Latest Intelligence on Utilities Networks in Germany

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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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E.ON pre-empts EC mandated unbundling

E.ON, the largest investor-owned utility in Europe, is to voluntarily divest its electricity transmission network assets. However, E.ON's decision is based more on shrewd pragmatism than on an embrace of European Commission competition policy. Indeed, E.ON hopes that by giving up its power network business it will be better positioned to hold on to its gas networks.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Mar 2008
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E.ON: one step closer to selling domestic regional suppliers

German energy giant E.ON has agreed on a sale price of E2.9 billion for Thuga, its holding company with minority stakes in 90 municipal energy suppliers across Germany. The move, which is in line with the recent trend of utilities consolidating asset holdings and reducing debt spurred by EC antitrust concerns, is a sensible one, and could leave E.ON free to consolidate its position in new markets.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Aug 2009
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EnBW: the future's Yello

The murky issue of negotiated third party access in Germany's electricity market suits EnBW [EBK.F] and major backer EdF, but not EnBW's residential supply start-up Yello. Network unbundling, and consequent competition, will change this however. When that happens, EnBW would be well advised not to stick to a purely incumbent strategy, such as that pursued by EDF Energy in the UK.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Dec 2004
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EU energy market reforms meet mixed response

The EU has unveiled the third tranche of its liberalization package aimed at overhauling the European energy sector. The reforms focus on the setup of state-owned utilities and reiterate the EU's plans to enforce network unbundling. However, while anxious energy giants have been vocal in their opposition to the reforms, dissatisfied reformers are accusing the EU of not going far enough.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Sep 2007
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European NAPs: self-interest rules at present

Several German utilities have drafted an open letter to the country's government complaining about the national allocation plan for the second phase of the EU ETS. With over a quarter of carbon allocations for the second phase and a strong Green Party, Germany has to lead on the issue of the ETS, not drag its feet and complain about the costs.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Dec 2006
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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
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Gazprom's search for partners heralds oil and gas majors' second push into utilities

Russia's natural gas giant Gazprom has recently had talks with German multi-utility RWE about joint projects in the generation and marketing of electricity. As Datamonitor's Mikhail Masokin explains, this represents a renewed effort by major oil and gas producers to add a utility dimension to their business strategies.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Mar 2005
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German energy policy meets further resistance

As the German energy regulator initiates liberalization policies, it is not only coming up against resistance from energy companies keen on maintaining the status quo, such as Vattenfall, but also has to deal with a government policy that runs counter to deregulation.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Oct 2006
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German grid access: tariff reforms should enhance competition

The German government is seeking to reform the gas and electricity grid access tariff structure in Germany by replacing the present cost-based approach with an incentive-based scheme. The new system, which is expected to be introduced in two years, would be based on the network operator's revenues, and would greatly improve the competitive landscape in Europe's largest energy market.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Jun 2007

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