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EU environmental regulations threaten the UK's future energy security

For energy companies looking at investment decisions in the next decade, there is a tug-of-war between the reality of current prices for fossil fuels and the climate change constraints that oblige the UK to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The tricky question for the UK government is how it will reconcile these competing challenges.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Mar 2012
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Ofgem set to crack down on energy brokers

A lack of rigorous legislation governing the behavior of UK energy brokers has allowed some firms to engage in practices that are threatening to harm the reputation of the entire marketplace.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Mar 2012
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Renewable Heat Incentive paves a clear path for renewable heat technologies

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has made changes to the Renewable Heat Incentive tariffs and put back the commencement of the full scheme. Despite the delay, this can be seen as a positive development, as the strengthening of the program's framework will promote a more stable industry.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Apr 2012
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Unpredictable tariffs threaten the progress of renewable energy technologies in the UK

2011 was a record year for investment in renewable energy technologies, but with recent changes to tariff levels in the UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Poland throwing doubt on governments' commitment to subsidizing the sector, European investment in renewable energy stalled in Q1 of 2012.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Apr 2012
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Will Europe follow the US's lead on Chinese solar panel imports?

The US Department of Commerce has found the Chinese government to have been "unfairly" subsidizing its solar panel manufacturing industry, and is imposing punitive tariffs on imports of this technology from the country. It is yet to be seen whether Europe will follow suit.

Published By Datamonitor
22 May 2012
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Shell ups the ante in a bid to drive loyalty

Shell's recently announced plans to introduce attendant service at its forecourts in the UK point toward a potential game-changer in the fuel retail sector. While motorists have become familiar with filling up on their own, a free attendant service is something that they could easily get used to, given the added convenience that it offers.

Published By Datamonitor
30 May 2012
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Draft Electricity Market Reform just the start of a big debate

The UK government's Electricity Market Reform progressed further on May 22, 2012 with the release of the draft energy bill. The reform is ambitious, complex, and leaves many important details still to be decided. Consequently, market participants face an uncertain environment and infrastructure investment may be delayed until there is greater clarity.

Published By Datamonitor
31 May 2012
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Geothermal could account for a significant amount of UK energy if government support is increased

Deep geothermal energy in the UK has the potential to accommodate an installed capacity of 9.5GW of electrical power and 100GWth of heat to the nation's consumers, according to the Renewable Energy Association and a new report by engineering consultants Sinclair Knight Merz. Realizing this, however, will require government buy-in.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Jun 2012
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UK electricity demand and supply: major changes expected to 2030

The future electricity landscape in the UK is forecast to be quite different from the present one. Increasing energy efficiency is expected to act as a dampener on demand, while current energy policy changes and greenhouse gas emissions targets mean that the future generation mix will be dominated by gas, wind, and nuclear power.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jul 2012
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GDF and the French government fight over gas prices

French utility GDF Suez has gained the upper hand in its battle with the French government over the sensitive issue of gas prices. GDF Suez has succeeded in overturning a gas price freeze announced by the French government in Q4 2011. As a result, consumers will need to pay the price difference for the quarter, and gas prices will continue to be a politically sensitive topic.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Jul 2012

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