Tagged With Electricity
Gas exchanges arrive
1 May 2005
Europe took another small, but meaningful, step in the liberalisation of its gas markets in February, when Amsterdam-based APX Group launched continental Europe's first exchanges for trading gas, writes NJ Watson
More funding needed
1 April 2004
The US government is planning a five-year, $1.2bn investment programme for fuel cells and hydrogen technologies. But some industry experts claim this is nowhere near enough if the technologies are to be commercialised in the near future. Ellen Lask reports
Foot on the gas
1 March 2004
Energy market liberalisation in the countries that will join the EU in May is proceeding at different rates. Some new members will struggle to meet the July 2007 deadline for full liberalisation, especially in gas, which is generally behind electricity-sector reform. Nonetheless, progress is being made, writes NJ Watson
EU: Commission takes a back seat on electricity supply security
1 February 2004
The main topic on the energy agenda of the European Union (EU) in coming months will be security of electricity supply and infrastructure investments
Facing facts
1 February 2004
While power and gas traders have established a base camp in the foothills of the emissions learning curve, most oil traders are still unaware of the mountain they must climb before January 2005. Liz Bossley examines the significance of the European Emissions Trading Scheme for oil traders
A breath of fresh air
1 February 2004
Wind power is the fastest-growing sector of both the European and US electricity industries, according to a new report. With continuing government subsidies and technological advances the trend is set to continue, as countries target increased electricity generation from renewable sources. NJ Watson reports
Japan must do more
1 December 2003
All eyes on Tanzania
1 November 2003
Spanish steps
1 November 2003
Market liberalisation and a shift to gas-fired power generation are behind rising Spanish gas and power demand. A spate of activity has attracted the interest of asset-hungry foreign players. James Gavin reports
The garden is rosy, for now
1 November 2003
Recent events in the US – most notably, the power blackout in the northeast this summer and the volatility of natural gas prices – have cast a spotlight on the country’s energy needs, and by extension, on the role of coal in meeting them. Ellen Lask reports
Slow, but regular, progress
1 October 2003
In its three years in existence, the energy dialogue between the European Union (EU) and Russia has designed an ambitious programme of co-operation – but has not yet produced any major agreement. However, both sides claim slow, but regular, progress is being made, writes Helen Avati
US price spike averted
1 October 2003
New methods in an old market
1 October 2003
The world coal industry is witnessing the steady development of an open over-the counter (OTC) market, centred in Europe. Traditionally, international coal trade consists of long-term bilateral deals. The OTC market is still at a fledgling stage, but already has an active financial swaps market to complement the physical market. Liz Bossley and Sam Murray, of Ceag, report
No longer the dry-hole capital of the world
1 September 2003
It may still be a high-risk exploration area, but interest is rising in offshore gas, where confirmation of a 2 trillion cf field may come in January. The imminent results of a licensing round will demonstrate the extent of international excitement. The country could be on the verge of shedding its old reputation as the dry-hole capital of the world. Nigel Ash investigates
Heart of darkness
1 September 2003
Utilities ride out nuclear decommissioning fallout
1 August 2003
The management of nuclear power plant decommissioning provisions is stirring up a storm in the EU. With each member state defining its own policy, there is concern among environmental campaigners that the funds, to be set aside for the dismantling and decontamination of nuclear plants, are being channelled for uses other than their intended purpose, writes James Gavin