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World Bank: limit on coal funding is a step in the right direction

By restricting funding for coal power stations to all but the poorest countries, the World Bank is taking a step in the right direction towards a greener world. While this move has faced criticism, reducing extreme poverty has to take preference over low carbon energy. Ultimately, the World Bank has to find a way to help poorer countries use funding to develop cleaner alternatives.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Apr 2011
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World Bank attracts criticism with controversial loan for South African coal-fired plant

In one of its more controversial recent decisions, the World Bank has agreed to loan South Africa $3.75 billion to build a 4.8GW coal-fired power plant. Although this project is an urgent response to crippling power shortages that are posing a real threat to the industries on which the country is so dependent, the proposal has attracted criticism, especially from environmentalists.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Apr 2010
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Winter gas & power will still prove costly for UK business

Falling wholesale energy prices have had significant column inches recently, with UK regulator Ofgem threatening to "go after" domestic retailers caught with profit-laden "jam on their fingers." While households may enjoy a welcome fall in energy bills in the New Year, British industry faces the more immediate prospect of another winter of discontent in the volatile spot and near curve markets.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Sep 2006
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Winning trust gets harder and harder for British Gas

British Gas is the latest household name among the ranks of the UK's beleaguered energy suppliers to be named and shamed by Ofgem as potentially breaking industry rules.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Jun 2013
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Winning acceptance for dynamic pricing: what utilities must do to succeed

The benefits created by smart metering are considerable, particularly dynamic pricing. Yet the most important element of smart metering - the customer - is little understood and is at risk of being overlooked. Utilities must soon introduce smart metering and the notion of variable pricing to their domestic clients.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Mar 2011
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Wingas: plans to expand UK gas market share could be too limited

After acquiring 100% of its joint venture business from Norwegian company Norsk Hydro, Wingas UK has announced that it is seeking to significantly increase its share of the high end of the UK gas market. Although the recent market opening makes this a prudent time to become more aggressive, Wingas's designs on the UK market and its plans to sell higher volumes may be too narrow in scope.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Jul 2007
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Wingas right to question the competitiveness of long-term contracts

Germany's Wingas has questioned the paradoxical practice of moving to a liberalized energy market but still allowing suppliers to maintain long-term contracts. Wingas' objection is justified as the context of such long-term contractual arrangements has moved on and, as Datamonitor's Salman Wasti argues, other, less anti-competitive options are available.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jul 2005
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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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Wind power: turbines and tribulations

Published By Datamonitor
29 Nov 2000
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Wind power: Scroby Sands and the winds of change

The forthcoming confirmation of the development of a 76MW wind farm at Scroby Sands reflects the ongoing development of renewable generation in the UK. The development could be the first of many new wind farms but it does not answer key concerns surrounding grid interconnection and NETA balancing requirements.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Apr 2002

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