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CommentWire
CommentWire

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
CommentWire
CommentWire

Alstom: super critical technology provides bright spot

Tying up with local player BHEL is the right strategy for Alstom in India. It spreads the Indian power sector's political and market risk with a local company that is well poised to win the major super critical power plant contracts that are on the horizon.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Mar 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Alstom: surviving on handouts

The bail out agreement between the French government and Alstom [ALS.PA] brings to an end weeks of confrontation between Paris and Brussels over the issue of state aid. However, the deal represents only a stay of execution for Alstom, which must offload businesses if it is to survive.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Sep 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Areva: the first nuclear victim of the recession, but will it be alone?

French nuclear energy company Areva has struggled to expand its portfolio in recent years, as have a number of its competitors. Of all reactors being built by 2015, Areva will be responsible for none, while EDF will only be responsible for one. Asian companies may be gaining market share, but this does not dispel the possibility that this is just the beginning of a downturn in the industry.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Aug 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

Belgium: national energy regulator may be given additional authority in order to protect consumers

The Belgian minister of energy has tried to give the Commission de Regulation de l'Electricite et du Gaz the authority to influence price. Suppliers would have to submit an application to change tariffs, which the regulator would either approve or refuse. Yet with comparable levels of GDP and energy tariffs to its European neighbors does Belgium's energy market really need such radical measures?

Published By Datamonitor
28 Mar 2011
CommentWire
CommentWire

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
CommentWire
CommentWire

Biofuels: production guarantee could allay environmental concerns

The Brazilian government has proposed a scheme whereby it would offer an environmental seal of approval for its biofuel exports. While this is a response to possible punitive measures against current production methods, the certification scheme provides an innovative approach to the biofuels problem, and offers fuel retailers a means of differentiating themselves from their competitors.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Feb 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

British Energy: the suitors line up

French giant EDF looks like the strongest candidate to take on troubled nuclear generator British Energy. Unlike some, EDF is not scared of nuclear power - and could use access to low cost power to support its residential businesses. However, EDF risks being rejected by competition authorities, possibly creating an opportunity for Scottish & Southern.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Aug 2002
Expert View
Expert View

Centrica and EDF strike win-win deal, but one wins more than the other

EDF and Centrica have finally struck a deal concluding the long running sale of British Energy. After months of negotiations it will come as a relief to both parties, but while EDF walks away with GBP2.3 billion and a 51% stake in SPE, the terms that Centrica secured will reap more immediate gains for the former UK incumbent.

Published By Datamonitor
13 May 2009
Expert View
Expert View

Centrica: ever the bridesmaid?

EDF has finally agreed to acquire British Energy, with the promise of a 25% share in the GBP12.5 billion deal for Centrica. The UK government believes that the deal marks significant progress towards securing Britain's future power supply, and by including Centrica, it can claim to have mitigated the negative publicity from effectively placing national energy policy in another government's hands.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Oct 2008

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