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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
CommentWire
CommentWire

P&G: one step closer to becoming a zero-waste company

As part of its long-term environmental vision, P&G has announced that its manufacturing facility in Auburn, Maine, is the company's ninth global site to achieve zero-waste-to-landfill status to date. However, P&G's move towards becoming a zero-waste company is unlikely to resonate among consumers, given the equally ambitious environmental targets frequently set by rival FMCG companies.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Dec 2010
Expert View
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
CommentWire
CommentWire

GDF-Suez merger: opportunities for new entrants

The divesture of certain assets by GDF and Suez to appease European Commission conditions for their planned merger is an excellent opportunity for other energy players to augment their gas and electricity portfolios in some of western Europe's key energy markets.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Sep 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

Belgian energy regulator: threatening retail price caps

Having released the results of its investigation into Electrabel's new gas and electricity price changes, Belgian electricity and gas regulator the CREG has made the surprising recommendation that temporary price caps should be considered. The CREG has also requested jurisdictional competence to deal with retail price matters (currently, it only has authority over transportation and distribution).

Published By Datamonitor
20 Aug 2007
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
CommentWire
CommentWire

Lukoil: downstream focus gathers pace

Leading Russian oil producer Lukoil has entered into talks with ConocoPhillips to acquire some 380 filling stations under the Jet brand. This move illustrates the fact that, while the US giant begins a huge divesture program to fund upstream investments, Lukoil is heading downstream with a vengeance.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Dec 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

Lukoil: brand new to western forecourts

Lukoil is keen to continue its charge across the European forecourt retailing sector as displayed by its interest in the soon-to-be-auctioned portfolio of ChevronTexaco forecourt retailing sites in the Benelux countries. With upstream infrastructure already in place, the capture of such a valuable retail network will ensure Lukoil achieves its goal of establishing its brand as a major player.

Published By Datamonitor
11 May 2006
Expert View
Expert View

Ofgem hints at intervention over price spikes but affirmative action still needed

After a long period of inaction by Ofgem over the issue of wholesale price spikes, recent signals have emerged pointing to a possible new, and more vociferous, desire by the regulator to address the issue. However it remains to be seen if this rhetoric will translate into Ofgem finally taking the required assertive course of action.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Feb 2006

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