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Can A Public Electricity Company Be The Solution To Rising Electricity Prices?

Public companies are more common in Europe than might a priori be imagined. Countries such as France and Italy, as well as Austria, Sweden and Finland, are good examples of European states with extensive public participation in their respective energy giants. Particularly relevant is the French case, where EDF (with almost 85% state ownership) enjoys a great popular reputation for guaranteeing electricity services to the most remote corners of the country. In the Spanish case, by contrast, the State’s shareholding is limited to 20 % in Red Eléctrica de España, the company that manages the energy transmission infrastructure and therefore has no direct impact on the price of electricity.


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Europe’s High Energy Prices, Explained

Nick Ottens (Atlantic Sentinel) | The continent faces a perfect storm involving accidents, depleted reserves and decreased Russian supply. Electricity prices are hitting records across Europe. In Portugal and Spain, wholesale energy prices have tripled from half a year ago to €178 per megawatt-hour. Italy is not far behind at €176. Dutch households without a fixed-price contract could end up paying €500 more this year. In the UK, prices peaked…


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The EC Rules Out Major Regulatory Actions To Combat Pricing System; Spain Is The Only Country To Tackle This

The Spanish government sent a letter last week to the European Commission, in which it urged the region to adopt a common response to the electricity problem at the European level. The letter called for a reform of the wholesale electricity market and the creation of a European gas purchasing platform and strategic reserves. However, the institution dismissed Spain’s request. It will limit itself to guiding member states on measures to temporarily reduce the electricity bill within the margins of EU regulations.


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Ammonia, Not Just A Question Of Colours

Mirabaud | When electricity needs to be produced, the cheapest energy sources are used first: wind, solar and hydro. If they are not available, more expensive energies are added: lignite, nuclear, coal, gas and,finally,green ammonia.
You may ask, rightly, what green ammonia has to do with this list of energies. Scientists recently discovered a potentially revolutionary feature of ammonia by using it as an energy source.


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Gas Price Spike: How UK Government Failures Made A Global Crisis Worse

Michael Bradshow ( The Conversation) | The UK government has been in emergency talks with leaders from the energy industry as gas prices (and with them, electricity prices) have soared to more than four times the level they were at the same time in 2020. Concerns are growing about the security of winter gas supplies, and industries reliant on gas, such as the fertiliser industry, are curtailing production, threatening various…


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Renewable Sector Joins Big Electricity Companies Against Energy Reform; Plan a Historic Legal Battle

The government’s energy reform is stirring up the whole sector, according to the daily Expansión. Not only the large electricity companies, such as Endesa, Iberdrola and Naturgy, which are already preparing a legal battle. Renewable energy companies are also coming out en masse demanding that this reform be softened by modifying some aspects as the the energy sold outside the daily market, through bilateral contracts (or PPAs, in technical jargon) will also be reduced. These bilateral contracts are the essence of the current development of the renewable energy sector, because they serve to finance it.


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European Investment Bank will not fund national energy sector updates

BRUSSELS | By Alexandre Mato | The EU hopes to set up a new policy framework targeting the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by improving renewable energy by 2030. The continent´s energy efficiency would be improved with utilities companies and operators operating under the auspices of the directive. It could be a crucial step, designed to save €100bn annually for consumers –most of them households.


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The US Shale Gas Rush

MADRID | By David Fernández, financial analyst | According to a JP Morgan report, natural gas prices in the US are at least 50% cheaper than in the UK and just a third of what Germans pay.


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North Africa and energy prices in Europe

By Ioannis Michaletos, associate of the Institute for Defense & Security Analysis in Athens | The situation may eventually lead to another peripheral war against groups of guerilla and terrorist forces, coupled with a general instability regarding energy prices in Europe.