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Gas power plant operators are in the red

Gas power generators face crisis for several reasons, chief of which is that demand for power has fallen due to the eurozone economic crisis depressing manufacturing. The American shale gas revolution and reduced demand from China have led to bargain basement coal prices, and its widespread availability has encouraged European power companies to switch to coal rather than expensive gas generation.

Published By Datamonitor
21 May 2013
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UK smart meters: a difficult journey to full residential take-up

The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) initially called for all UK households to have smart meters installed by the end of 2019. However, delays mean that a full-scale rollout won't start until autumn 2015, with the final home not receiving its shiny new meter until the end of 2020.

Published By Datamonitor
21 May 2013
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European solar panel prices to surge by 45%

European jobs will be at risk if anti-dumping duties are levied on Chinese solar imports, while EU manufacturers' gains will be limited.

Published By Datamonitor
21 May 2013
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Centrica tackles the issue of high winter gas demand - and profits

Centrica announced that in the first third of 2013 British Gas customers used nearly 20% more gas than in the same period last year. In other words, they spent a lot of money that has flowed into Centrica's coffers. The group has promised to use this extra profit to keep prices down, but in doing so will sacrifice higher margins.

Published By Datamonitor
20 May 2013
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Europe's solar panel market shaken up by tariffs imposed on Chinese imports

After years of falling prices driven by massive oversupply, solar panel prices are set to rise as Europe imposes trade restrictions on Chinese imports.

Published By Datamonitor
14 May 2013
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A crisis in the UK EMR

The UK EMR's tripartite goal of achieving energy security, carbon reduction, and cost minimization is untenable. The government's pretense that it is maintaining a competitive market environment while actually pursuing a highly interventionist policy means that there will be a crisis in UK energy policy - unless the government convinces the public that carbon reduction is worth the cost.

Published By Datamonitor
09 May 2013
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The lights in the UK will stay on, but at a price

Concerns about the UK's electricity capacity margins are shared by industry stakeholders and government alike. However, Datamonitor still considers that the lights will stay on, despite the undeniable increasing pressure on capacity margin. The prospect of skyrocketing prices by 2015/16 is much more concerning.

Published By Datamonitor
03 May 2013
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Offshore wind falls behind target but is set for massive growth

Europe was more than 14% behind its target for installed capacity of offshore wind turbines at the end of 2012, but the volume of projects in the pipeline is sufficient to meet Europe's 2020 target more than three times over.

Published By Datamonitor
03 May 2013
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Collective switching could be a major game-changer in the UK retail market

In little more than one year collective switching has become a major force in the UK retail market, with the public sector leading the way. The next 12 months promise to be even more dynamic.

Published By Datamonitor
01 May 2013
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Europe to smash offshore wind targets if consent is given

Europe was behind its target for installed capacity of offshore wind turbines at the end of 2012 by more than 14%, but the volume of projects in the pipeline is sufficient to meet Europe's 2020 target more than three times over.

Published By Datamonitor
01 May 2013

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