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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
CommentWire
CommentWire

Topaz: re-branding will create opportunities for the future

Irish energy giant Topaz is currently re-branding all of its service stations and has plans to radically expand its business. Given that this will bring investment in areas such category managers, inventories and supply chain strategy, and the fact that the Topaz brand is less recognizable than fuel retailers such as Shell, Topaz is well placed to expand into standalone convenience retail outlets.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Feb 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

SSE: looking to grow presence in Ireland

Scottish & Southern Energy is reported to be in the process of lining up a bid for Energia. The UK energy supplier already has a small presence in Ireland, and an acquisition would be a much easier way of gaining market share than organic growth. However, rumors are also circulating that Vattenfall could be interested in acquiring Scottish & Southern Energy.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Jul 2008
Expert View
Expert View

SSE to enter Irish energy market

Scottish and Southern Energy's decision to enter the Irish gas and power markets is a judicious move given currently prevailing market dynamics and the recent emergence of the Irish Single Electricity Market. With its attractions as a market, other UK based players should give serious consideration to following SSE's lead.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Nov 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

Small fuel retailers: filling the gaps

Irish energy company Petrogas intends to increase the number of service stations that it owns in the UK. This move, which makes good business sense, should be considered as a reflection of the lucrative opportunities that are available for smaller fuel retailers as the traditional oil companies sell their non-core sites.

Published By Datamonitor
19 May 2008
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CommentWire

Shell: Irish forecourt exit reflects wider European exodus

Intensifying competition in the Irish fuel retailing market has seemingly prompted Shell to announce its departure from the country, hot on the heels of its exit from several other European markets. With Shell apparently set to focus its future downstream operation on emerging Asian markets, a trend could yet emerge whereby the oil majors quit Europe's forecourts altogether.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jul 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

Irish power: further push towards open, all-island market

Ireland has finally decided to do away with its cumbersome system of virtual power plant auctions and revenue regulation, by requiring the state-owned incumbent, ESB, to sell off many of its generation assets. Furthermore, Irish regulators have announced that no one market participant will be allowed to own over 40% of Irish generation capacity.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Apr 2007
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Expert View

Irish power market development continues, despite lack of ESB break up

With relatively robust regulatory polices and demand growth, the Irish power market has future developmental prospects not enjoyed by a number of markets elsewhere in Europe. Recent developments further highlight how the Irish power market remains a market to watch, although the decision not to break up former power monopolist ESB will curtail the development of true competitive intensity.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Oct 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

Irish energy: wind in its sails?

On the back of a recent expansion of wind power in the Irish Republic, the government has announced an increased renewables target of 15% of total generated output by 2010. The increase is supported by the recently-announced renewable energy feed-in tariff (REFIT) program, but this method of financial support raises more questions than answers over the economics of Irish green power.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Aug 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

Irish energy: retail competition depends on wholesale opening

The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) argues that the Irish market is too small to cater for new entrants' needs. This stems from insufficient independent power production (IPP) and a lack of capacity created through virtual-IPP auctions. As Ireland needs a competitive wholesale environment to stimulate retail competition, ESRI has identified the right problem.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Sep 2005

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