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Baltic energy policy mirrors wider EU trends

Polish environment minister Maciej Nowicki has announced that Warsaw will invest PLN5 billion ($1.55 billion) over the next few years to meet its renewables target as part of the European Union's strategy to combat global warming. Poland's energy situation reflects the conundrum within which much of Europe finds itself, and provides an interesting microcosm to consider wider issues.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jun 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

Centrica: railway is the right way

Centrica's Spanish new entrant brand, Luseo, is competing against the big hitters within the Spanish electricity market for the lucrative Renfe contract. Bidding for this type of contract allows Luseo to promote its strengths whilst tackling the challenges of scale it faces as a new entrant.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Aug 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

EC: turning timely attention to the interconnector infrastructure linking France and Spain

Spain abounds with solar and wind power capacity, and its numerous LNG import terminals and pipeline entry points make it a resource hub for Europe. However, poor gas and power interconnectors with France risk isolating the Iberian Peninsula and damaging its economic ties with Europe, so help from the EC could not come at a more opportune moment.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Feb 2011
CommentWire
CommentWire

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
CommentWire
CommentWire

EDF: LNG trade shows embracing risk is far from reckless

The London-based trading arm of French electricity giant EDF has recently booked capacity at a regasification terminal in France for 2007. This small but significant move indicates that the firm is coming to terms with the need to compete in an increasingly open energy sector, where spot commodity trading will play a vital role.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jul 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

Electricity network unbundling: labor pains

Organized labor has joined the opposition to network unbundling, further testing the EU's resolve to genuinely reform the European energy landscape. Further instances of such clashes are likely amid the market upheaval, but the regulator must stick to its guns in pushing through the reforms to ensure longer-term benefits for the majority.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Apr 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

ESB: an Anglo-Irish agreement

Increasing interconnection with the UK will bring further opportunities for ESB in the UK market, with the new contract with Smartest Energy the first steps towards this. An integrated UK-Ireland market will give ESB the opportunity to expand and manage its own portfolio more effectively across a larger market.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Apr 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

EU emissions trading: too much too soon for industry

The EU-wide emissions capping and trading scheme is due to be rolled out in January 2005. However, it seems that neither the EU nor the national governments are ready for its introduction. Fearful of a "botched" job, Europe's industry groups are calling for a postponement, which may be a sensible move to ensure the fair implementation of the scheme.

Published By Datamonitor
10 May 2004
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EU energy market reforms meet mixed response

The EU has unveiled the third tranche of its liberalization package aimed at overhauling the European energy sector. The reforms focus on the setup of state-owned utilities and reiterate the EU's plans to enforce network unbundling. However, while anxious energy giants have been vocal in their opposition to the reforms, dissatisfied reformers are accusing the EU of not going far enough.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Sep 2007
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European Council passes watered-down energy package but the hard part is yet to come

Ministers have agreed a compromise on liberalization in EU energy markets, following lengthy negotiations between states seeking to protect their national energy infrastructure and those pushing for a single European market. Despite being a weak package which leaves issues unresolved, the deal took much time and effort. However, the looming battle with the European Parliament will be much harder.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Oct 2008

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