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CommentWire
CommentWire

Utility products: tuning in to customers' wavelength is not so easy

The Spanish players Telefonica [TEF.MA] and Gas Natural [GAS.MA] have ventured into the multi-utility arena that proved something of a minefield for UK utilities. Energy products will succeed if they are attuned to a range of market drivers: indeed, the contrasting fortunes of flat bills and the multi-utility model demonstrates that energy retailers have not always understood these drivers.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Sep 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

Union Fenosa: gassing away

Rumors of a proposed sale of 50% in Union Fenosa Gas to a foreign utility have boosted the parent company's share price by 5.5%. Six companies, including Italy's ENI and the UK's Centrica, are reportedly bidding for the stake. A deal would both cut Union Fenosa's debt burden by E1.6 billion, and improve the gas division's position against incumbent GasNatural.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Aug 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Union Fenosa: disposals to reduce debt

Union Fenosa is one of several utilities that have revised their strategic plans to reduce debt. It has begun with the sale of Cambridge Gas & Electricity to Scottish & Southern and its high voltage grid assets to REE, while Eni has submitted a non-binding offer for a 50% stake in its gas business. Eni and BP are considered the most likely to acquire the stake ahead of rival oil and gas companies.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Nov 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Union Fenosa: broadening horizons

Union Fenosa [UNA.MC] has joined Endesa and Iberdrola in the rapidly expanding Spanish broadband market. All three have chosen to target niche customer groupings through alternative platforms in a bid to differentiate themselves from conventional broadband providers. Yet notable market failures suggest that Union Fenosa will struggle for sustained commercial success with its venture.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Apr 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK Waste Policy Review: a surprising lifeline for utilities

The disposal of industrial, commercial, and residential waste in the UK has too long been a question of waste management. Rising energy prices, scarce landfill space, and improved pollution control are slowly changing the energy landscape too. Energy from waste should serve the dual purpose of increasing energy security and freeing up landfill space. Utilities must take notice and act now.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Jun 2011
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK LNG: foreign suppliers are failing to deliver

UK wholesale gas prices have been at a premium to the US market; however, this has failed to encourage LNG shippers, which have diverted tankers away from the UK. Cargo needs, capacity planning and concerns about the security of supply should be raised, given that market fundamentals are not at work. A supply failure, albeit temporary, must be corrected for the market to function efficiently.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Apr 2008
Expert View
Expert View

UK joins non-binding EU agreement to support nuclear

The UK and 11 other EU countries have signaled their support for nuclear generation. Datamonitor expects benefits from such "soft" agreements to be long-term and to include easier access to funding and R&D sharing. In the short term, the UK government's new carbon price floor will make low-carbon generation, including nuclear, more attractive.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Mar 2013
Expert View
Expert View

Suez/GdF merger likely to redraw European energy map

The long-running saga of the Suez/GdF merger has moved a step closer to completion following regulatory approval in France. Shareholders will now vote on the tie-up in July, but this is expected to be a formality as most of the hard bargaining was done in 2007. As the merger's completion moves closer, the European energy landscape is likely to shift as the new entity looks for market openings.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Jun 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

Spanish utilities: the grid turns Red

REE's purchase of nearly all Spain's high voltage grid has ended months of speculation about the future ownership of the country's transmission system. However, it is less clear whether REE will really be able to absorb such a massive investment - and what the implications will be for the development of the Spanish electricity market in general.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Nov 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Spanish utilities: high voltage tension

Endesa and Union Fenosa's grid asset sale to Red Electrica de Espana leaves fundamental questions about possible co-ownership of Spain's high voltage grid network. Although a single operator could theoretically be more efficient, REE may struggle to pay for infrastructure development. The National Energy Commission's announcement, due on Friday, will be eagerly awaited.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Nov 2002

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