An investigation led by the British Competition and Markets Authority on the retail gas and electricity markets has found that they would operate better if consumers took the time to sign up for better offers. To encourage consumers to do this, the CMA plans to create a database listing the most inert consumers. The database would be available to all gas/electricity suppliers and energy service providers, which they could use to seek new customers.

Thomas Piquemal’s sensational resignation as EDF's Chief Financial Officer at the beginning of March 2016 - and the ensuing political and media frenzy – have highlighted EDF’s difficulties in building two nuclear generation reactors at the Hinkley Point site in England, and more generally the problems currently affecting the French nuclear sector. This episode is the consequence of errors and failings in public policy, both in Great Britain and France.  What lessons can economists draw from it?

Since 1996 the European Commission has been striving to turn consumers into dynamic players on the electricity market.

The New Zealand electricity market is similar to Tolkien's hobbits: it may be small in size, but it shows others the way. This post describes its most remarkable features. 

With a lack of sufficient storage capacity and consumer habits which do not line up with the offer provided by solar and wind power, the growing importance of variable renewable energy in the production of electricity is forcing producers to maintain replacement capacity. 

TSE President answered the questions of the Japanese news outlet.

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The first directive liberalising the European electricity markets is celebrating its 20th anniversary at the end of the year. What conclusions can we draw from these two decades of liberalisation?

Because it produces a non-storable commodity, the electric power industry has had to make enormous investments in reliable production and transport capacity in order to grow.

The sharing economy owes its transformative potential within our societies to two features. First, it uses innovative matching technologies, which connect service providers and users much more effectively than before. Secondly, these technologies enable new service providers to enter the market. 

The French capacity mechanism, designed to subsidise electrical production when the demand is high, is being reviewed by the European Commission. Is this mechanism efficient? What about European solidarity?