Disasters can give valuable lessons – Engie Global Markets CRO

Ken Robinson reflects on the ‘good, bad and ugly’ in energy risk management


In a 16-year career in energy risk management, Ken Robinson has lived through his fair share of disasters.

Perhaps most noteworthy was the 2001 collapse of Houston-based energy trader Enron, which led to a sudden evaporation of liquidity in power markets and triggered a meltdown in the merchant generation sector. At the time, Robinson was a risk manager at Houston-based energy merchant El Paso, which was forced to slash jobs and restructure amid the shake-out. Another disaster still fresh in Rob