Energy Trading

Brady Introduces New Service for I-SEM Settlement Management

On the 1st October 2018, I-SEM replaced the wholesale Single Electricity Market (SEM) in all of Ireland. The I-SEM was brought in “following an instruction to the SEM Committee from the... continue reading

European ETRM Space Getting Crowded?

Walking around E-World last month, I was struck at just how many ETRM software products now target European power and gas. In addition to the usual suspects like ION... continue reading

The great oil refinery experiment is coming to an end at Delta Airlines

Airlines live and die on fuel prices – when the price of oil (and the jet fuel derived from that oil) is high, you’ll see lot of headlines about... continue reading

Britain’s Retail Energy Segment in Trouble?

An interesting article in Forbes draws attention to the British retail energy segment and the collapse of a 10th independent retailer (Our Power) within a 12-month period. The article... continue reading

E-World Coming Up!

Anyone in the European energy and utility industry seems to make an annual migration to Essen each February. Actually, no offense to Essen, but it is just about the... continue reading

VAKT, Blockchains, Consortia and Solving Industry Problems

I recently had the opportunity to talk with Ms. Frances Dean, VP Operations & Corporate Services, and other senior members of the VAKT team. VAKT is a ‘blockchain initiative’... continue reading

Checking in on Blacklight Systems

Last week, in London, I stopped by BlackLight Systems on the offer of a walkthrough of the system. Sebastian Ferraccu, Co-Founder and CEO, had invited me to take a... continue reading

As EU Carbon Prices Soar – Has the EU ETS Finally Found its Teeth?

EU ETS Carbon prices are around 20 Eur as of today, slightly off from their recent high of around 25 Eur in August. After several years in which the... continue reading

Trouble Up North….

Traders on Nordpool, and who are part of the Nasdaq clearing house, this last week faced a c.$133 million hole in a contingency fund as a trader defaulted as... continue reading

Mining ‘Gold’ From Data

The explosion of data combined with the application of proper data management, AI and ML and visualization tools is opening up previously unheard of opportunities in commodity trading –... continue reading

Thoughts on Inatech and Techoil

The ETRM/CTRM software category comprises a wide range of solutions, from those that attempt to cover multiple commodities, broad functionality and geographies to those that are specialized point solutions.... continue reading

Big Shift in Skills Demand Reflects Impact of Disruptive Technologies

As an analyst following the market, any data point is good, but I have also found that an essential data point is the view of the recruiter. These guys... continue reading

European Energy…

I’m here in Budapest attending the ETCSEE Conference. It seems well attended and the morning sessions were interesting. I’m writing this during a break. However, the initial presentation by... continue reading

Reuters says Exxon is going to expand trading ops and is looking at ETRM software

Reuters posted a story overnight that Exxon Mobil, the “largest non-trading energy company in the world”, is going to shed that title and start actively trading around their huge... continue reading

Central & Eastern European ETRM

The survey looking at CEE region vendors hasn’t had many responses to date, which is rather disappointing as there is quite a vibrant set of local vendors located in... continue reading

5 Reasons Blockchain will be successful in the energy markets…and 5 reasons it will be a failure.

Blockchain is the hottest thing since Y2K.  Everyone is talking about it, many companies are investing in it and lots of tech companies have built-out huge practices dedicated to... continue reading