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The Scissors Effect – How structural trends and government intervention are damaging the major European electricity companies and affecting consumers
Published: 24th August 2015
By: David Robinson
The major electricity companies (the ‘majors’) in Europe have not recovered from a significant decline in their combined market value that began in early 2008. If the causes are structural, as argued here, these companies may be unable or unwilling to finance the investments required to meet the EU policy goals of energy security, environmental […]Download the Publication .pdf 0KB
Gas-to-power market and investment incentive for enhancing generation capacity – an analysis of Ghana’s electricity sector
Ghana’s electricity generation capacity is currently insufficient to meet demand, making power outages and load shedding common. The resulting impact is potentially devastating for the country’s growth prospects. Traditionally, lack of an affordable and reliable fuel supply for power generation, coupled with ineffective institutions and an unfavourable investment climate, have resulted in Ghana’s electricity sector […]Download the Publication .pdf 0KB
Published: 20th July 2015
By: Chris N Le Fevre
UK energy policy has often mystified outsiders. Politicians and policy makers talk grandly of solving the energy “trilemma” of affordability, environmental sustainability and security of supply. Many energy experts seem ensnared in endless debates regarding the minutiae of the electricity supply sector whilst in the real world coal displaces gas in power generation, prices rise […]Download the Publication .pdf 0KB
Published: 17th July 2015
By: Bassam Fattouh
In this presentation, given at the Bank of England, Bassam Fattouh looks at current developments in the oil market and explores some short and medium term prospects and concludes with the following observations: • It is important to be clear about causality; it is supply and demand imbalances that cause stocks to rise and for […]Download the Publication .pdf 0KB
Published: 13th July 2015
By: Fabian Weber
The recent increased Chinese activity in the Platts Dubai window is yet another manifestation of the eastward shift of international oil markets. In light of these changing dynamics, the necessity for a new marker for East of Suez crude oil pricing is commonly taken for granted. But must the benchmark for East of Suez necessarily […]Download the Publication .pdf 0KB
Published: 10th July 2015
Howard Rogers, Director, Natural Gas Research Programme, shares insights and conclusions on his paper published in early July 2015. To access the talk please click here. Please click here to access the accompanying slides.
Published: 9th July 2015
In collaboration with OIES and KAPSARC, Clingendael International Energy Programme (CIEP) hosted a workshop in March 2015 to discuss the structural changes shaping the crude oil and petroleum products markets and the shifts in trade flows. The general view was that apart from the structural changes in crude oil supply and demand, oil product markets […]Download the Publication .pdf 0KB
Published: 6th July 2015
By: Howard Rogers
The aftermath of warmer than normal 2013/2014 winters in Europe and Asia, evidence of slowing Asian LNG demand growth through 2014 and the collapse of the oil price in late 2014 has resulted in a painful ‘new normal’ for key players in the global gas system, specifically LNG project investors and Russia/Gazprom. At one level […]Download the Publication .pdf 0KB