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Environmental concerns drive power-generating technology changes

While combined cycle gas turbine plants continue to dominate new electricity generation build, environmental concerns and government policy are having an increasing influence on generating technology development. The majority of technical research at present is focused on environmental considerations; both cleaning up traditional thermal power plants and improving new forms of technology.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Nov 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

Carbon taxation: a flawed response to flawed market mechanisms

Carbon taxation has not figured highly in deliberations over carbon reduction initiatives. Nevertheless, academics - the source of so many governmental policy initiatives - have kept this debate alive. Furthermore, obvious flaws in the current, market-based systems will embolden critics' calls for a tax-based policy.

Published By Datamonitor
10 May 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

Algerian gas: a small step toward gas market liberalization

In its quest to further gas liberalization in Europe, the EU has recently reached an agreement with Algeria on the thorny issues of profit sharing mechanisms and gas resale destination clauses. Given that Algeria supplies around 15% of Europe's natural gas consumption, this represents a small but crucial step towards gas market liberalization.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Aug 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

Shell: increased preparations ahead of 2009 hurricane season

After destructive hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico in recent years, and with insurance both less available and more expensive, Shell Oil has taken a proactive approach to storm preparation for the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season. However, while a hurricane would severely impact US gasoline and natural gas prices, it would have a surprisingly minor effect on the wider oil economy.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Jun 2009
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Copenhagen must be mindful of the implications for network infrastructure

The Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, COP15, will see countries making commitments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, even if no overarching international agreement is reached. Datamonitor encourages delegates at the summit to be mindful of the consequences of carbon abatement and renewable energy targets for their country's utility network infrastructure.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Nov 2009
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Asian power firms look to international markets for growth opportunities

Energy security concerns and business expansion plans are driving Asian power generation companies to venture into international markets. However, various technical, commercial and political risks pose significant challenges to these companies' plans to establish an international footprint.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Nov 2009
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Echelon pushes smart grid processing to the edge

Smart grid specialist Echelon has announced the launch of its Edge Control Node, which utilities can use to process data closer to the point of creation and thus reduce the latency in a centralized data processing architecture. Ovum believes that advanced smart grid functionality such as electric vehicle recharging will be the tipping point that makes edge processing a necessity.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Oct 2010
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Trouble in North Africa threatens Europe's fuel supplies

As revolution sweeps through the Middle East and North Africa, the region's economic stability is increasingly at risk. It took only two days for Libya to descend into full-scale civil war, and Algeria remains on high alert. While the political mayhem is a threat to Europe's post-colonial legacy, Libya and Algeria stand out from the rest due to Europe's dependence on their oil and gas resources.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Feb 2011
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Winning acceptance for dynamic pricing: what utilities must do to succeed

The benefits created by smart metering are considerable, particularly dynamic pricing. Yet the most important element of smart metering - the customer - is little understood and is at risk of being overlooked. Utilities must soon introduce smart metering and the notion of variable pricing to their domestic clients.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Mar 2011
CommentWire
CommentWire

Shell: leaving Nigeria would have even greater repercussions for sustainability

In October 2010, Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell was dropped from the Dow Jones Sustainability Index because of growing concerns over its operations in Nigeria, and the firm has now responded by scrapping its policy of linking executive bonuses to the index. However, it is hard to say how Shell should proceed in Nigeria, as pulling out of the country could mean even worse news for the environment.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Apr 2011

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