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'Tank tourism': holidays not over yet

The EU commissioner responsible for tax and customs-related issues is set to table a proposal to raise the minimum level of diesel tax imposed by member states, in a bid to cut down on 'tank tourism.' However, given the lukewarm reception that the proposal has received so far, and the fact that unanimity is required, the proposal is unlikely to be adopted.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Feb 2007
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2030: conventional thermal to fill nuclear gap in Germany

Germany's dependence on fossil fuels - namely gas and coal-fired generation - will continue beyond 2030 according to Datamonitor's 2030 power forecast, driven by the assumed exit from nuclear generation by the end of 2022 when some 4GW of nuclear capacity comes offline.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jun 2013
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A Climate Change Levy exemption for nuclear in the UK is both problematic and unlikely

Despite repeated claims from the government that there will be no subsidy for nuclear power in the UK, stakeholder demands for other forms of assistance are growing increasingly common. The possibility of an exemption for nuclear power under the Climate Change Levy framework has been proposed, yet such proposals are unworkable, as they would necessitate huge structural changes to the levy scheme.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Dec 2009
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A costly and abrupt retreat from nuclear in Germany

March 11 marked the first anniversary of Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster. This has caused a particularly marked policy response in Germany, where the decision has been made to abandon nuclear energy by 2022 at an estimated cost of E1.7tn by 2030. The decision appears to be motivated by political considerations rather than factual assessment.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Mar 2012
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A crisis in the UK EMR

The UK EMR's tripartite goal of achieving energy security, carbon reduction, and cost minimization is untenable. The government's pretense that it is maintaining a competitive market environment while actually pursuing a highly interventionist policy means that there will be a crisis in UK energy policy - unless the government convinces the public that carbon reduction is worth the cost.

Published By Datamonitor
09 May 2013
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A difficult year, but the future is still bright for EDF

French energy giant EDF has revealed a bigger than expected 40% drop in annual profits, prompting a fall in the company's share price. However, despite the disappointing annual results, EDF's outlook is strong. Indeed, potential plans to sell some French assets in order to boost liquidity would not only ease the company's debt pile but would also appease the European Commission.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Feb 2009
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A European E.ON-slaught

Published By Datamonitor
07 Nov 2000
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A fully competitive European energy market may remain a Brussels pipedream

The liberalization of the European energy market has advanced only slowly over the past eight years. One month on from the latest directive deadline, Datamonitor's Salman Wasti reviews how uncertainty over the EU constitutions could create a new barrier to progress...

Published By Datamonitor
29 Jul 2004
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A nuclear future for the Netherlands

The Netherlands will remain reliant on nuclear generation for the foreseeable future in a deliberate pro-nuclear policy stance, in addition to its continued dependence on natural gas. Together, these fuels will supply two fifths of total generation in 2030.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Jul 2013
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A storm is brewing in the East despite temporary gas truce

The January 2006 Russia-Ukraine gas deal has been temporarily extended to the autumn; a temporary truce largely driven by Russia's position as chair of the G8. There are two events on the horizon with potentially serious implications for the reliability of gas supplies to Europe: Yulia Tymoshenko's appointment as Ukrainian prime minister, and Turkmenistan's decision to hike gas prices to Russia.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jul 2006

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