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Commodity prices to blame for increased electricity bills

Rising wholesale costs and warnings of an imminent world energy crisis from the UK continue to plague electricity suppliers. As prices continue to rise for the consumer, Datamonitor's Salman Wasti looks at the drivers behind commodity price rises and how they are affecting companies in the energy sector...

Published By Datamonitor
16 Sep 2004
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Powergen: keeping costs consumer based

Powergen has rolled out increased meter reads in East Anglia putting a stop to estimated billing. Datamonitor believes the scheme will result in an increase in metering costs and a fall in call center and billing costs leaving a zero sum gain financially. However Powergen could significantly increase customer satisfaction and customer retention rates.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Sep 2004
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Signs of progress in NWE gas market liberalization

Recent signals from France and Germany suggest a genuine effort is finally being made to push through energy market liberalization. The French gas regulator has reiterated its determination to realize nationwide competition, while in Germany the new Eurohub market starts trading shortly. However, as Datamonitor's Andrew Hill explains, considerable obstacles still need to be overcome...

Published By Datamonitor
28 Sep 2004
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Kyoto protocol: Russian decision gives global green light

The Russian government has recommended that the State Duma ratify the Kyoto Treaty, paving the way for it to come into force in three years' time. The move will aid the country's economic modernization while creating exciting opportunities for EU utilities.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Oct 2004
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UK power: bound for blackouts?

Despite recent murmurs of concern, the chances of a UK blackout caused by insufficient generation capacity are slim. However, the potential causes and risks of such an event are worth considering, as there is considerable uncertainty as to what the consequences of such an eventuality would be.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Oct 2004
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The UK's green energy outlook is still gray

BT has signed the UK's largest green electricity contract with RWE npower and Centrica. The deal represents an important step forward and a strong piece of PR for the environmental lobby. However, as Datamonitor's Alex Solomon explains, recent Datamonitor research indicates that just 15% of industrial and commercial companies have a set target for procuring green energy.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Oct 2004
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Green energy: wind generation is no breeze

For large businesses, building on site wind farms, as Nissan plans to do in Sunderland, could look appealing, but it is important to consider whether the benefits outweigh an often-overlooked catch. Wind turbines are unpredictable, which means more risk and higher prices for energy when the wind is not blowing.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Nov 2004
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Centrica: black gold

Centrica [CNA.L] is apparently worried that it may be over exposed to the gas market, hence the decision to explore coal power options. The best way for the company to reduce this reliance would be to sign an indexed electricity power purchase agreement (PPA) with a coal-fired generator, with Drax, the UK's largest coal plant, the most obvious candidate.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Nov 2004
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Centrica: Drax deal could be perfect fit

Media reports suggest that the UK's largest power station, Drax, could be sold after its owners appointed an investment bank to look into future options for the business. Drax would be a strategically useful addition to Centrica's [CNA.L] portfolio, enabling it to reduce its exposure to the wholesale gas markets.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Nov 2004
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Spanish power venture will be a different shade of green

APPA, the Spanish renewable energy producers association, is to set up a green energy trading company that will exclusively sell power generated by its 250 members. As Datamonitor's Alex Solomon explains, the move is a bold one in the competitive Spanish market, and represents the launch of a business model that has seldom been seen elsewhere.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Dec 2004

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