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CommentWire
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AEP: joining the rush back home

US utilities from AEP to Reliant are running scared from competitive retail markets outside the US. Only TXU, which also has to face deregulation back home in Texas, is presently capable of operating successfully in such a challenging environment.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Jul 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

AGL: getting its fingers on Pulse

The Australian energy market looks set to mirror the type of consolidation seen in markets such as the UK, with less than five major retail players expected to remain in 3-4 years' time. AGL is now one of the largest players with a 28% share of the national market, making acquisitions a priority for rivals TXU and Origin to establish positions of strength.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Jul 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Alinta: driving growth and diversification through acquisition

The price may be high, but for Alinta [ALN.AX] it is worth paying Duke [DUK] A$1.69 billion to capture some of Australia's most important gas pipelines, as well as power generation assets. Capitalizing on US energy companies' steady exit from Australia, the company is both improving the diversity of its operations and creating steady long-term growth in shareholder returns.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Mar 2004
Expert View
Expert View

Australia ETS: watered down but vital before Copenhagen

The Australian government's attempts to introduce a National Emissions Trading Scheme ahead of climate talks in Copenhagen should be commended. However, in its current format, the scheme is likely to suffer the same fate as its flawed European counterpart, with damaging consequences for Australia's ability to meet its ambitious emissions targets.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Jul 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

Australia: enthusiastic uptake of solar power leads to cuts in state feed-in tariffs

Residential solar power installations in New South Wales reached 52MW by mid-2010, prompting the state government to reduce its generous feed-in tariff. While this is a blow to property owners hoping to invest in renewable energy, it is also a natural part of any feed-in tariff scheme. Still, to maximize its solar resources, Australia must find ways to build on consumer interest in micro-schemes.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Nov 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

Australia: government should look to optimize the value of its finite resources

The recently announced 'super' profits tax on the mining sector in Australia has led to a heated debate about its implications. Although the opposition is using the subject as pre-election campaigning material and the mining industry sees it as a serious sovereign risk concern, discussions over Australia's economic prosperity and the importance of its finite resources have largely been avoided.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jun 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

Australia: green voters could make the difference for Labor in key marginals

After only weeks in office, new prime minister Julia Gillard of the Labor Party has cast doubt over Australia's future green policy plans by calling a general election. One of the key issues during the election will be environmental policy, especially after Kevin Rudd failed to implement an emissions trading scheme. As such, Labor's deal with the Greens could secure vital votes for the party.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jul 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

Australia: new administration to revive climate change policy

Julia Gillard, the recently appointed Australian prime minister, has named climate change as one of her top priorities should her party be re-elected. This indicates that some form of carbon pricing policy will be enacted in the near future, rather than being postponed until 2013 as previously planned.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jul 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

Australia: renewable energy investment will grow strongly in the coming years

According to the energy market research firm Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Australia's policies will encourage at least A$36bn of new investment by 2020. This is based on the government's target to produce 20% of electricity from renewable sources by 2020. While the predictions match Datamonitor's research findings, questions remain over the private sector's willingness to commit funds.

Published By Datamonitor
27 May 2011
CommentWire
CommentWire

BG Group acquisition: the hunter becomes the hunted

UK gas explorer BG Group's hostile takeover of Australasian energy supplier Origin Energy has been all but sunk by a deal between Origin and US oil giant ConocoPhillips, to form a joint venture company that will own and operate Origin's coal seam gas reserves.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Sep 2008

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