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Eni outperforms the competition in a declining Italian electricity market

Eni is the largest retailer of natural gas to Italy (accounting for about 50% of the market). However, regulatory restrictions have been applied to Eni in order to improve competition and encourage new entrants into the Italian gas market. Eni has now turned to the electricity market for revenue and margin growth opportunities, specifically by moving existing gas customers onto dual fuel tariffs.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Oct 2013
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France strengthens profile in South Africa with GDF Suez deal

GDF Suez has been awarded a EUR1.5bn contract to build new conventional thermal electricity capacity in South Africa. This outcome is partly due to France's aggressive stance concerning its domestic industrial interests abroad, and bodes very well for future South African transport, infrastructure, and nuclear development contracts to be awarded to French companies.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Oct 2013
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Centrica withdraws from UK gas storage plans

In September 2013 the UK government confirmed its decision to rule out public subsidies to support gas storage. The decision tacitly assumes existing gas reserve levels are sufficient for supply security at peak times in winter, and that other sources of gas, such as LNG and pipeline imports, will be ample to avoid steep price hikes during cold spells.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Oct 2013
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French climate fund to be paid for by conventional thermal and nuclear generators

The French government has announced another move in its transition towards renewable energy: a carbon tax on polluting fuels.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Sep 2013
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UK: Milliband's price freeze would cause market turmoil

Addressing the Labour Party Conference in Brighton on September 24, 2013, British opposition leader Ed Milliband made the promise to freeze gas and electricity prices until the start of 2017 if the Labour party wins the 2015 election. Milliband also made the assertion that suppliers "have been overcharging people for too long because of a market that doesn't work."

Published By Datamonitor
25 Sep 2013
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First Utility: same day switching would boost churn rates

A campaign launched by First Utility has called on the British power industry to cut the time it takes to switch domestic suppliers from several weeks to one day, claiming it could save customers GBP1.5bn a year by making them feel more comfortable ditching antiquated tariffs. While the forecast savings could be argued up or down, it is not the only benefit that a move like this would bring.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Sep 2013
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Rumors of a British Gas price increase a case of when, not if

Whisperings in the industry media of an imminent price rise from British Gas come as little surprise when factors such as wholesale prices, generation margins, and subsequently retail margins are considered.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Sep 2013
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North-Western European price coupling is key for future energy market integration

European regional day-ahead price coupling is poised to take a major step forward in November 2013 when the Central European block couples with the Nordic and UK markets. Datamonitor expects to see further price convergence and reduced price volatility in the long term, but these effects will be incremental due to the intra-regional coupling that has already taken place.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Aug 2013
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Cuadrilla: Why Datamonitor thinks shale gas merits support

Shale gas has already reduced annual emissions in the US by more than the combined efforts of all renewables, simply by substituting high emissions coal power generation with low emissions gas power generation. The potential exists in the UK to reduce emissions in the same way while lowering gas prices, alleviating fuel poverty, and improving national energy security.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Aug 2013
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Centrica continues to pursue growth across the Atlantic

Centrica's $1.025bn purchase of Hess Corp's B2B gas retail assets on the US east coast (the drearily name Energy Marketing) represents the most recent and most significant retail acquisition through its US-based Direct Energy, and puts it in a dominant position in the east US B2B gas market.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Aug 2013

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