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UK: Milliband's price freeze would cause market turmoil

Addressing the Labour Party Conference in Brighton on September 24, 2013, British opposition leader Ed Milliband made the promise to freeze gas and electricity prices until the start of 2017 if the Labour party wins the 2015 election. Milliband also made the assertion that suppliers "have been overcharging people for too long because of a market that doesn't work."

Published By Datamonitor
25 Sep 2013
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French climate fund to be paid for by conventional thermal and nuclear generators

The French government has announced another move in its transition towards renewable energy: a carbon tax on polluting fuels.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Sep 2013
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First Utility: same day switching would boost churn rates

A campaign launched by First Utility has called on the British power industry to cut the time it takes to switch domestic suppliers from several weeks to one day, claiming it could save customers GBP1.5bn a year by making them feel more comfortable ditching antiquated tariffs. While the forecast savings could be argued up or down, it is not the only benefit that a move like this would bring.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Sep 2013
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Rumors of a British Gas price increase a case of when, not if

Whisperings in the industry media of an imminent price rise from British Gas come as little surprise when factors such as wholesale prices, generation margins, and subsequently retail margins are considered.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Sep 2013
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North-Western European price coupling is key for future energy market integration

European regional day-ahead price coupling is poised to take a major step forward in November 2013 when the Central European block couples with the Nordic and UK markets. Datamonitor expects to see further price convergence and reduced price volatility in the long term, but these effects will be incremental due to the intra-regional coupling that has already taken place.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Aug 2013
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Cuadrilla: Why Datamonitor thinks shale gas merits support

Shale gas has already reduced annual emissions in the US by more than the combined efforts of all renewables, simply by substituting high emissions coal power generation with low emissions gas power generation. The potential exists in the UK to reduce emissions in the same way while lowering gas prices, alleviating fuel poverty, and improving national energy security.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Aug 2013
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Give the Green Deal a chance - Rome wasn't insulated in a day

The DECC's latest monthly update on the Green Deal has revealed that only one project has gone "live" so far. Although this slow start may appear to indicate certain failure for a scheme announced to great fanfare, this is not the statistic we should be paying attention to at this point.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Aug 2013
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One-upmanship continues in the SME market, with SSE the latest to join the fray

SSE has followed British Gas' and npower's lead and ended the practice of automatic rollover contracts for SME customers, as predicted in my previous comment piece "British Gas first to end auto-rollover SME contracts it won't be the last." Although this is generally a good result for customers, it could have some unwanted consequences.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Aug 2013
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EDF price rises still leave French consumers on a good deal

The French government applied the first of two 5% increases in EDF's regulated domestic electricity prices on August 1, 2013. The second rise will take place in 2014, according to the French energy ministry. Yet despite the increases, French consumers will still be paying among the lowest power tariffs in Europe.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Aug 2013
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British Gas considers free electricity in the UK

In Centrica's half yearly presentation CEO Sam Laidlaw has given a tantalizing hint that the group's UK subsidiary British Gas is considering replicating a US scheme offering free power to smart meter-enabled domestic customers.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Aug 2013

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