Energy Trading

The Conference Season

I’m not really sure how this works outside the UK, so apologies to the tens of thousands (!!) of you that read my blog that aren’t UK residents. In... continue reading

CTRM Conference – What You Will Learn

The CTRM Conference is on October 5th in Amsterdam. This year we are co-hosted with EMART but in no way does this mean we are focussed on energy. We... continue reading

Powel’s Intraday and automated trading solutions

I recently took a briefing from Powel, primarily around their intra-day and automated trading offerings. Powel is now a sizable company with offices in 7 countries including south America... continue reading

eZ-nergy Tackles Operations in Europe

From time to time, we find a vendor that was previously unknown to us. About a year ago, we came across a vendor called eZ-nergy because of their partnership... continue reading

What Happened to Peak Oil?

About a decade ago, the peak oil concept was very popular. The argument went that oil was a finite resource and that the peak output level and decline was... continue reading

Speculators In Oil Keep Getting It Wrong

At the end of last November, I wrote about my skepticism around OPEC’s ability to control oil prices. I was commenting that I didn’t understand what the speculators could... continue reading

Three Trends In European ETRM

As we enter Q2 of 2017, three things seem to be apparent to me at any rate. They are as follows; Deals Are Smaller While I am hearing almost... continue reading

There Is A Bot For That

The rise of renewables and development of the smart grid is having an impact on European power trading. Intra-day power trading is on the rise in countries like Germany... continue reading

The Risks Keep Evolving

As I’m sure you’ve noticed on this page, ComTech is currently conducting a snapshot survey looking at risk and risk management in energy and commodity trading.  We’ve done other... continue reading

A Single European Market With A Single ETRM Solution?

I often have to field the question regarding ETRM software for European power and related commodities. What is the best commercial solution? The answer isn’t easy. European power markets... continue reading

Are Spreadsheets Ever The Right Solution?

I had a briefing this morning from Contigo and one of the topics that came up in the discussion was the use of spreadsheets. It’s a truism that almost... continue reading

Is BlockChain the New Golden Bullet in Commodities Technology?

Blockchain is the technology behind Bitcoin. In essence, Blockchain is a digital ledger that it is a permanent, tamper-proof, record of transactions. According to an article by GovTech Singapore,... continue reading

A Kilowatt for Your Thoughts…

“A kilowatt for your thoughts dear…”, said Jane Smith as her husband peered intently at a 3D holo-advertisement for the latest model of the Hover SUV 550.  John Smith... continue reading

Flipping Energy – Why Big Oil May Become the Next “Masters of Flip”

Flipping homes. It seems to be all the rage on TV these days. Flip or Flop. Flipping Las Vegas. Masters of Flip. You get the idea. While the concept... continue reading

Reuters Poll On Oil Prices

Reuters has polled 29 analysts and economists on their views of oil price given the recent OPEC deal. Like me, most don’t see the OPEC deal having much impact... continue reading

Barclays is getting out of energy trading

Reuters is reporting that Barclays, one of Britain’s largest banks, is existing the energy markets, joining others financial institutions such as RBS Sempra and Deutsche Bank who had previously... continue reading