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British Energy: huge losses announced

British Energy continues to struggle, announcing huge losses due to write-downs. Bankruptcy seems unlikely as this would cause chaos in the power market and so the government appears to have little choice but to continue throwing good money after bad.<BR /><BR />

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jun 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Green energy: a costly business

The UK government wants 10% of the country's electricity to come from renewable resources by 2010. However, electricity utility ScottishPower has warned that customers should expect substantial price rises as a result. Unless energy providers can be sure of long-term government support, renewable energy projects will remain small scale and expensive.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
09 Jun 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK generation: banks power ahead

Some of the UK's largest, and most heavily indebted, power plants are being ceded by their owners to creditor banks, which have asked electricity producer International Power (IP) [IPR] to run them. IP, already one of Britain's largest generators, will now rival British Energy and Powergen for domination in the country's power market.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jul 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

British Energy: crunch time is near

British Energy [BGY.L], the beleaguered power generator, claims to "welcome" the European Commission's inquiry into the GBP5 billion rescue package put together by the UK government. However, the outcome is by no means certain, and the company needs to show that it is committed to getting back on its own feet as quickly as possible.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
01 Aug 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Coalpower: grand designs

Coalpower, the owner of the Hatfield colliery, has ambitious plans to give coal a respectable place in the UK's energy balance. If realized, these plans could go a long way towards helping the UK meet its Kyoto targets. However, there may be strong opposition from the 'green' lobby.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
07 Aug 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Renewable energy: wind resistance

Residents of Bradworthy, Devon, have finally lost their fight to deny planning permission for three wind turbines. The majority of people in the UK favor renewable energy but are not yet ready to put these ideals into practice. The responsibility for changing positive public opinion into positive action lies at the door of both utilities and governments.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Aug 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

International Power: front runner for Drax

Drax, the UK's largest power plant, has been the subject of a fierce bidding war since the previous owner, AES [AES], walked away from the plant in August. International Power [IPR.L] is now set to take a substantial stake in Drax, which would leave it well placed to take advantage of a medium-term recovery in UK power prices.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Sep 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Powergen: hope yet for the UK green market?

Construction on Powergen's newly bought wind farm is expected to start in 2005. The 60 turbine site will eventually meet the annual demand of 140,000 homes. Green power remains dormant in the UK at present and Powergen should look to best practices from abroad to learn how to expand its customer base beyond the green niche.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
05 Sep 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Snet: route to challenge EDF

The sale of a stake in Snet by Charbonnages de France is creating a great deal of interest. Already Gaz de France has been given the go-ahead by the French government to acquire a 30-40% stake, paving the way for a real challenge to EDF's dominance in the energy supply industry.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Sep 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Alstom: surviving on handouts

The bail out agreement between the French government and Alstom [ALS.PA] brings to an end weeks of confrontation between Paris and Brussels over the issue of state aid. However, the deal represents only a stay of execution for Alstom, which must offload businesses if it is to survive.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Sep 2003

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