Energy Risk - 2007-03-01

Spreading opportunities

Volatile European gasoil and US heating oil prices mean traders must follow inventory and temperature forecasts carefully to stay on the right side of moves in outright and spread values, writes Logical Information Machine's energy analyst Daven Voorhies

Designing a market

With Canada likely to embark on an emissions-trading scheme this year, Oliver Holtaway looks at the various forms it could take

The IFRS conundrum

Firms with a public listing in the EU need to adhere to complex accounting standards on financial instruments. Michiel Mannaerts and Pieter Veuger look at the latest implications for energy companies

Meeting the pace of change

Energy trading is advancing so quickly it's sometimes difficult for software to keep pace. Energy Risk's software survey reveals almost half of respondents changed systems in 2006. David Watkins reports

Can coal deliver?

US coal supply needs to increase by around 8% in the next five years to meet projected demand. For that to happen, huge investment is needed and prices are likely to rise, finds a Global Energy Decisions study

When M&As fail

US M&A activity plummeted in 2006, leading to fears that much-needed – but capital-intensive – infrastructure plans could be put on hold. Merging with infrastructure funds instead of private equity may be an easier way for utilities to jump some…

Staging a comeback

A change in public perception, energy supply concerns and green issues are all driving a nuclear power revival in the US. Technological advances, financial incentives and licence standardisation look set to smooth the process of new build, finds Neil O…

Powering debate

Concerns about energy supply security and climate change are causing a nuclear power renaissance in Europe. However, despite changing attitudes, the regulatory, political and financial barriers to nuclear new-build remain significant, finds Roderick Bruce

Jeffrey Sprecher

IntercontinentalExchange's JEFFREY SPRECHER talks to Roderick Bruce about the inspirations and motivations that have driven him to the top of the energy trading business

A dangerous precedent

European power market participants are up in arms over a draft law in Germany which, if passed, could devastate liquidity both in Germany and beyond by allowing the German Cartel Office to force some suppliers to price their power on a cost basis. Oliver…

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