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EDF: partial sell-off could affect competitive landscape

An IPO for a 15% stake in EDF will go ahead before November 21, 2005, raising up to E7 billion. The capital raised is earmarked to finance EDFs investment programme in France and elsewhere in Europe. However, conditions have been imposed on the sale which may go on to impact upon the competitive landscape of the French market.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Oct 2005
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GDF: playing politics with energy prices risks hindering liberalization

GDF's price rises, effective from November 2005, reflect the increase in the wholesale cost of energy. However, the reluctance to pass on the full cost to consumers shows the political dimension to energy price setting in France and indicates the potential problems future entrants to a liberalized French market might face.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Nov 2005
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Poweo: market share ambitions reinforced by Siemens generation venture

Poweo is backing its continued aspirations for greater market share in France with a move into power generation, announcing that its first gas fired station will be built by Siemens. Siemens will doubtless be keen to help finance the deal as a means of garnering a heavy manufacturing order, but one potential cloud on the horizon for both parties is a rise in the price of French gas.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Dec 2005
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French wholesale power: are more virtual auctions the answer?

Having completed the virtual power plant (VPP) auctions deemed necessary by Brussels to permit its EnBW purchase, EdF has agreed to continue offering French power capacity on a voluntary basis until new arrangements are agreed. While regulatory body the CRE champions the continuation and expansion of such auctions, their effectiveness is highly questionable.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Apr 2006
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French energy: dirigiste habits die hard

France's prime minister Dominique de Villepin has announced that residential electricity prices in France will join gas prices in being restricted until at least July 2007. This bodes ill for the prospects of effective retail competition upon full market opening.

Published By Datamonitor
26 May 2006
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EDF: gas deals are pan-European market makers

EDF wants long term gas supply contracts at a group level while leaving power purchase and supply arrangements to its national subsidiaries. This signals both that a pan-European market for gas is likely to develop before power and that smaller companies will find it increasingly difficult to procure gas competitively.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jun 2006
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G8 energy: all for none?

At the G8 summit in Russia, leaders once again demonstrated that these events are merely a meeting of minds, not a mechanism to create aligned policy. There was little unanimity on nuclear and it is clear that Russia, as a net exporter of gas, has different priorities.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Jul 2006
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EDF: LNG trade shows embracing risk is far from reckless

The London-based trading arm of French electricity giant EDF has recently booked capacity at a regasification terminal in France for 2007. This small but significant move indicates that the firm is coming to terms with the need to compete in an increasingly open energy sector, where spot commodity trading will play a vital role.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jul 2006
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GDF / Suez: sweeteners a further blow to competition in France

The French government is seeking parliamentary approval for its energy bill, offering the sweetener of a capped electricity price for business. Such price caps would be firmly against the spirit of the Second European Electricity Directive.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Sep 2006
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French loyalty cards: S'Miles better for Shell

Groupe Caisse d'Epargne has joined Shell in S'Miles, a major syndicated retail loyalty card scheme in France. The French retail bank will represent a welcome addition to the scheme for Shell, increasing the number of card touch points for its customers in a market where an independent loyalty card may not be the best route for the fuel retailer.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Sep 2006

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