foods and even a new green coloured logo, designed specifically for the US.

Published By Datamonitor
02 May 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

SSE/Midlands: take it or leave it

If bondholders accept SSE's offer for Midlands Electricity, they will have to take a 14% cut in their investment. SSE, on the other hand, would expect GBP30 million in annual savings. Negotiations have already been in progress for eight months and are likely to continue into the summer, but SSE's patience may well be rewarded.

Published By Datamonitor
27 May 2003
Expert View
Expert View

Speculation surrounds ScottishPower

Having now agreed the sale of PacifiCorp, ScottishPower has removed its underperforming asset and made itself a more attractive takeover proposition. The leading contenders, SSE and E.ON, would add significant market share in retail and generation assets. However, as Datamonitor's Salman Wasti explains, such a development would undoubtedly raise competition issues with the regulator.

Published By Datamonitor
27 May 2005

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