Energy Risk - 2006-11-01

Western congestion

Despite huge strides to improve power transmission efficiency in California since 2001, the region is still flagged a 'critical congestion area' by the US Department of Energy. Neil O'Hara looks at the state of play

Future imperfect

Hedging physical deals with derivatives may be active risk management, but if the physical contract is breached, it can result in unnecessary losses. Andrew Meads looks at whether the innocent party can recover these losses

Platform for production

While a healthy flow of new oil is forecast to come on stream over the next few years, there's concern that projects will be held up by a lack of infrastructure, particularly rig availability and personnel, finds Roderick Bruce

CERs come of age

A secondary market for certified emissions reductions generated by the Clean Development Mechanism now exists – but its emergence has been patchy, with some significant developments, along with some ongoing uncertainty. Point Carbon's research and…

VC funds clean up

Investment in clean energy technology is attracting new venture capital money even as the traditional investors, electric utilities, are withdrawing. In the first of a two-part series, Catherine Lacoursière investigates the latest financing trends in…

Weathering oil risk

Managing weather risk is increasingly important for petroleum companies. Murad Jivraj looks at how optimal oil risk management can be obtained through combining traditional structured products with new weather derivatives

Modelling natural gas futures returns

In this article, Mats Kjaer and Ehud Ronn propose and estimate the correlation matrix of natural gas futures returns. They describe the relationship between the correlation and the time between two contracts' maturities, along with the number of 'April'…

Trading opinions

Energy risk professionals from all over Europe gathered in London last month at the Energy Risk Europe conference to debate the hottest topics facing the industry today. The Energy Risk team bring you some highlights

Shifting sands

High oil prices and a lack of accessibility to reserves are reawakening oil majors' interest in Canada's oil sands. David Watkins looks at their potential and at the challenges involved in this capital-intensive mining operation

Biomass back on track

Generating power through biomass – corn, soybeans, trees, plants and animal waste – looks set to receive a boost in the US, after stagnation during the 1990s, finds Elisa Wood

Josef Bogensperger

Verbund's Josef Bogensperger talks to Oliver Holtaway about the impacts of harmonisation and the EU ETS on power trading

A clearer picture

Energy bills are now prominent on most UK businesses' radar screens. Alistair Buchanan of UKregulator Ofgem offers an update on developments that could affect the UK's gas market this winter

Oil prices: Risk of a fall?

Consensus forecasts predict lower oil prices next year, although a minority of analysts, sceptical that demand will fall, expect higher 2007 prices. Beyond 2008 the supply picture could be much tighter than generally thought, some experts say. Stella…

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