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Winter gas & power will still prove costly for UK business

Falling wholesale energy prices have had significant column inches recently, with UK regulator Ofgem threatening to "go after" domestic retailers caught with profit-laden "jam on their fingers." While households may enjoy a welcome fall in energy bills in the New Year, British industry faces the more immediate prospect of another winter of discontent in the volatile spot and near curve markets.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Sep 2006
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Wingas right to question the competitiveness of long-term contracts

Germany's Wingas has questioned the paradoxical practice of moving to a liberalized energy market but still allowing suppliers to maintain long-term contracts. Wingas' objection is justified as the context of such long-term contractual arrangements has moved on and, as Datamonitor's Salman Wasti argues, other, less anti-competitive options are available.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jul 2005
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What to expect when the Czech Republic assumes the EU presidency

In less than eight weeks time the Czech Republic will assume the rotating EU presidency, replacing France. Six months after that, the position will shift again to Sweden. Whereas the French and Swedish objectives relating to environment and energy respectively are quite ambitious, the Czech presidency will have limited aspirations.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Nov 2008
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Western oil majors are feeling the pinch from national companies

As recent figures indicate, major Western oil companies such as Royal Dutch Shell, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, and TOTAL are increasingly losing ground to a new breed of competitors. With many of the most lucrative hydrocarbon reserves situated in emerging nations and jealously guarded by national oil and gas companies, could this signal the end for Western domination of the oil industry?

Published By Datamonitor
31 Jan 2011
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Weak US gas market will further dampen UK wholesale prices

Although gas prices are currently low across the Atlantic Basin, they are even lower in the US, which is diverting LNG towards Europe and further depressing wholesale prices. As these low prices are against a backdrop of Russia's over-supply to Europe and continuing weak demand in the UK, prices are expected to remain below seasonal averages during winter 2009.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Sep 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

Water Disclosure Project launch: managing the energy-water nexus is vital

Backed by 137 institutional investors representing $16 trillion in assets, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has launched a new program designed to assess the risks and opportunities associated with the water consumption of the world's 500 largest companies. As 90% of global freshwater is used for food and energy production, utilities need to proactively manage water as a core asset.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Nov 2010
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Vietnam's energy industry is luring foreign investment

In the past month, Vietnam has experienced an extraordinary raft of investment in major energy projects. The government has in recent years been very open to foreign capital and has already developed a strong banking sector. Now it is the turn of the energy companies and Vietnam is managing this new market very effectively, both in terms of sustainability and investment.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Nov 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

Utilities continue to move upstream to secure supplies

Although gas prices have slumped and Europe is facing a supply glut, energy firms remain intent on securing supplies and hedging wholesale price risks by boosting their hydrocarbon reserves. Utilities are continuing their dash for upstream assets as the steep scaling back in oil and gas investments caused by the downturn could potentially lead to supply shortfalls once economic growth recovers.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Dec 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

US: the EPA and DOE escape dilution by Republicans... for now

Many expected the Democrat-run House of Representatives and Republican-run Senate to fail to reach an agreement on a new federal budget, effectively putting the White House out of business. In the end, a last-minute budget was decided that managed to avert several environmental riders that the Republicans were after, but this does not spell the end of the fight over Obama's green policy vehicles.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Apr 2011
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US suspension of offshore activities could cause energy supply shortage

The US has suspended offshore oil and gas exploration and production following the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. While the decision will please environmentalists, it will threaten the country's recovery from recession given the probability of job losses, higher oil prices and security of supply problems that, in the short term at least, will have to be resolved with imports or renewables.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jun 2010

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