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Winter gas & power will still prove costly for UK business

Falling wholesale energy prices have had significant column inches recently, with UK regulator Ofgem threatening to "go after" domestic retailers caught with profit-laden "jam on their fingers." While households may enjoy a welcome fall in energy bills in the New Year, British industry faces the more immediate prospect of another winter of discontent in the volatile spot and near curve markets.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Sep 2006
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Wingas right to question the competitiveness of long-term contracts

Germany's Wingas has questioned the paradoxical practice of moving to a liberalized energy market but still allowing suppliers to maintain long-term contracts. Wingas' objection is justified as the context of such long-term contractual arrangements has moved on and, as Datamonitor's Salman Wasti argues, other, less anti-competitive options are available.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jul 2005
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What to expect when the Czech Republic assumes the EU presidency

In less than eight weeks time the Czech Republic will assume the rotating EU presidency, replacing France. Six months after that, the position will shift again to Sweden. Whereas the French and Swedish objectives relating to environment and energy respectively are quite ambitious, the Czech presidency will have limited aspirations.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Nov 2008
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Weak US gas market will further dampen UK wholesale prices

Although gas prices are currently low across the Atlantic Basin, they are even lower in the US, which is diverting LNG towards Europe and further depressing wholesale prices. As these low prices are against a backdrop of Russia's over-supply to Europe and continuing weak demand in the UK, prices are expected to remain below seasonal averages during winter 2009.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Sep 2009
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US support for Lithuanian LNG plant indicative of frenetic attempts to reduce Russian gas dependence

Following the military conflict in Georgia and the potential 'loss' of the EU-US backed 'fourth corridor' of energy supplies from the Caucuses/Central Asia, liquefied natural gas is rapidly gaining traction across European states as a strategic supply option. Yet it is the US, as much as the EU, that is driving renewed interest in LNG in Europe.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Oct 2008
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US natural gas: high prices mean tough choices

Alan Greenspan, chairman of the Federal Reserve, has reiterated that the jump in natural gas prices is likely to be protracted and it is possible that prices will become a drag on the US economy as winter approaches. Higher import levels may be required to reduce natural gas prices in the US, but this solution is no quick fix.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Jul 2003
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US LNG terminal building boom will lead to massive underuse of capacity

Gas producers without export pipelines are taking advantage of increased natural gas demand in Europe, the US and Asia by shipping gas in liquid form. Demand for LNG is so great that shipments at sea have been diverted from their original destination to take advantage of arbitrage opportunities elsewhere. Nevertheless, new capacity created by a boom in LNG infrastructure builds may be underused.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Aug 2007
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US gas market: launch of NBP contracts signals global integration

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange is proposing to allow UK versus US trading on the National Balancing Point gas market in a move that signals greater market transparency and efficiency. In addition to the improvements in liquidity, the new contracts will encourage wider gas market trading and, more significantly, the development of a liquefied natural gas spot market.

Published By Datamonitor
07 May 2009
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US gas industry facing uncertain outlook

Recent geological research suggests that the US may be sitting on a staggering quantity of recoverable gas reserves, but regulatory risk and unequal lobbying powers could inhibit the development of the US gas industry. While this could have a negative impact on the US' ability to cut greenhouse gas emissions, it could leave increased LNG supplies available for European markets.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Aug 2009
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Unbundling falls short of EU Commission expectations - are governments to blame?

After assessing the progress of network unbundling within European utility markets, the European Commission has found that progress has fallen short of what it wants to be achieved by 2007. While many countries are complying with the letter of the directive, the commission believes they aren't complying with its 'spirit', a view supported by new research.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Apr 2006

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