Latest Intelligence on Utilities Networks in France

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CommentWire
CommentWire

Snet: route to challenge EDF

The sale of a stake in Snet by Charbonnages de France is creating a great deal of interest. Already Gaz de France has been given the go-ahead by the French government to acquire a 30-40% stake, paving the way for a real challenge to EDF's dominance in the energy supply industry.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Sep 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Italian electricity: calls for protectionism on the rise

After Sweden and Denmark's power cut last week, some observers highlighted the growing call for state protectionism to safeguard home markets. With Italy's accusations focused on France and Switzerland, where the power failure originated, the call for self-sufficiency and national protectionism will grow.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Oct 2003
Expert View
Expert View

Signs of progress in NWE gas market liberalization

Recent signals from France and Germany suggest a genuine effort is finally being made to push through energy market liberalization. The French gas regulator has reiterated its determination to realize nationwide competition, while in Germany the new Eurohub market starts trading shortly. However, as Datamonitor's Andrew Hill explains, considerable obstacles still need to be overcome...

Published By Datamonitor
28 Sep 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

French utilities: going, going, gone?

Shares in three of France's major energy companies will soon be up for sale. GDF and Areva should not be hard to sell, but EDF poses more problems, with concerns over the funding of nuclear decommissioning a major worry. However, there are clear benefits to be had from the move in terms of bolstering competition, even if EDF is some way from losing its established dominance.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Feb 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

EDF: negotiations preserve closed shop

Electricite de France (EDF) has proposed concessions to Italian state energy company Enel designed to aid the lifting of the 2% cap on its voting rights in Italian generator Edison. EDF has proposed a series of options to Enel to resolve the dispute, however, this type of bargaining process for access rights only serves to emphasize the continued fragmentary nature of the EU power market.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Feb 2005
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

European energy: German non-residential market easy leader

Published By Datamonitor
08 Apr 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

EDF: LNG trade shows embracing risk is far from reckless

The London-based trading arm of French electricity giant EDF has recently booked capacity at a regasification terminal in France for 2007. This small but significant move indicates that the firm is coming to terms with the need to compete in an increasingly open energy sector, where spot commodity trading will play a vital role.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jul 2006
CommentWire
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
CommentWire
CommentWire

European power market: absence of regulator could impede progress

France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg have signed an agreement to integrate their electricity transmission systems. This deal is being hailed by some as the first step towards a fully integrated European wholesale market. However, the lack of an independent, comprehensive regulator may slow movement towards this goal, and towards facilitating cross-border trade.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Jun 2007
Expert View
Expert View

Success of GDF-Suez merger may be limited by their financial differences

The merger of French giants GDF and Suez will create a new company that is placed squarely among the top echelon of energy utilities worldwide, with a combined market capitalization of E90 billion. However, while the merger may have many benefits, the firm's dissimilar financial positions, and the forced divesture of important assets, may raise numerous questions about the rationality of the deal.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Sep 2007

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