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Alstom: super critical technology provides bright spot

Tying up with local player BHEL is the right strategy for Alstom in India. It spreads the Indian power sector's political and market risk with a local company that is well poised to win the major super critical power plant contracts that are on the horizon.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Mar 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Belgium: national energy regulator may be given additional authority in order to protect consumers

The Belgian minister of energy has tried to give the Commission de Regulation de l'Electricite et du Gaz the authority to influence price. Suppliers would have to submit an application to change tariffs, which the regulator would either approve or refuse. Yet with comparable levels of GDP and energy tariffs to its European neighbors does Belgium's energy market really need such radical measures?

Published By Datamonitor
28 Mar 2011
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CommentWire

Belpex: one small leap for European wholesale market development

Europe's largest power exporter, France, has agreed to wholesale power market coupling with its lowland neighbors, Belgium and the Netherlands. Multinational day-ahead trading is scheduled to commence at Belpex later in November. While this represents a forward step towards a single European energy market, it alone will not redress underlying market inefficiencies.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Nov 2006
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CommentWire

British Energy: the suitors line up

French giant EDF looks like the strongest candidate to take on troubled nuclear generator British Energy. Unlike some, EDF is not scared of nuclear power - and could use access to low cost power to support its residential businesses. However, EDF risks being rejected by competition authorities, possibly creating an opportunity for Scottish & Southern.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Aug 2002
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Expert View

Centrica and EDF strike win-win deal, but one wins more than the other

EDF and Centrica have finally struck a deal concluding the long running sale of British Energy. After months of negotiations it will come as a relief to both parties, but while EDF walks away with GBP2.3 billion and a 51% stake in SPE, the terms that Centrica secured will reap more immediate gains for the former UK incumbent.

Published By Datamonitor
13 May 2009
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EDF and GDF still dominate the French retail power market

A report released last week by the French electricity and gas regulator CRE shows that little has changed in the French retail energy market. Six years after the power and gas markets were opened to competition the large incumbent players are monopolizing the relatively small number of customers who do switch.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Mar 2013
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CommentWire

EDF Energy: sponsorship of the London Eye will boost publicity

French-owned UK energy supplier EDF Energy has ended its partnership with the Nectar loyalty scheme, effective as of January 1, 2011. EDF will instead be turning its marketing efforts towards price perception and brand recognition, including a flagship deal to sponsor the London Eye. While sponsorship of a UK attraction by a French company may cause a stir, no publicity is bad publicity.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Jan 2011
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EDF price rises still leave French consumers on a good deal

The French government applied the first of two 5% increases in EDF's regulated domestic electricity prices on August 1, 2013. The second rise will take place in 2014, according to the French energy ministry. Yet despite the increases, French consumers will still be paying among the lowest power tariffs in Europe.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Aug 2013
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EDF to continue international expansion strategy

EDF chairman Pierre Gadonneix has been quoted by the Financial Times as saying that he plans to make further investments outside of the EU in response to European energy market liberalization. Given the market share that EDF is likely to lose in the wake of liberalization, this is a judicious move, particularly because of the firm's leading nuclear capabilities.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Nov 2007
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CommentWire

EdF/Enel: marrying for dual nationality privileges

EdF, the French electricity giant, and Enel, the Italian former monopoly, are discussing a deal that could see the two companies gain a foothold in each other's markets. This would present viable business strategies for two former monopolies faced with an inexorable market share decline at home.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Feb 2003

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