• L'enquête menée par l'autorité de la concurrence britannique sur les marchés de détail du gaz et de l'électricité conclut qu'ils fonctionneraient mieux si les consommateurs voulaient bien faire l'effort de souscrire aux meilleures offres. Pour les y inciter, elle propose de créer une base de données recensant les consommateurs les plus passifs, base que tous les vendeurs d'énergie et tous les offreurs de services énergétiques pourraient consulter pour démarcher de nouveaux clients.

  • 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.

  • The power industry has developed sophisticated tools for managing peak demand. But unexpected effects are emerging, notably because of information asymmetry. Analysis by our electricity experts. 

  • In today’s new world, an aspect of the energy transition is the intention to decarbonise energy production. It follows that tomorrow’s energy sources will be predominantly electric. There are nevertheless major differences of opinion as to the qualities of electricity production methods, whether they be nuclear, wind, photovoltaic, hydraulic or the burning of fossil fuels. By contrast, consensus seems to reign when it comes to the quality of electricity at the point of consumption. 

  • Decarbonising electricity production is an essential step in reducing our society's greenhouse gas emissions and limiting global warming.  Many countries have therefore engaged in the transition towards a new world in which the majority of megawatt hours are produced using renewable energy sources, mainly wind or solar energy.  To that end, they have distributed massive subsidies over the past decade: 101 billion dollars in 2012 alone, 57 billion of that in the European Union.[1]  A recent academic study using British data provides a clearer understanding of this "new world". This post presents two of the study's key findings: first, the difficult coexistence of renewable and traditional technologies, and second the need to maintain renewable energy subsidies.

  • On 30 November 2014, German energy giant E.ON surprised most industry observers by announcing that it was spinning off its conventional power generation operations in Europe to focus on networks, renewable energy and consumer services.  The announcement marks the disappearance of a European energy superpower, whose history is tightly linked with that of the liberalisation of the electricity industry in Europe. This post draws a few observations from this announcement.


  • Aficionados of the French electricity market - including the authors of this blog- have noticed an intriguing silence during the Christmas break: at the time of this writing, the government has not (yet?) published “l’arrêté prime”, which would set a bonus granted to residential demand response operators.  This silence is excellent news for electricity consumers, who will not have to pay for the strategic errors of these operators. This blog post explains this situation, and also presents the economics of demand response in electricity markets, an issue of interest for all electricity consumers, not only French ones.

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