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CommentWire
CommentWire

US energy: solar initiatives threatened by White House dissonance

Even as the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico continues to threaten Obama's green initiatives, the US president now faces a further challenge after it emerged that government mortgage agencies have moved to stop his $150m solar stimulus program. Having made it to the White House partly on the back of promises to revolutionize US energy, Obama now faces a dilemma in ushering in new legislation.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Jul 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

US energy: gas may be natural step forward but political hurdles remain

The explosion of BP's drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico and the subsequent environmental disaster has thrown the potential benefits of natural gas into stark relief. Indeed, there is much evidence that natural gas would be the ideal source of energy for the US. However, political conflicts mean that the mainstream use of natural gas is far from certain.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jun 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

Uranium: paying tomorrow's prices today

The price for the nuclear fuel uranium has grown from about $43 per pound in July 2010 to around $70. Whereas in the past prices tended to be mostly driven by speculation and questions over supply, the recent development is also the result of countries around the world planning heavy investment in new nuclear power. This trend raises questions over the financial viability of the resource.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Feb 2011
Expert View
Expert View

Unpredictable tariffs threaten the progress of renewable energy technologies in the UK

2011 was a record year for investment in renewable energy technologies, but with recent changes to tariff levels in the UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Poland throwing doubt on governments' commitment to subsidizing the sector, European investment in renewable energy stalled in Q1 of 2012.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Apr 2012
Expert View
Expert View

United Utilities renewables deal likely to be the first of many

The recent deal under which United Utilities sold its 73MW of renewables capacity to Novera Energy and Macquarie Bank is likely to be followed by further sales of renewables capacity as electricity suppliers grapple with the growing demands of the UK Renewables Obligation. New research by Datamonitor highlights the fact that some players need to buy renewables capacity more than others.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Dec 2004
Expert View
Expert View

Uncertainty around Renewables Obligation Certificates halting investment in biomass

Drax wants support for dedicated and co-firing biomass to increase following the Renewables Obligation Certificate banding review, but given the tangled web of support options, the UK government must take care to achieve the overall goal of lowering emissions at the least possible cost by the most efficient means. Furthermore, biomass has its own issues and controversies to be considered.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Sep 2011
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK: SSE's move designed to counter political rhetoric on breaking up the electricity market

SSE's decision to gradually increase buying and selling its power on the day-ahead market signals the company's attempt to counter and pre-empt growing pressure from consumers and politicians. This follows government and opposition politicians using the recent conference season to express frustration with the "bloated oligopoly" and the "stranglehold" of the Big Six energy suppliers.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Oct 2011
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK: solar feed-in tariff cuts could have a negative impact in the long term

The UK government has slashed large-scale solar photovoltaic feed-in tariffs, while at the same time opting to increase anaerobic digestion tariffs. Commentators agree that this decision could prove to be problematic, as it might have the adverse effect of slowing down the development of new industry.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Jun 2011
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK: over-legislation is likely to affect energy market integrity

The recently released green manifesto from the UK Labour Party has drawn attention to the current state of the energy sector and pledges that, should Ofgem's 'reform' not show the unspecified results it desires, the government will intercede in the market further. If this happens, it is possible that the market could be damaged rather than improved.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Apr 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK: nuclear future remains in doubt

Recently there has been a stream of news items that paint a negative picture of UK nuclear new builds. For example, the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee believes that the UK government does not have a credible plan to deliver the proposed UK nuclear future. Therefore, it will not be surprising if some of the eight proposed nuclear new builds do not go ahead.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Dec 2011

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