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Gaz de France-Suez merger overcomes domestic opposition

The GDF-Suez merger has successfully been moved through the French National Assembly. Article 10 has been passed, permitting the French government to reduce its stake in GDF to 34% and paving the way for the creation of Europe's second largest gas utility after EDF. However, the business rationale for the merger remains vague as new research shows that size isn't everything in the energy sector.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Sep 2006
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GDF-Suez: merger passes domestic opposition, but size doesn't matter

French economy minister Thierry Breton has successfully navigated the GDF-Suez merger past Socialist Party opposition. If competition issues can be overcome, Europe will have a major new utility by the end of the year. However, the business rationale for the merger remains vague. New research shows that, on average, there is no relationship between the size of a utility and its profitability.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Oct 2006
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Electricity: French government undermines liberalization timetable

In a major retreat from the EU's energy liberalization objectives, the French Senate has approved a temporary system of subsidization for business consumers. While business energy users will enjoy this reprieve, it will come at the expense of both consumers and the development of a fully liberalized electricity market in France.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Oct 2006
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Belpex: one small leap for European wholesale market development

Europe's largest power exporter, France, has agreed to wholesale power market coupling with its lowland neighbors, Belgium and the Netherlands. Multinational day-ahead trading is scheduled to commence at Belpex later in November. While this represents a forward step towards a single European energy market, it alone will not redress underlying market inefficiencies.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Nov 2006
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Forecourts: France authorizes biofuel but more carrot needed

France has joined a number of other countries in approving the commercial sale of biofuels, with the French government stating that it hopes to see biofuel's share of total motor fuel consumption rise to 7% by 2010. However, legislation alone is not enough. Given the need to convince retailers to provide biofuels, and the attendant costs, the uptake of biofuels also needs to be consumer-driven.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Jan 2007
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French wholesale gas market continues to make progress

Poweo has unveiled plans to begin trading on the French wholesale gas market, PEG, providing another indication that the market will continue its rapid growth. With continued liquidity growth, improved price signals and market opening, the prospects for the PEG remain high. However, considerable progress remains to be made before it becomes truly established like markets such as the NBP or TTF.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Mar 2007
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Rompetrol launches brand new name in French fuel retailing

Rompetrol has announced that it is to apply the Rompetrol brand to a French highway service station and plans to use it as a test case before further rollout of the name. This step is certainly prudent but, ultimately, the price of the fuel and the location of the chosen sites will be the core drivers of its retail success, with the brand having minimal bearing on motorists' decision to visit.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Apr 2007
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EU wind power: new sources needed

The European Wind Energy Association has predicted that the wind power sector could provide 12% to 15% of European power demand by 2020. Although this represents a fivefold increase on current levels, the EU may need to look beyond the high-growth markets of Germany and Spain to find new wind power potential to help the region meet its renewables quota of 21% by 2020.

Published By Datamonitor
15 May 2007
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Poweo: French retail partner may be hard to find

With the French energy market due to open up to competition in July, Poweo appears to be searching for retail partners in order to help it break into this heavily guarded sector. However, as consumer groups are urging people to stay with their incumbent supplier and as Poweo's strategy holds limited benefits for retailers, this may not prove successful.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jun 2007
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European power market: absence of regulator could impede progress

France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg have signed an agreement to integrate their electricity transmission systems. This deal is being hailed by some as the first step towards a fully integrated European wholesale market. However, the lack of an independent, comprehensive regulator may slow movement towards this goal, and towards facilitating cross-border trade.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Jun 2007

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