International energy markets

In its research capacity, Pixie Energy has developed products based on non-core international energy markets, initially in Europe but expanding worldwide.

These Energy Fundamentals studies provide a comprehensive high-level look at the structure, functioning and investment opportunities in the markets, allowing users to get a good sense of where further investigation is warranted. We’re also offering training courses based on the interesting discoveries.

Our services in international energy markets

  • International Energy Fundamentals report series – Each market study looks across the full energy value chain in a national market, from energy resources available through production and generation, networks, retail and end-consumption, investigating policy and regulation on the way. We also identify key metrics and indicators and highlight areas of opportunity for those looking to enter or invest in the market. The first study, on the Italian market, will be launched with a free webinar on 13 March hosted by Cornwall Insight with guest experts.
  • International Renewables Markets: Assets, Subsidy & Finance – this training course looks across the development cycle of renewable power, from why renewable generation is necessary to how subsidy mechanisms function, the pros and cons of various policy levers used to influence developer behaviour, and a look at the future of renewables development. All aspects are reviewed through the lens of European and global examples.
  • Energy:2030 – Cornwall Insight and Pixie Energy’s Energy:2030 is designed for suppliers, generators, regulators, local authorities and investors. It covers relevant and interesting developments from markets around the world including energy market mechanisms and regulatory incentives, technological developments and their anticipated impact, and changing policy as it evolves both in the UK and worldwide.

Recent insight

The Renewable Energy Association (REA) ranked GB eighth out of nine European electricity markets, in its inaugural Energy Transition Readiness Index. The report, issued on 13 November, ranks flexibility markets across nine Northern European countries, considering the attractiveness of each market for new investors. 

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The European fuel ethanol market has seen a steady increase in both production and consumption over the past few years, and is forecasted to grow with wider adoption of biofuels across Europe. This week’s chart comes from data shared in ePURE’s report Updated for 2018: Overview of biofuel policies and markets across the EU-28. 

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As the electricity sector decarbonises, policy makers and advisers are increasingly focusing on decarbonisation of the heat sector. This has been embodied by multiple consultations on the topic, such as Net Zero – The UK’s contribution to stopping global warming from the Committee on Climate Change, and a promise to amend the Climate Change Act 2008 to achieve net zero by 2050. 

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Carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) is expected to be an important tool for meeting net zero carbon targets and for mitigating climate change. Although uptake of CCUS technology has been slow in the UK, on 27 June BEIS announced that nine companies have been awarded government funding to advance CCUS.

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The International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) latest report The Future of Hydrogen illustrated that the momentum of hydrogen as a fuel is currently building from both political and commercial perspectives. By mid-2019, the total number of targets, mandates and policy incentives that directly support hydrogen has reached approximately 50 globally. 

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In the first quarter of 2019 (Q119), battery electric vehicle (BEV) registrations grew by 87.5% across the European Union (EU) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), in comparison with the same quarter in the previous year. 

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