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UK smart meters will soon be indispensable

The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced that 98,600 smart meters were installed in households in the first quarter of 2014, a marginal increase from the 95,300 installed in Q4 2013. It is likely that we will see more than 100,000 installations in the second quarter of 2014 to take the total number of smart meters in UK domestic properties to approximately 450,000.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jul 2014
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Renewable the star player in Italy

Solar and wind power are set to become key contributors to Italy's power generation capabilities. The country is one of the key success stories for the renewable energy market: currently, more than 20% of its electricity emanates from renewable energy sources, and this is set to increase to 30% by 2030.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jul 2014
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Portugal to become a net exporter by 2017

Portugal will soon become one of the few European electricity net exporters, with a focus on natural gas and hydropower enabling it to exceed its energy demands. Additionally, a host of new grid interconnectors are due to be installed, enabling Portugal to export its surplus energy to neighboring countries.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Jul 2014
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Smart energy: putting consumers first

A growing number of governments around the world are trying to create more transparent, efficient, and competitive energy markets. Smart meters will be key to this transition.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jul 2014
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Nuclear power to support future growth in Hungary's energy consumption

In Datamonitor Energy's latest update to its power supply and demand forecasts for Hungary, nuclear power will continue to play a major role in the country's energy supply, having accounted for the largest portion (almost 40%) of energy in 2013. Significant funding has been allocated to increasing nuclear energy generation, with two 1,200MW plants predicted to come online in 2023 and 2026.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Jul 2014
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Turkey's power consumption to grow at rapid pace

Turkey's power consumption will continue to grow over the coming decade. Industrial sector energy usage is projected to be the primary factor behind the country's strong demand, with residential and commercial markets also following a similar positive trajectory.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Jun 2014
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Centrica to sell large gas-fired power plants

Growing renewable energy generation is making it unprofitable to operate large conventional power plants, forcing Europe's energy utilities to adapt amid mounting profit warnings.

Published By Datamonitor
13 May 2014
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UK onshore wind faces uncertain future

Onshore wind farms are falling out of favor with the British public, and the Conservative Party has pledged to stop subsidies if it wins the next general election.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Apr 2014
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UK's RHI is a win-win policy

The UK's Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is one of the most important emissions reductions policies ever to be implemented. It will have a positive impact on the UK economy, and other countries are likely to follow suit.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Apr 2014
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Should British Gas be broken up?

UK Energy Secretary Ed Davey has brought retail gas suppliers' profit margins in the domestic market back into the spotlight, with an open letter to Ofgem urging it to "think radically." Powers to break up any company found to have a monopoly could be bestowed upon the energy regulator, but what consequences would this have for the market share leader British Gas and the rest of the Big Six?

Published By Datamonitor
10 Feb 2014

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