Regulators must distinguish physical and financial energy transactions, says risk manager

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Regulators should ensure that energy producers do not get unfairly pooled with investment banks when changes to US regulation under the Dodd-Frank Act are enforced, as there is a distinct difference between an entity that partakes in financial derivatives activity and a company that trades physical contracts for future delivery to manage its risk, says Chris Schlegel, financial manager with Southern Company.

"[The Dodd-Frank Act] is 2,300 pages of new law and while it's not clear what we have to

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