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A fully competitive European energy market may remain a Brussels pipedream

The liberalization of the European energy market has advanced only slowly over the past eight years. One month on from the latest directive deadline, Datamonitor's Salman Wasti reviews how uncertainty over the EU constitutions could create a new barrier to progress...

Published By Datamonitor
29 Jul 2004
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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
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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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Asset unbundling: utilities seek to prolong the status quo

Several German utilities have reportedly put forward proposals to merge their networks with those of foreign competitors as an alternative to divesting these operations. This shows that vertically integrated utilities are changing their recusant stance towards the European Commission's proposal of strict asset unbundling, in an effort to mitigate the proposals and preserve network ownership.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Mar 2007
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Australia: enthusiastic uptake of solar power leads to cuts in state feed-in tariffs

Residential solar power installations in New South Wales reached 52MW by mid-2010, prompting the state government to reduce its generous feed-in tariff. While this is a blow to property owners hoping to invest in renewable energy, it is also a natural part of any feed-in tariff scheme. Still, to maximize its solar resources, Australia must find ways to build on consumer interest in micro-schemes.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Nov 2010
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Baltic energy policy mirrors wider EU trends

Polish environment minister Maciej Nowicki has announced that Warsaw will invest PLN5 billion ($1.55 billion) over the next few years to meet its renewables target as part of the European Union's strategy to combat global warming. Poland's energy situation reflects the conundrum within which much of Europe finds itself, and provides an interesting microcosm to consider wider issues.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jun 2009
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Beauly-Denny power line: controversy highlights flaws in legislative decision process

Despite the Scottish government greenlighting the construction of the GBP350m Beauly-Denny power line, a judicial appeal remains a possibility. As little advantage would be gained from prolonging the debate, both opposition and supporters should focus on sum-positive solutions that unlock the benefits and opportunities of this new power line.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jan 2010
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Belgian exchange could be missing link for Benelux energy market

A power bourse is being established in Belgium. As Datamonitor's Mikhail Masokin explains, after its launch in the second half of 2005, the exchange will provide a missing link in the emerging single energy market in Benelux and, eventually, across the key North-Western region of continental Europe.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Nov 2004
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Belgian utilities: menage a trois?

SPE has reportedly chosen GDF and Centrica as its favored partners, and may decide to enter into exclusive negotiations with one of them. If it did, GDF would seem to have the edge because of the wholesale synergies the new partnership would have, but Centrica's possession of a retail customer base (through Luminus) suggests that a three-way partnership would be best after all.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Feb 2005
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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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