Latest Intelligence on Energy and Utilities in France

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France strengthens profile in South Africa with GDF Suez deal

GDF Suez has been awarded a EUR1.5bn contract to build new conventional thermal electricity capacity in South Africa. This outcome is partly due to France's aggressive stance concerning its domestic industrial interests abroad, and bodes very well for future South African transport, infrastructure, and nuclear development contracts to be awarded to French companies.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Oct 2013
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GDF Suez's onshore wind investment under siege

The French onshore wind sector is experiencing significant turbulence, with clarification on government support lacking, and court decisions in favor of NIMBY complainants. The uncertainty has seen new investment in onshore wind dry up until clarity on ongoing support is provided.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Oct 2013
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French climate fund to be paid for by conventional thermal and nuclear generators

The French government has announced another move in its transition towards renewable energy: a carbon tax on polluting fuels.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Sep 2013
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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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French blackout fears mirror those in the UK

France's national transmission operator RTE has underlined heightened risks to electricity security in 2016, echoing similar fears expressed across the channel by UK energy regulator Ofgem for 2015-16.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Jul 2013
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Lower outlook for French transport power demand

Slower than anticipated uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) in France has led to a downward revision in forecast transport power demand in Datamonitor's updated 2030 outlook.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Jun 2013
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Eni takes on GDF Suez in French retail gas

GDF Suez still dominates the French retail gas market but will have to work harder to retain its residential customers, faced with competition from Eni among others.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Apr 2013
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French thermal generation capacity closures gather pace

E.ON France and GDF Suez are closing oil and gas powered generation plants in France. Gas generation suffers from narrow spark spreads, lower load factors due to competition from renewables, and reduced demand. Although coal remains the cheaper fuel source, it too faces growing exposure to the price of carbon and environmental legislation.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Apr 2013
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UK joins non-binding EU agreement to support nuclear

The UK and 11 other EU countries have signaled their support for nuclear generation. Datamonitor expects benefits from such "soft" agreements to be long-term and to include easier access to funding and R&D sharing. In the short term, the UK government's new carbon price floor will make low-carbon generation, including nuclear, more attractive.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Mar 2013
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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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