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Big Six will double profits - but politics is to blame

The UK's Big Six energy suppliers will double their profits over the next 12 months according to Ofgem's recent Supply Market Indicator report. The primary reason for this is a drop in wholesale gas prices.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Aug 2014
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UK smart meters will soon be indispensable

The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced that 98,600 smart meters were installed in households in the first quarter of 2014, a marginal increase from the 95,300 installed in Q4 2013. It is likely that we will see more than 100,000 installations in the second quarter of 2014 to take the total number of smart meters in UK domestic properties to approximately 450,000.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jul 2014
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Smart energy: putting consumers first

A growing number of governments around the world are trying to create more transparent, efficient, and competitive energy markets. Smart meters will be key to this transition.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jul 2014
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Centrica to sell large gas-fired power plants

Growing renewable energy generation is making it unprofitable to operate large conventional power plants, forcing Europe's energy utilities to adapt amid mounting profit warnings.

Published By Datamonitor
13 May 2014
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UK onshore wind faces uncertain future

Onshore wind farms are falling out of favor with the British public, and the Conservative Party has pledged to stop subsidies if it wins the next general election.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Apr 2014
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UK's RHI is a win-win policy

The UK's Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is one of the most important emissions reductions policies ever to be implemented. It will have a positive impact on the UK economy, and other countries are likely to follow suit.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Apr 2014
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Should British Gas be broken up?

UK Energy Secretary Ed Davey has brought retail gas suppliers' profit margins in the domestic market back into the spotlight, with an open letter to Ofgem urging it to "think radically." Powers to break up any company found to have a monopoly could be bestowed upon the energy regulator, but what consequences would this have for the market share leader British Gas and the rest of the Big Six?

Published By Datamonitor
10 Feb 2014
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First Utility most improved energy supplier

According to the 2014 Which? Switch Energy Satisfaction Survey, First Utility has improved its residential customer rating score by eight percentage points compared to the previous year. Only one other supplier, Ecotricity, has been able to make an improvement.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jan 2014
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White label energy suppliers cannot hide the issues at their partner companies

In a recent Which? customer satisfaction survey, Sainsbury's Energy and M&S Energy both experienced decreasing customer scores year-on-year, broadly in line with the performances of the energy suppliers they partner with (British Gas and SSE respectively). This suggests that customer experiences have been similar, but something is keeping the scores higher for the white label partners.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jan 2014
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Spike in UK customer complaints may be on the way

Fluctuating tariff rates mean added pressure on suppliers' IT systems, with consumers ever ready to pounce on the complaint bandwagon.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jan 2014

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