Oil Industry majors facing up to post-oil financing – Unconventionnal resources and biofuels lead the way

Following the economic and financial crisis that began in late 2008, oil majos have revised their strategies and refocused their efforts on their core business : hydrocarbons exploration and production. After a brief decline in 2009, majors have since resumed with greater intensity their investments which increased by 12.4% per year on average. These are mainly directed towards upstream activities whose share in total investment in the pace of four years increased from 79 to 85% on average.

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Concentrated Solar Power: overview and perspectives

 The solar energy transmitted on earth exceeds about 11 000 times the worldwide energy demand, evaluated at 12.5 billion Toe[1] in 2012. Even if photovoltaic is the leader as regards as the solar electricity generation, other solutions still exist.

Especially adapted to highly sunny regions, the Concentrated Solar Power technology (CSP) offers numerous perspectives for the coming years.

What are the features of the CSP and its specificities compared to the photovoltaic? Who are the market stakeholders? What about the main challenges and perspectives for the developing technology?

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Mid-Term Generation Adequacy in Belgium

The Belgian energy landscape is going through a critical transition. As a consequence of the ever increasing share of renewables, conventional gas-fired power plants are becoming increasingly unprofitable. The announced closure of many CCGTs in combination with uncertainty about Doel 3 and Tihange 2 and the approaching nuclear phase-out endangers security of supply. Indeed, over the next years it becomes increasingly questionable whether sufficient generation capacity will be available to cover electricity demand. This Sia Partners’ study details the decline in generation capacity over the coming years and forecasts the impact on security of supply over the period 2014-2016 under the assumption that Doel 3 and Tihange 2 won’t start again.

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Highlights of Dutch Energy Market developments

Dear reader,
Our second digital (email service based) newsletter is released again, our summer edition 2014.
With the change of format of our newsletter, I will confine myself to the latest developments we see in the Dutch energy market and internal NL Sia developments.

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Energy utilities: a changing portfolio

A lot has already been written about the increasingly challenging and competitive environment in which EU utilities are currently operating. The latest activities undertaken by major EU energy players, and Dutch ones in specific, triggered Sia Partners to make an impact-analysis of this behavior on their portfolios. This article aims to provide an overview of how EU power majors adjusted their strategies, and how their portfolios have been transformed as a consequence of their strategic moves.

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Continuous improvement is always a viable choice

Implementation of the legislation REMIT, energy prices and margins spiraling downwards, consumers becoming prosumers, upcoming decision of Dutch Lower House on the “splitsingwet” for DELTA and Eneco, brand new delivered power plants already in the mothballs, consolidation of grid operators; these are just illustrations that it is never a dull moment in the energy business.

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Products and pricing in the consumer and small business market

The central role of product and pricing design in today’s energy environment

As described in the article New business models for energy suppliers published in our previous newsletter [1] , today’s power industry faces a number of critical challenges, and energy retailers have to adapt to a new landscape. Specific industry concerns include increasing wholesale fuel costs, growing overcapacity (>30%), decentralized generation and political uncertainty. In addition an apparent desire by consumers for more pricing and products options that will better fit their energy needs. These developments force the energy retailers to have more focus on their downstream business, where energy products and pricing designs play a central..

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Shape Your Future in Energy 2nd Edition – Winning articles

Dear Reader,

We are very proud to present you the winning articles of the contest ‘Shape your Future in Energy’.

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Pocket Digestion: An Opportunity for cost-effective green energy production

Flanders traditionally has a considerable excess of manure, being one of the bigger environmental issues in the region. On a small area, millions of animals are breeded threatening the nutrient balance of the soil. The utilization of this waste product for the production of green energy production seems to be a very promising opportunity to help Flanders reach the greenhouse gas reduction targets set by the European Union – 20% reduction by 2020 compared with the 1990 emission.

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Recent developments in the Dutch energy market

These past months, the energy sector in the Netherlands has been experiencing difficulties, and though the Dutch economic outlook is turning positive, large utilities are still in the middle of large cost-reduction operations: either bringing the number of employees down, and/or mothballing unprofitable power plants. Vattenfall and RWE both illustrate this.

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