May 17, 2020

Exxon Predicts Natural Gas Demand to Double by 2040

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The outlook of energy, according to Exxon
In a report released today by Exxon Mobil Corp, the outlook for energy over the upcoming decades predicts global energy consumption will rise 32 perce...

 

In a report released today by Exxon Mobil Corp, the outlook for energy over the upcoming decades predicts global energy consumption will rise 32 percent by 2040. For over 50 years, Exxon has employed a team of economists to assemble the long-term outlook each year to help guide future investment.

India's energy use will more than double and significant increases in energy will occur in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, while fuel consumption will decline in the US and Europe, according to the report. One explanation for these trends involves the developed world's well-established environmental regulations and renewable energy incentives that keep pollution levels at bay, while developing countries lack the infrastructure, resources or regulations to avoid the inevitable dependence on fossil fuels.

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Additionally, renewable energy will more than quadruple and nuclear power will almost double by 2040, rising 62 percent and displacing coal as the second-largest fuel supply after crude oil, the report says. One out of every two cars in the US will either be a hybrid or alternative-fuel vehicle, yet 90 percent of the world's transportation will still run on oil-based fuels.

As Exxon becomes America's largest natural gas supplier, the rise in demand for natural gas will mean their investments will pay off in the long-term. Overall, the report is good news for big oil.

However, the coal industry disagrees with the company's predictions. The International Energy Agency contradicts Exxon's report, predicting that natural gas won't catch up to coal by 2035, and will still account for 25 percent of the world's energy.

“It’s clear that Exxon is relying on their vested interest in fracking,” Lisa Camooso Miller, a spokeswoman with the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, told the Associated Press.

The public has been warned to take any energy reports with a grain of salt.

 

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Jul 26, 2021

Ofwat allows retailers to raise prices from April

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Dominic Ellis
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Ofwat confirms levels of bad debt costs across the business retail market are exceeding 2% of non-household revenue

Retailers can recover a portion of excess bad debt by temporarily increasing prices from April 2022, according to an Ofwat statement.

The regulator confirmed its view that levels of bad debt costs across the business retail market are exceeding 2% of non-household revenue, thereby allowing "a temporary increase" in the maximum prices. Adjustments to price caps will apply for a minimum of two years to reduce the step changes in price that customers might experience.

Measures introduced since March 2020 to contain the spread of Covid-19 could lead to retailers facing higher levels of customer bad debt. Retailers’ abilities to respond to this are expected to be constrained by Ofwat strengthening protections for non-household customers during Covid-19 and the presence of price caps.  

In April last year, Ofwat committed to provide additional regulatory protection if bad debt costs across the market exceeded 2% of non-household revenue. 

Georgina Mills, Business Retail Market Director at Ofwat said: “These decisions aim to protect the interests of non-household customers in the short and longer term, including from the risk of systemic Retailer failure as the business retail market continues to feel the impacts of COVID-19. By implementing market-wide adjustments to price caps, we aim to minimise any additional costs for customers in the shorter term by promoting efficiency and supporting competition.”  

There are also three areas where Ofwat has not reached definitive conclusions and is seeking further evidence and views from stakeholders:   

  1. Pooling excess bad debt costs – Ofwat proposes that the recovery of excess bad debt costs is pooled across all non-household customers, via a uniform uplift to price caps. 
  2. Keeping open the option of not pursuing a true up – For example if outturn bad debt costs are not materially higher than the 2% threshold. 
  3. Undertaking the true up – If a 'true up' is required, Ofwat has set out how it expects this to work in practice. 

Further consultation on the proposed adjustments to REC price caps can be expected by December.

Anita Dougall, CEO and Founding Partner at Sagacity, said Ofwat’s decision comes hot on the heels of Ofgem’s price cap rise in April.

"While it’s great that regulators are helping the industry deal with bad debt in the wake of the pandemic, raising prices only treats the symptoms. Instead, water companies should head upstream, using customer data to identify and rectify the causes of bad debt, stop it at source and help prevent it from occurring in the first place," she said.

"While recouping costs is a must, water companies shouldn’t just rely on the regulator. Data can help companies segment customers, identify and assist customers that are struggling financially, avoiding penalising the entire customer in tackling the cause of the issue."

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The Hallbank project, near Kendal, was completed within a tight eight-day deadline, in a storm and during the second COVID lockdown last November – and with three hours to spare. Principal construction manager John Dawson said the project helped boost the resilience of water supplies across the North West.

“I think what made us stand out was the scale, the use of future technology and the fact that we were really just one team, working collaboratively for a common goal," he said.

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As local utilities look to save money and increase their use of clean energy by tapping into low-cost and low-carbon local resources, Camus' grid management platform provides connectivity between the utility's operations team, its grid-connected equipment and customer devices.

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