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2030 decarbonization target narrowly defeated

The UK government's Energy Bill passed its third reading on June 4, 2013, and will proceed to the House of Lords without the inclusion of a divisive decarbonization target.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Jun 2013
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A Climate Change Levy exemption for nuclear in the UK is both problematic and unlikely

Despite repeated claims from the government that there will be no subsidy for nuclear power in the UK, stakeholder demands for other forms of assistance are growing increasingly common. The possibility of an exemption for nuclear power under the Climate Change Levy framework has been proposed, yet such proposals are unworkable, as they would necessitate huge structural changes to the levy scheme.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Dec 2009
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A crisis in the UK EMR

The UK EMR's tripartite goal of achieving energy security, carbon reduction, and cost minimization is untenable. The government's pretense that it is maintaining a competitive market environment while actually pursuing a highly interventionist policy means that there will be a crisis in UK energy policy - unless the government convinces the public that carbon reduction is worth the cost.

Published By Datamonitor
09 May 2013
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A windfall tax on the UK energy industry is unlikely to prove beneficial

Upward pressures on UK wholesale gas and power prices are being driven by strained supply and demand fundamentals. Imposing a windfall tax on the UK energy industry is unlikely to resolve this issue whereas increased incentives for energy investment in UK gas storage facilities would go some way towards achieving that aim.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Sep 2008
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Adjudication on Good Energy: was the Advertising Standards Authority overzealous?

In a recent ruling, the Advertising Standards Authority concluded that Good Energy wrongly implied the direct supply of green electricity to its consumers, while in an unconnected claim Jersey Electricity successfully argued that it imported electricity only from EDF in France. Both rulings seem to point in different directions as to the regulator's opinion of direct supply of power to consumers.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Mar 2011
CommentWire
CommentWire

AEP/Seeboard: EDF the favorite, but it's a tough field

EDF is clear favorite to acquire the utility, which would give it control of much of the electricity customer base in the affluent south of England. It would also gain the last realistic opportunity to gain customers through acquisition in UK electricity. However, rivals such as Scottish & Southern, RWE and E.ON are likely to put up a serious fight.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Feb 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

AEP: staying in the UK, albeit with foreign coal

Low wholesale power prices are adversely affecting the UK coal industry; having ruled out further investment, AEP is now searching for other ways to reduce costs. With imported coal cheaper than that from the UK, increasing imports seems inevitable. Although this is bad news for UK coal, it does at least confirm AEP's commitment to stay in the UK power and coal markets.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Oct 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Aggreko: World Cup confirms the power of rental

Aggreko continues to impress as a company on the up: its rising share price over the last five years bears testament to the success of the organization. As power demand increases across the world, often in geographically remote locations, concerns over security supply issues remain, and rental power companies look set to stay successful. <BR />

Published By Datamonitor
12 Jun 2002
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AIG rescue news raises new questions for the market

The welcome news that AIG is to be bailed out by the Federal Reserve Bank through an $85 billion loan seems to have calmed fears in the markets, despite questions over whether this injection will be sufficient to stabilize the ailing insurer. For now, however, it seems that while the Fed was prepared to let Lehman file for bankruptcy, the demise of AIG was too much for it to bear.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Sep 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

Alkane Energy: expansion offers wholesale competition prospects

Renewable power specialist Alkane Energy is to expand its capacity from 20MW to 50MW in the UK. Third party generation is critical to competition in the wholesale and retail markets, encouraging the expansion of suppliers which may not necessarily be able to invest in upstream assets.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Apr 2009

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