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UK energy markets facing a crisis of confidence due to fundamental misconceptions

Ofgem and the UK government are increasingly calling for suppliers to offer consumers more competitive prices, with Ofgem threatening a Competition Commission referral and ministers demanding 'lower' and 'fairer' bills. However, the gulf between policymakers and industry is further evidence that the UK's energy problems rest on the inability to agree on what is expected of a 'competitive' market.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Jan 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK electricity generation: new companies will re-invigorate competition

Dong, Vattenfall and ESB, three well-known European utilities, have recently announced plans to invest in the UK generation sector, as a potential precursor to becoming retail suppliers in the country. With the soon to be confirmed acquisition of British Energy by EDF, this should help to re-invigorate the wholesale power market in the country.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Dec 2008
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Tymoshenko's paper tiger

On October 3, Ukraine and Russia signed a Memorandum of Understanding under which price increases for gas imports will be spread over three years. Although Kiev appears to have secured supply at a manageable cost, lack of detail in the agreement and turmoil in Ukrainian politics suggests the deal will have little impact in the long run.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Oct 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

Turkmenistan: emerging as a strong gas partner for the EU

In an attempt to establish itself as an exporter to the EU, Turkmenistan has announced plans to provide some of its 40bcm annual surplus of natural gas to the Nabucco pipeline project. Although this will allow the country to diversify its export markets, it will face numerous challenges to selling its gas to the EU, as it will have to bypass the two major players in the region, Iran and Russia.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Dec 2010
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Trouble in North Africa threatens Europe's fuel supplies

As revolution sweeps through the Middle East and North Africa, the region's economic stability is increasingly at risk. It took only two days for Libya to descend into full-scale civil war, and Algeria remains on high alert. While the political mayhem is a threat to Europe's post-colonial legacy, Libya and Algeria stand out from the rest due to Europe's dependence on their oil and gas resources.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Feb 2011
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The regulatory effects of Russia and Ukraine's 'gas war' are emerging

Fear of another disruption to Russian gas supplies continues to stalk EU policy makers, despite Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko's insistence that her country has sufficient funds to meet monthly gas payments to Russia. This has made possible the passage of a new EU regulation demanding that states can meet 60 days of peak demand for gas, but seamless cross-border trade is the next step.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Aug 2009
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The ETS is failing temporarily

EU lawmakers recently backed a plan to "backload" emissions allowances, temporarily restricting supply with the intention of raising the price of carbon and aiding the transition to cleaner energy. However, carbon prices fell after the announcement of the temporary measures, while more permanent measures remain elusive.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Feb 2013
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The auctioning of carbon allowances is a long-awaited and much-needed feature of the EU ETS

Phase I of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme delivered increased electricity prices, sub-optimal carbon abatement and windfall profits for power generators. The potential for more abuse of the mechanism is extremely high in phase II. However, relief is expected in the form of European carbon allowance auctions.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Jul 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

RWE npower: rollercoaster ride for customers

RWE npower has launched a tariff that allows domestic customers to track prices against the wholesale market. The 12-month pilot introduces an element of risk and reward for those wanting to take a gamble on the energy market. In theory, it allows customers to keep close to the underlying cost of energy, but improving operational efficiencies in regular price changes could work out just as well.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Jan 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

Russia and Belarus: spat re-emphasizes need for long-term gas supply solution in EU

The EU has frequently experienced cuts in gas supplies due to conflicts between Russia and its neighbors, the latest of which being a disagreement with Belarus. Europe's almost unavoidable dependence on Russia for its gas supply highlights the need for the EU to work with Russia and transit countries in establishing a framework that will ensure an uninterrupted supply of gas.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jul 2010

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