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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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The Utility Warehouse: helping npower manage retail market reform

npower CEO Paul Massara has said the sale of 770,000 electricity and gas accounts to The Utility Warehouse is "good for competition and good for consumer choice," but has anything really changed?

Published By Datamonitor
21 Nov 2013
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Centrica doubts offshore wind profitability

Centrica's potential withdrawal from the 580MW Race Bank project off the Norfolk coast could be the start of a protracted slow-down in investment in the UK's offshore wind industry, unless the support structure changes.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Nov 2013
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Spanish power analyzer forecast: 2013 update

Datamonitor's updated Power Analyzer forecasts that the share of coal in Spain's generation mix will fall, resulting in a smaller share of the pie for the struggling domestic coal mining industry. Diminishing subsidies to the coal sector add insult to injury and may spell the demise of Spanish-sourced coal in the generation mix.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Oct 2013
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Eni outperforms the competition in a declining Italian electricity market

Eni is the largest retailer of natural gas to Italy (accounting for about 50% of the market). However, regulatory restrictions have been applied to Eni in order to improve competition and encourage new entrants into the Italian gas market. Eni has now turned to the electricity market for revenue and margin growth opportunities, specifically by moving existing gas customers onto dual fuel tariffs.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Oct 2013
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Big hurdle cleared for new build nuclear in the UK

The agreement of a strike price over Hinkley Point has put an end to protracted negotiations between the UK government and EDF. It means the first new nuclear capacity in almost 20 years in the UK is one step closer to a final investment decision. While from the government's perspective the agreement is a bet on the future level of wholesale prices, it represents a win for energy security.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Oct 2013
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Wind turbines breaking records

The installation of the world's largest offshore wind turbine is being completed this week in Scotland, but the turbine will soon be dwarfed by even larger models that are currently being developed. As offshore wind turbines grow ever-larger, how big is big enough, and will designs have to change to meet the shifting patterns of demand?

Published By Datamonitor
22 Oct 2013
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France strengthens profile in South Africa with GDF Suez deal

GDF Suez has been awarded a EUR1.5bn contract to build new conventional thermal electricity capacity in South Africa. This outcome is partly due to France's aggressive stance concerning its domestic industrial interests abroad, and bodes very well for future South African transport, infrastructure, and nuclear development contracts to be awarded to French companies.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Oct 2013

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