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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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UK: reduced regulation will boost competition from small residential energy market entrants

Despite many years of market liberalization, the UK's residential energy market remains firmly in the grip of six major energy suppliers. Facing ongoing criticism about rising consumer energy prices, the Department of Energy and Climate Change is reducing the regulation for companies to comply with two major government programs, benefitting new suppliers through reduced administration costs.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jun 2011
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UK: Parliament committee complains of low gas market liquidity

The House of Commons Trade and Industry Committee has claimed in a recent report that the ongoing decline of forward curve liquidity in the UK's NBP market is negatively impacting UK business by causing more frequent and dramatic price spikes. It is clear that liquidity continues to drop but unclear what can be done to reverse this trend.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Dec 2005
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UK: North Sea exploration receives crucial incentives

In an attempt to mitigate a growing dependency on imports, the UK government has revealed legislation to promote development of the North Sea's last offshore oil and gas frontier. Combined with a new licensing round offering licenses for exploration in all UK waters for the first time in 12 years, these incentives will potentially open up 20% of the UK's remaining untapped oil and gas reserves.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Feb 2010
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UK: National Grid preparing for forthcoming "dash for gas"

National Grid has predicted that demand for gas could increase significantly over the coming years, and is set to respond by expanding the capacity of the National Transmission System. An overreliance on gas could have negative implications in terms of the UK's CO2 emissions, but at present the options are limited.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Jun 2011
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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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UK: Centrica's South Morecambe gas field may remain closed

Centrica has recently announced that it may shut a major UK gas field following the North Sea oil and gas tax hike. Press reports quote Centrica and other producers suggesting that the tax hike will deter future investment, leading to more expensive gas imports and higher energy costs for consumers. While this seems unlikely in the short term, the long-term picture remains unclear.

Published By Datamonitor
06 May 2011
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CommentWire

UK-Europe pipeline: enhanced capacity requires enhanced legislation

On the back of UK energy minister Malcolm Wicks' admission that the Interconnector pipeline "is not working properly", the Energy Intensive Users Group has called for the UK operator to be given control of spare capacity. However, shipper failure to maximize imports at a time of record high prices is more a result of impotent legislation than player manipulation.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Feb 2006
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UK's dependence on foreign gas to double

Natural gas is a vital element of the UK's energy mix but production peaked in 1999 and there are concerns that the country is now becoming over-reliant on foreign gas. Production is in rapid decline but the availability of additional sources, particularly from Libya, could reduce market volatility and push prices down, which would be beneficial for importers.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Sep 2009
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UK wholesale gas: regulator reports on price investigation

After almost a year's investigation, UK energy regulator Ofgem has reported on the record UK wholesale gas prices in October 2003 and the summer of 2004. The report concluded that supply issues and oil price linkage were the key factors causing the price spikes. However, as Datamonitor's Andrew Hill explains, there may be other forces at work...

Published By Datamonitor
07 Oct 2004

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