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CommentWire
CommentWire

Scottish and Southern Energy: carbon costs are no burden to generators

The EU ETS scheme has allocated power utilities with free carbon credits if they generate power through fossil fuels. The scheme is supposed to reduce CO2 emissions by restricting the amount of power that can be generated economically within the allocation limits. However, with generators including the cost of carbon in wholesale power prices, utilities are able to pass on the cost to consumers.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Nov 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

Nuclear power: a return to planning?

A new nuclear power program in the UK will require ten or so plants for economies of scale. However, this may require government intervention and will crowd out investment in other forms of generation to the detriment of customers and plant operators. There is a tension between planned investment and a liberal market and the government does not have the best record of balancing these issues.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Dec 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

Endesa: the lure of the East

AFP reports that Endesa is to buy 85% of Polish electricity generator Elektrownia Dolna Orda from the country's government. This first venture into eastern Europe is somewhat surprising given Endesa's concentrated operations in the western Mediterranean and its involvement in the Gas Natural takeover, but serves to highlight the attractiveness of the east even for players in disparate markets.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Dec 2005
Expert View
Expert View

The winds of change are still too costly for E.ON

E.ON UK has delayed construction on two of its 100MW offshore wind farms, stating the schemes are not financially viable. This is a problem for the company, as it needs renewable power assets to meet its renewables obligation. For offshore wind as a whole this is a major blow, as it suggests that the renewables obligation is not providing enough of a subsidy to cover the economics of new farms.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Dec 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

Vattenfall: UK acquisition strategy must reflect the lessons of history

Vattenfall needs to assess the balance sheet risk of major UK acquisition against the commodity price risk of a pure play generation strategy. It should be mindful of what happened to US utilities that entered the UK power generation market, and then found that the market moved against them.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Dec 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

Poweo: market share ambitions reinforced by Siemens generation venture

Poweo is backing its continued aspirations for greater market share in France with a move into power generation, announcing that its first gas fired station will be built by Siemens. Siemens will doubtless be keen to help finance the deal as a means of garnering a heavy manufacturing order, but one potential cloud on the horizon for both parties is a rise in the price of French gas.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Dec 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy: Russian crisis provides unexpected fillip to nuclear lobby

By actually following through with threats to cut supplies to the Ukraine, Gazprom has helped to highlight some of the reasons for the construction of a new fleet of new nuclear reactors in the UK. The Russian firm's actions could potentially reduce the size of one of its most important future markets.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jan 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

Power generation: King Coal unlikely to regain his crown

Although Siemens and Alstom may believe otherwise, coal-fired generation's current advantage over gas is short-term and will not lead to an extensive program of new build in the US or Europe. High gas prices are punishing gas-fired generators at the moment, but with gas prices expected to ease, generation costs should come back into line.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Jan 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

Italian gas market: Edison plots domestic gas expansion

In light of its recent privatization, Europe's largest power producer, EDF, is seeking to consolidate and expand its dominant position in the group's core Western Mediterranean market. Through key Italian subsidiary, Edison, the French behemoth is wisely attempting to secure independent supplies for Italy's expanding gas-fired generation sector.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jan 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK energy review: let battle commence

The start of the formal UK energy review has prompted energy generation and conservation interests into lobbying for positive outcomes. In the last few days the nuclear lobby, renewable and conservation groups have all ramped up their attempts to have their positions reflected in the 12 week formal review.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Jan 2006

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