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Alternative Energy and Blockchain Grow Up Together

A neighborhood movie theater in Brooklyn, New York, although quiet in recent months because of coronavirus restrictions, is an active participant in a four-year-old, peer-to-peer power sharing...

July 5, 2022 | By Jim Romeo


After Pandemic Setback, Clean Energy Could Come Roaring Back in Emerging Markets

As of year-end 2019, the outlook for renewable energy growth in developing economies was exceptionally bright. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), power-generating capacity from solar...

August 26, 2021 | By Dawn Kissi


COVID-19: How a Global Pandemic Could Accelerate the Energy Transition

From renewables to aviation to coal, COVID-19 has exposed both strengths and weaknesses among different sectors when it comes to climate issues. And the effects one may or may not have on each other...

June 26, 2020 | By Dawn Kissi


A Decade of Growth Expected in Off-Grid Energy

The increasingly favorable economics of renewable energy and storage capability - mainly solar PV (photovoltaic) combined with battery storage - “presents a huge opportunity for the off-grid energy...

April 17, 2020 | By Dawn Kissi


Where Houston Has a Problem

The Harris County district attorney's office in Houston, Texas, is busy these days with more than the usual run of local crimes. Last year it obtained a criminal indictment against Arkema, a chemical...

February 14, 2020 | By Jim Romeo


Gas 'Witch's Brew' Has U.S. Exporters Facing Worst-Case Scenario

(Bloomberg) -- A global glut of natural gas has gotten so massive that U.S. exporters could soon face their worst-case scenario: Halting shipments to get supply and demand back in balance. Prices for...

November 25, 2019 | By Naureen S. Malik and Anna Shiryaevskaya


EU Bank Takes 'Quantum Leap' to End Fossil-Fuel Financing

(Bloomberg) -- Want the lowdown on European markets? In your inbox before the open, every day. Sign up here. The European Investment Bank adopted an unprecedented strategy to end funding for fossil...

November 15, 2019 | By Ewa Krukowska


Ready to Invest in Venezuela? Banker Ponders $3 Billion Fund

(Bloomberg) -- Maynard Holt is already thinking about how you can invest in Venezuela. The chief executive officer of Houston-based energy investment bank Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. said Wednesday...

March 15, 2019 | By David Wethe


Refinitiv Is All in on Sustainability

While investors may hold different views about the relationship between environmentally sustainable strategies and corporate performance or portfolio returns, Refinitiv takes a strong stand. It is...

February 1, 2019 | By Jeffrey Kutler


The 'Circularity' of Sustainable Finance

Sustainability - along with the economics and financing that underpin it - is going circular. “We really have to rethink our business models,” away from producing waste and more toward “a circular...

November 30, 2018 | By Juliette Fairley


Tankers Going Nowhere Indicate LNG Market Becoming More Like Oil

(Bloomberg) -- Some liquefied natural gas sellers aren't in a rush to deliver their multimillion-dollar cargoes. With uncertain demand and no signs yet of bitter cold, some traders are preferring to...

November 27, 2018 | By Anna Shiryaevskaya


Glimmers of Hope for Iraq Investors

Fifteen years since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, the country remains for most investors an oil-rich frontier market shrouded in political and economic uncertainty. However, a “stable” ratings...

November 26, 2018 | By Dawn Kissi


Energy Infrastructure at Risk

In 2010, computer malware known as Stuxnet was discovered in Iran's nuclear program. It used a nuclear facility's supervisory controls and data acquisition (SCADA) as its gateway of entry. The “zero...

November 9, 2018 | By Jim Romeo


Mexico Spends $1.2 Billion to Lock in Crude Rally for 2019

(Bloomberg) -- Mexico spent about 23.5 billion pesos ($1.2 billion) through the third quarter from its budget stabilization fund, which historically has been used almost exclusively to hedge forward...

October 31, 2018 | By Eric Martin


Brent Bulls Split From U.S. Oil Optimists

(Bloomberg) -- For oil investors, this is both the best of times and the worst of times, depending on which crude benchmark you trade. While money managers pile up on bets that Brent futures will...

September 17, 2018 | By Jessica Summers


Mexican Election Brings Energy, Trade Policy into Focus

AndrÉs Manuel LÓpez Obrador decisively won the Mexican presidential election on July 1 in a populist campaign that had energy reform as one of its core issues. It was only a few years ago that the...

August 17, 2018 | By Dawn Kissi


Oil Bulls Get Back in the Game as Supply Risks Rattle Market

(Bloomberg) -- Oil bulls are venturing back into the market as global conflict sparks concern that supply disruptions will leave buyers scrambling for barrels. Money managers boosted their net-long...

