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UK energy: nuclear option key to supply diversity

With increasing demand for energy, restricted supply, and Kyoto targets on reducing greenhouse gas emissions to meet, the case for building new nuclear plants, once dismissed as a last resort, is rapidly regaining force. The importance of the nuclear role as part of a diverse generation portfolio must not be underestimated.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Sep 2004
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Speculation surrounds ScottishPower

Having now agreed the sale of PacifiCorp, ScottishPower has removed its underperforming asset and made itself a more attractive takeover proposition. The leading contenders, SSE and E.ON, would add significant market share in retail and generation assets. However, as Datamonitor's Salman Wasti explains, such a development would undoubtedly raise competition issues with the regulator.

Published By Datamonitor
27 May 2005
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CommentWire

G8 energy: all for none?

At the G8 summit in Russia, leaders once again demonstrated that these events are merely a meeting of minds, not a mechanism to create aligned policy. There was little unanimity on nuclear and it is clear that Russia, as a net exporter of gas, has different priorities.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Jul 2006
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Environmental concerns drive power-generating technology changes

While combined cycle gas turbine plants continue to dominate new electricity generation build, environmental concerns and government policy are having an increasing influence on generating technology development. The majority of technical research at present is focused on environmental considerations; both cleaning up traditional thermal power plants and improving new forms of technology.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Nov 2006
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EDF's nuclear internationalization plans likely to succeed

EDF's plans to invest and partner in new build nuclear capacity projects around the world are a judicious move given its status as one of the world's leading nuclear power players. However, the attractions and prospects in its four target markets vary considerably.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Mar 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

Nuclear power: labor shortages loom

Nuclear power is trumpeted as a solution to both security of supply and global warming concerns. Ten EU countries are currently constructing new plants or have announced plans for new build. The significant capacity expansion that is envisaged will, however, meet a major roadblock in the availability of nuclear engineers.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Mar 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

European energy: falling behind US in securing supplies

Securing energy supplies has been the focus of recent political summits, including the March 2007 meeting of EU heads of state. Nevertheless, while the US government has prompted the first boom in nuclear plant build for nearly 30 years, the EU is yet to establish such a framework. In addition, while only 20% of US gas is imported, EU gas imports are set to pass the 50% mark for the first time.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Apr 2007
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CommentWire

Tesco: hoping US consumers give it the 'green' light

Tesco, the UK's largest retailer, has announced that its 2007 entry into the US market will focus heavily on 'green' and ethical issues. Tesco is taking advantage of growing environmental awareness among US consumers, and hopes to position itself as a truly 'green' grocer, complete with eco-friendly stores, trans fat-free foods and even a new green coloured logo, designed specifically for the US.

Published By Datamonitor
02 May 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

Iberdrola: continuing international expansion in wind power

Reduced M&A opportunities in Europe have put international expansion back on the agendas of leading European utilities. For Iberdrola, this expansion is increasingly focused on buying and building new wind power capacity, with a recent focus on the US market. Expansion into this region should bode well for Iberdrola, and bolster its first mover advantage as a global wind player.

Published By Datamonitor
09 May 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

Carbon taxation: a flawed response to flawed market mechanisms

Carbon taxation has not figured highly in deliberations over carbon reduction initiatives. Nevertheless, academics - the source of so many governmental policy initiatives - have kept this debate alive. Furthermore, obvious flaws in the current, market-based systems will embolden critics' calls for a tax-based policy.

Published By Datamonitor
10 May 2007

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