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Expert View

Winning acceptance for dynamic pricing: what utilities must do to succeed

The benefits created by smart metering are considerable, particularly dynamic pricing. Yet the most important element of smart metering - the customer - is little understood and is at risk of being overlooked. Utilities must soon introduce smart metering and the notion of variable pricing to their domestic clients.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Mar 2011
Expert View
Expert View

Will utilities receive the support to deliver on Copenhagen commitments to electric vehicles?

The Copenhagen Climate Change Conference will likely see some governments commit to electric vehicle deployment. However, Datamonitor questions whether there will be a similar commitment from governments to work with utilities to provide the necessary infrastructure to support widespread deployment of electric vehicles, as without it there could be a delivery network nightmare.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Dec 2009
Expert View
Expert View

Will the early introduction of a UK carbon floor price really create a level playing field?

The prospect of a potential energy supply gap has revived the carbon floor price debate. While the British government has proposed a minimum price under which carbon cannot fall - which would make fossil fuel generation more costly - it is not yet clear whether the floor price is a real commitment to cleaner technology, a much-needed subsidy for nuclear power, or both.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Nov 2010
Expert View
Expert View

Will Obama "change" the fortunes of the US automotive industry?

Following General Motors' admission that its cash reserves are becoming dangerously low, the calls for a bailout of the US automotive industry have become louder. President-elect Obama will be expected to respond to these calls even before he assumes office, as the chances diminish that General Motors and other members of the Detroit-three will emerge from the downturn without assistance.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Nov 2008
Expert View
Expert View

Will Europe follow the US's lead on Chinese solar panel imports?

The US Department of Commerce has found the Chinese government to have been "unfairly" subsidizing its solar panel manufacturing industry, and is imposing punitive tariffs on imports of this technology from the country. It is yet to be seen whether Europe will follow suit.

Published By Datamonitor
22 May 2012
Expert View
Expert View

What will the economic recovery do to smart metering return on investment?

Criticisms of the quality of smart meters in the US and Europe during the first quarter of 2010 could not have come at a worse time. Demand for smart meters will rocket in the next two years, while China, a key manufacturing center, is suffering from labor shortages and the threat of a revaluation of the renminbi, which could lead to soaring future production costs and further threats to quality.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Mar 2010
Expert View
Expert View

What does Doha mean for European utilities?

As nations tiptoe toward a meaningful agreement, unwilling to make sacrifices before others commit, we can look at the Doha climate talks and assess what, if anything, has been achieved. A new Datamonitor report lays out a clear and thorough analysis of climate policies from Kyoto to the recent talks in Doha, and considers what the likely impacts will be for European utilities.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Dec 2012
CommentWire
CommentWire

Water management: risks and opportunities

Water is increasingly becoming a critical business resource, with new estimates suggesting that, by 2030, the volume of the global water market could be a thousand times bigger than that of oil. While the simultaneous fall in water supplies will leave governments and corporations around the world needing to consider their water risk exposure, many business opportunities will also arise.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Aug 2010
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
Expert View
Expert View

Waste not wanted: proactive environmental management in the retail supply chain

Retailers are under growing pressure to cut packaging waste, with around 56% of respondents to a Datamonitor survey saying that packaging has a medium to very high influence on their shopping choices. Looking to capitalize on this feeling, the Designing Out Waste consortium of leading UK retailers is now pushing the government to revise regulation to encourage recycling and reductions in refuse.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jul 2010

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