Online clearing: the shape of energy markets to come

There is a paradox in global market development initiatives. Those schemes – such as EnergyClear – set up by neutral service providers lack liquidity, while those set up by liquidity providers – such as IntercontinentalExchange (Ice) and the New York Mercantile Exchange (Nymex) – lack neutrality. Yet a new decentralised architecture seems to be emerging for global markets that will render the existing infrastructure obsolete.

The first generation of energy trading markets – let’s call it ‘Market

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