Energy Policy under the new UK Government – Business as usual


There will be quite a few people in the energy sector who will be relieved at the UK Election outcome on May 7th. With the election of a majority Conservative Government the future is more certain. Ofgem is likely to be retained in its current form, there will be no energy price freeze and it is unlikely there will be structural separation of generation and retail forced on the big six. So, will it be business as usual?



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Two easy steps to make the nuclear industry competitive


Thomas Talbot, a Sia Partners consultant, wrote an article published in this month’s edition of Nuclear Connect. It tackles this question: “How can new nuclear reactors be built without state funding or vendors taking on more unbearable debt?



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COP 21: The United States announce their national contribution

Prior to the COP 21, which will be held in Paris in December 2015, the UNFCCC1 invited countries to announce their national contribution before March 31st, 2015² if they were ready to do so. Therefore, after Switzerland, the European Union, Norway and Mexico, the United States communicated their contribution³: reducing their GHG emissions by 26% by 2025 (compared to 2005) and make every effort to reduce them by 28%. According to the United States, that objective is coherent with a reduction of GHG emissions by 80% or more by 2050.

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« Digital oil », a lever of value creation through Big Data

Oil companies are faced with growing complexity in drilling and production operations: more and more extreme weather and geographic conditions, rising costs, decreasing quality of deposits.

In order to face those technical and economic challenges, certain companies chose to invest in digital process optimization solutions. For instance, in 2002, Chevron launched the project of “digital hydrocarbon fields” named i-Field®, supported by specialists of oil infrastructures (Schlumberger, Halliburton) and of information systems (IBM, Microsoft).

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Dutch energy market highlights for Q1 2015


In this article, Sia Partners has selected the most relevant Dutch energy market news and developments of the first quarter of 2015 for you.


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L’histoire se répète – Gas in Groningen, Coal from Limburg?


The production of natural gas in the Netherlands lies under pressure. Frequent earthquakes caused by decades of gas extraction in Groningen have severely damaged many buildings, which gave rise to a debate on safety and the distribution of our (gas-financed) wealth. Many parties demand that gas extraction in the region will be strongly cut back, but is this really an option?


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Actions to prevent the West European electricity from getting ‘blown’ out of balance

With surging levels of intermittent renewable energy sources coming online in Western Europe, market parties are struggling with their grid balancing responsibility. In energy-only markets balancing responsibility can be commercialized on the day-ahead, intraday and ancillary services market, in addition to providing reserve and regulation capacity to the TSO. In order to stay in business, forecasting and optimization processes should be under control. Moreover, additional business case opportunities lie in demand response and storage techniques as well as in capacity markets.

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New Pricing Strategies in the Dutch Energy Market


As a result of the intensified competition that followed the liberalization of the retail power sector in 2004, the traditional business model of utilities is losing ground. Alongside complementary products and services aimed at saving energy, power retailers now try to increase revenue with new pricing models.  But how do these new value-based pricing models work? And why would they be successful?


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Solar eclipse of March 20, 2015: What impact on Belgian and European electricity networks?


The partial eclipse of March 20, 2015 could represent an important test for European network operators and for the coordination among them. Indeed, Friday’s partial eclipse will imply a sudden shift in photovoltaic production (a reduction followed by a rapid rise of production) which might potentially disturb the European electricity network.  


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Modular nuclear reactors, a promising market for the future?


Since the entry into service of the first nuclear reactors, the main manufacturers – with Westinghouse and AREVA in the lead – had focused their efforts on the race for power. Their strategy consisted in reducing the production cost per megawatt-hour while benefiting from scale effects. They aimed to make nuclear energy more competitive in comparison with other basic and semi-basic production sources.



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