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2030 decarbonization target narrowly defeated

The UK government's Energy Bill passed its third reading on June 4, 2013, and will proceed to the House of Lords without the inclusion of a divisive decarbonization target.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Jun 2013
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Alarm.com purchase of EnergyHub confirms growing trend for PCT optimization software

Until recently, programmable communicating thermostats (PCTs) had failed to deliver any substantial reductions in energy usage due to the fact that the majority of homeowners had difficulty in using them properly.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Jun 2013
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Upcoming Datamonitor Energy research on the B2B TPI market

Datamonitor Energy has identified several key issues in the third party intermediary (TPI) market that will be analyzed in an upcoming report. In June we will publish research on the issue titled "Insights into the Intermediated B2B Energy Market in Great Britain."

Published By Datamonitor
29 May 2013
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SSE critics must consider margin, not profit

Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE) has reported big profits at the end of one of the toughest winter seasons in living memory. The response has been predictably negative but, once again, the quest for cheap headlines has seen commentators fail to make the distinction between profit and margin.

Published By Datamonitor
23 May 2013
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Drax Power forecast to shift even larger volumes of power through retail arm in 2013

For many years Drax Power, as one of the UK's largest generators of coal-fired electricity, has supplied multiple terawatt hours of power to Centrica annually. However, as the volume of power contracted to Centrica falls across 2013, Drax hopes to use its retail arm, Haven Power, to shift a large portion of this extra volume.

Published By Datamonitor
23 May 2013
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Offshore wind forecasts claim European targets will be met

Datamonitor's forthcoming research "Offshore Wind Forecasts to 2020" examines the development of offshore wind markets in Europe and how targets have been missed or exceeded. Market constraints are considered along with the future growth prospects of offshore wind in each country.

Published By Datamonitor
23 May 2013
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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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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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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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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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