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UK onshore wind faces uncertain future

Onshore wind farms are falling out of favor with the British public, and the Conservative Party has pledged to stop subsidies if it wins the next general election.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Apr 2014
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UK's RHI is a win-win policy

The UK's Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is one of the most important emissions reductions policies ever to be implemented. It will have a positive impact on the UK economy, and other countries are likely to follow suit.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Apr 2014
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Should British Gas be broken up?

UK Energy Secretary Ed Davey has brought retail gas suppliers' profit margins in the domestic market back into the spotlight, with an open letter to Ofgem urging it to "think radically." Powers to break up any company found to have a monopoly could be bestowed upon the energy regulator, but what consequences would this have for the market share leader British Gas and the rest of the Big Six?

Published By Datamonitor
10 Feb 2014
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EU emissions reduction targets still too low

New guidelines for emissions reductions across the EU have been applauded for their simplicity, but criticized by climate bodies for their short-sightedness.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Jan 2014
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Gas-fired generation profit outlook provides little hope for European utilities

Datamonitor Energy's review of generation costs and wholesale power price expectations to 2020 highlights the challenges facing European utilities. In light of this, RWE's recent impairment announcement of EUR3.3bn is likely to herald similar moves by other utilities with exposure to conventional generation.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Jan 2014
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White label energy suppliers cannot hide the issues at their partner companies

In a recent Which? customer satisfaction survey, Sainsbury's Energy and M&S Energy both experienced decreasing customer scores year-on-year, broadly in line with the performances of the energy suppliers they partner with (British Gas and SSE respectively). This suggests that customer experiences have been similar, but something is keeping the scores higher for the white label partners.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jan 2014
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First Utility most improved energy supplier

According to the 2014 Which? Switch Energy Satisfaction Survey, First Utility has improved its residential customer rating score by eight percentage points compared to the previous year. Only one other supplier, Ecotricity, has been able to make an improvement.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jan 2014
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Spike in UK customer complaints may be on the way

Fluctuating tariff rates mean added pressure on suppliers' IT systems, with consumers ever ready to pounce on the complaint bandwagon.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jan 2014
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China acts to rebalance solar PV market

Many Chinese solar manufacturers are set to suffer a slow demise as government support is slashed.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Jan 2014
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UK boosts support for offshore wind

The recent revision of the Contracts for Difference (CFD) draft strike prices will provide a welcome boost to the UK's offshore wind industry. However, this will be at the expense of onshore wind; fluctuating political opinion needs to be taken out of the equation in order for real progress to be made.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Dec 2013

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