July 30, 2018 | By Jessica Summers


Oil Trader Vitol Embraces Clean Energy With New Wind Power Fund

(Bloomberg) - Vitol Group, the world's largest independent oil trader, is launching a new fund to invest in wind farms in Europe, joining a string of oil majors making moves into renewable energy....

July 18, 2018 | By Anna Hirtenstein and Andy Hoffman


Shale's Surge Crashes Into Bottlenecks From Pipelines to Ports

(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. shale surge is crashing headlong into a barrage of bottlenecks. From West Texas pipelines to Oklahoma storage centers and Gulf Coast export terminals, the delivery system for...

June 1, 2018 | By Alex Nussbaum


IMF Boost to Saudi Break-Even Oil Price Offers OPEC Policy Clues

(Bloomberg) -- Whenever Saudi Arabian officials are asked what oil price the kingdom want, they almost always reply that they have no preference. Recent reports that the world's largest exporter was...

May 3, 2018 | By Grant Smith


Goldman Says Oil to Surpass $80 With Market Likely Balanced

(Bloomberg) -- Goldman Sachs Group Inc. hiked its short-term crude oil price forecast by as much as 33 percent, saying the market is now likely balanced. The bank now estimates Brent will reach $75 a...

February 1, 2018 | By Alex Longley and Grant Smith


Where the Energy Market and the Financial Industry Collide

Otto E. Niño on the link between financial markets and the development and progress of the energy sector. From Trading & Risk Magazine, a publication of RiskMathics Financial Institute. Download...

September 29, 2017 | By Otto Ni�o


Greenhouse Gas Reductions: the Anti-Trump Brigade

Last month, the Trump Administration roiled the global environmental movement with an announcement that the United States would be withdrawing from the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21) agreement...

July 7, 2017 | By Edward Hancox


For the Mexican Economy, Nafta Is Not the Only Problem

The U.S. political rhetoric surrounding renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) - called for in a January executive order signed by President Donald Trump - is toned down a...

May 10, 2017 | By Dawn Kissi


U.S. Power Infrastructure: A Broken Framework and Vulnerable Grid

When a power blackout hits, people worry about spoiled food and other inconveniences. At businesses, continuity plans have to kick in. The Department of Homeland Security has to contemplate if this...

November 4, 2016 | By Maureen Nevin Duffy


As Commodities Ease, Colombia Is More Resilient Than Many

A political turning point for Colombia - a peace agreement between president Juan Manuel Santos and leaders of the Farc rebel group - came amid the economic uncertainty associated with downward...

August 11, 2016 | By Dawn Kissi


Managing Commodities Risk: A Compliance Guide for the Next Wave of Spoofing Enforcement

As we approach the sixth anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, “spoofing” - a type of disruptive trading that was specifically prohibited in the Act - remains...

June 23, 2016 | By Anthony Mansfield and Jonathan Flynn


Oil and Political Uncertainties Cloud Iran's Return to Markets

The much touted deal to ease economic sanctions on Iran is opening up business opportunities in multiple sectors, with much of the attention focused on energy during a period of depressed oil prices....

April 22, 2016 | By Dawn Kissi


Insurance Shortfall in the Energy Sector

It is six years since the Gulf of Mexico disaster that was the largest-ever accidental marine oil spill, and insurance disputes continue to rage on. “The carriers took positions that are boggling,”...

April 1, 2016 | By Juliette Fairley


NY Power Agency Names CRO; Bank CIO Joins Alvarez & Marsal

Soubhagya Parija, a former Duke Energy Corp. risk manager who most recently oversaw global compliance risk strategy for retailing giant Walmart, has joined the New York Power Authority as senior vice...

August 13, 2015 | By Ted Knutson and Jeffrey Kutler


Awareness and Communication Are Keys to Climate Risk Management

Climate risks are hitting home. In Miami, home-owning retirees are considering relocating because of higher coastal flood risks. It's not illogical: More than half of U.S. hurricane risk is...

July 2, 2015 | By Juliette Fairley


Lingering Clouds over Shale Assets

Shale gas and oil assets across the U.S., while certainly not in a bust, have been devalued over the past few years, and the trend has continued in 2014. Market forces have been compounded by...

June 24, 2014 | By Owen Reynolds, Angela Conroy and Julia Farber


The Carbon Asset Risk Management Imperative

According to the Carbon Tracker Initiative's "Carbon supply cost curves: Evaluating financial risk to oil capital expenditures," oil and gas majors can, through carbon asset risk scenario analysis,...

June 24, 2014 | By Gabriel Thoumi


How Environmental Damage Translates into Financial Risk

Asia's boom comes at a high environmental price. Recent studies are showing that air pollution is taking a large social and economic toll on urban residents. Last summer, a National Academy of...

June 3, 2014 | By Owen Reynolds, Angela Conroy and Julia Farber



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