As Coal Plants Shut Down, United Kingdom Faces A Power Crunch

United Kingdom Quarterly Beverage Tracker Report Q1 2013

Donald Rumsfeld, for example, has consistently argued that it would do more harm than good. John Bolton, who has always been a strong friend to Britain, sees it as a terrible misdeployment of resources, and tells Tim Stanley that Parliament’s decision will do no harm whatever to the alliance of the English-speaking powers. It’s true that Barack Obama probably feels let down. Frankly, though, that is a problem of his own making. Why are chemical weapons the sole “red line” in a war that has seen prisoners mutilated and shot, civilians deliberately targeted, informers beheaded? Because, in a rambling an unscripted reply to a journalist’s question on 20 August last year, President Obama said so: A red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilised. That would change my calculus. That would change my equation. Just moving them around? What about moving just a small quantity rather than “a whole bunch”? Are we seriously supposed to bomb a country, not as part of a UN force or an Arab League-run mission, but more or less alone, because of a red line scrawled so imprecisely? Ask yourself this.

If that happens, Ofgem admits that would indeed compensate for the lost generation capacity. But that estimate, it notes, is far larger than National Grid’s previous forecast, and it assumes “a more pessimistic economic outlook.” In other words, the grid operator is banking on the U.K. economy staying in the doldrums to keep power flowing without interruption. Rocky Transition From Coal Ofgem first warned that electric power capacity was tightening back in 2009, but it now says that is happening “faster than previously expected.” That’s because the U.K. recently went on a coal binge, taking advantage of dirt-cheap coal from the United States, where a shift to natural gas has sent coal producers looking for other markets. As a result, 39 percent of the U.K.’s power came from coal plants last year , up from 30 percent in 2011. (See related story: ” As U.S. Cleans Its Energy Mix, It Ships Coal Problems Abroad .”) That burst of coal power came at a price: The U.K. is maxing out on the number of coal-plant operating hours it was allowed under EU law more quickly than anticipated. (See related story: ” Obama Unveils Climate Change Strategy: End of the Line for U.S. Coal Power? “) Should a supply shortage come, there are several short-term remedies that National Grid could put into effect to ensure consumers wouldn’t experience rolling blackouts.

United Kingdom, Western Europe Cooldown

Recent days of unseasonable warmth were swept away by a cold front crossing the United Kingdom and western Europe. Not only is cooler air rushing across the region, but periods of rain as well. Thursday was the hottest day of the week in London and the rest of southern England. In fact, it was the warmest September day in London since 2006 as the high reached 29.5 degrees C (85.1 degrees F). After four straight days of high temperatures reaching 26 degrees C (78 degrees F) or greater in London, temperatures are expected to reach only 18 degrees C (65 degrees F) on Friday. The cooldown will also reach France on Friday following several days of temperatures over 31 degrees C (88 degrees F). In fact, some parts of France experienced their warmest September temperatures in almost a decade. The high on Thursday reached a sizzling 33 degrees C (91 degrees F) in Paris, one of the hottest September days in recent years. A cold front brought showers and thunderstorms across France and northern Spain Thursday night into Friday. Some of the thunderstorms contained strong winds and hail near Paris. Behind this frontal boundary cooler air will arrive on Friday leading to highs only near 24 degrees C (75 degrees F). At this time, it appears the front will stall east of Paris, leading to dry and seasonable weekend for the city. While Paris enjoys several days of pleasant weather following the frontal passage, the United Kingdom will not be as lucky as a cut-off low pressure system sits overhead leading to the threat of showers which can contain heavy downpours through the weekend.

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Finance Mon, Sep 9, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT – U.S. Markets close in 1 hr 30 mins United Kingdom Quarterly Beverage Tracker Report Q1 2013 Press Release: Reportlinker Wed, Sep 4, 2013 2:50 PM EDT NEW YORK, Sept. In the current climate of economic uncertainty and market volatility companies need to know about more than just data. This report provides a complete overview of all commercial beverage consumption trends, latest market developments and an economic mood indicator What is the current market landscape and what is changing? GDP growth is flat with interest rates remaining low. Confidence levels are uncertain with prices rising slightly. What are the key drivers behind recent market changes? The poor weather helped volume sales of coffee and impacted soft drinks What makes this report unique and essential to read? Designed for clients who want to understand the latest trends in the United Kingdom beverage industry and want more detail and analysis on this data. Canadean’s United Kingdom Quarterly Beverage Tracker report is ideal for benchmarking total market vs retail audit data and is an essential tool for keeping up-to-date with the latest industry and market developments Key Features and Benefits Readers are provided with a Summary snap shot table showing category growth in Q1 2013vsQ1 2012, together with 2012actual volumes, 2013 forecast volumes and projected growth An economic mood indicator, completed by Canadean’s local consultant, examines (on a scale of one to five) whether confidence levels in the industry are better or worse than the previous quarter, whether net prices are rising or falling and how Private Label products have performed versus the rest of the market. Selected retail pricing data is given for the most recent quarter and the previous four quarters, enabling analysis of price movements. Key highlights of the last quarter’s commercial beverage performance are identified and the key market drivers examined Volumes for Q1 2013vs Q1 2012, full year 2012, moving annual totals (MAT) and 2013 forecasts are provided for each individual beverage category, together with supporting text on quarterly performance and forecast assumptions. More granular data is provided for the Carbonates category, with data split by regular vs low calorie, and by key flavours.