Opinion on Utilities Networks in North America

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Carbon taxation: a flawed response to flawed market mechanisms

Carbon taxation has not figured highly in deliberations over carbon reduction initiatives. Nevertheless, academics - the source of so many governmental policy initiatives - have kept this debate alive. Furthermore, obvious flaws in the current, market-based systems will embolden critics' calls for a tax-based policy.

Published By Datamonitor
10 May 2007
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Copenhagen must be mindful of the implications for network infrastructure

The Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, COP15, will see countries making commitments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, even if no overarching international agreement is reached. Datamonitor encourages delegates at the summit to be mindful of the consequences of carbon abatement and renewable energy targets for their country's utility network infrastructure.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Nov 2009
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Echelon pushes smart grid processing to the edge

Smart grid specialist Echelon has announced the launch of its Edge Control Node, which utilities can use to process data closer to the point of creation and thus reduce the latency in a centralized data processing architecture. Ovum believes that advanced smart grid functionality such as electric vehicle recharging will be the tipping point that makes edge processing a necessity.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Oct 2010
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EDF to continue international expansion strategy

EDF chairman Pierre Gadonneix has been quoted by the Financial Times as saying that he plans to make further investments outside of the EU in response to European energy market liberalization. Given the market share that EDF is likely to lose in the wake of liberalization, this is a judicious move, particularly because of the firm's leading nuclear capabilities.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Nov 2007
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Energy market reform is not to blame for blackouts

There have been a large number of power blackouts across the Western world in recent times. From the US to Italy, and at several places in between, power shortages have sparked fears over possible terrorism, and accusations that market reforms are not working. However, as Datamonitor's Alex Solomon explains, the real issue is of grid investment.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Oct 2004
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Environmental concerns drive power-generating technology changes

While combined cycle gas turbine plants continue to dominate new electricity generation build, environmental concerns and government policy are having an increasing influence on generating technology development. The majority of technical research at present is focused on environmental considerations; both cleaning up traditional thermal power plants and improving new forms of technology.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Nov 2006
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Global intermittency issues could be alleviated within the decade

Intermittency, in the context of energy, refers to power generation sources that are not continuously accessible due to factors outside of energy providers' direct control, such as the availability of wind and sunlight. But declining costs, improved efficiencies, and technological advances are helping to alleviate the intermittency problem associated with renewables.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Nov 2011
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Mackenzie Valley: approved pipeline faces competition from shale gas industry

Canada's federal regulators have approved the Mackenzie Valley pipeline in the Northwest Territories after more than three decades of debate. The $16bn pipeline will bring Arctic natural gas to the Canadian market and create thousands of jobs. However, the challenge for stakeholders will be to determine the commercial viability of the project, compared to other supply sources such as shale gas.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Dec 2010
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National Grid: finding solace on a distant shore

That UK-based network operator National Grid will now garner greater profit from its US business than its European arm only serves to highlight the stunted liberalization of the EU energy market. Implementation of the second electricity and gas directive has been patchy at best, with power distribution set to remain under the aegis of individual member states for some time to come.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Mar 2006
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Schneider: eying up smart technology market with bid for Telvent

Schneider Electric's recent $2bn bid for Spanish software and services company Telvent is another clear example of how original equipment manufacturers are trying to increase their presence in the smart technology market. As opportunities in this area increase, more large players are likely to try and combine their scope and resources with smaller companies' industry specialization.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Jun 2011

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