Energy Risk - 2007-08-01

Shifting flows in Asia

Soaring Asian demand is transforming world oil markets. While Asian oil supply cannot match demand, Asia has big plans for refinery building. Eric Fishhaut of GlobalView Software investigates

End-user forum

Energy procurement and price risk management is an increasingly vital function for energy intensive companies, from airlines and cement manufacturers to supermarket retailers. Roderick Bruce investigates the challenges facing such companies in Europe and…

Clearing the way

The Futures and Options Association has called on UK power market participants to come forward to help develop the market's structure. Chris Cook proposes an enterprise model that aims to overcome the obstacles to co-operation

Matchmakers

Post-trade confirmation in the energy market, once slow and prone to error, is becoming increasingly efficient due to the successful rollout of trade confirmation standards. David Watkins looks at how two of the competing standards have developed

South Korea hedges its bets

Corporate hedging of energy and commodity price risk in South Korea used to be the purview of a handful of large conglomerates. But a recent change in regulation has opened up the door to a whole new tier of potential hedgers. Local banks are now teaming…

Stora Enso

The Scandinavian paper maker has found that having its own generation assets can be an effective hedge against rising and volatile power prices

Tentative decisions

Private equity has shied away from investment in energy assets in the past. But as Ian Bagshaw and Charles Jacobs, partners at Linklaters, explain, some players are now starting to show an interest

Edward Morse

Previously a professor, a politician and now chief energy economist at Lehman Brothers, Edward Morse talks to David Watkins about his accidental career in energy

Weighing up the options

Mounting domestic environmental issues and worldwide energy security uncertainty are pushing the Chinese government to consider the full gamut of energy options – including renewables. Yue Zhang and Chong Siang Chew of the Institute of Energy Economics,…

Weathering risk

Earlier this year, Storm Exchange unveiled its electronic weather exchange, based on 500 proprietary, industry-specific weather indexes serving the over-the-counter markets. David Watkins speaks to David Riker, Storm's president and chief executive,…

AstraZeneca

Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has restructured its supply contracts towards a more flexible model

Tales from the sell side

Asia, and in particular China and India, represents the largest source of project-related emissions reduction credits going into the UN's Clean Development Mechanism system. Oliver Holtaway speaks to Asia Carbon Exchange's N Yuvaraj Dinesh Babu about the…

Rethinking US liberalisation

Citing rising electricity prices, critics of liberalisation have recently managed to convince lawmakers in several US states to rethink policies that ban utilities from owning power plants. Elisa Wood investigates the current state of play

Going with the flow

The competitive edge that physical natural gas players have historically enjoyed is being eroded by advances in information flows. Vincent Kaminski and Russell Braziel discuss their study, which suggests new information flows have transformed natural gas…

Accessing China's oil market

China's wholesale oil market is opening up to foreign investment and several western oil majors are making inroads. But many regulatory obstacles remain, as Lauren Hilgers reports

A spreading collapse?

The unbridled optimism that spurred the ethanol market upwards in 2006 has been replaced by a more sombre mood. David Watkins reports

Adelaide Brighton

Volatility in the Australian power market has forced the cement manufacturer to employ some innovative risk management and asset optimisation solutions

The one that gets away

Managing volumetric risk is exceedingly challenging, yet getting it wrong can damage a company's reputation and make it look as though it is not in control of its operations. Garth Renne and Ken Truesdell of Brookfield Power suggest some solutions

Lufthansa

The German airline group stresses strong communication between those handling the physical and financial sides of the business as paramount to energy price risk management

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