ZEMA for in-depth
ZEMA for in-depth
The Seven Ages of Oil Part 1: Boom and Bust, War and Peace, Growth and Decline

By: Aiman El-Ramly | Date: January 30, 2015

Dateline January 2015: The Perilous Plummet The week of January 26, 2015, saw the price of a barrel of oil drop below $45. It has been a perilous plummet from a high of $100.52 just six months ago. If you ask ... Read more »

 Effective Date: January 30, 2015

Converging Power and Natural Gas Markets Raise More Questions for Data Management

By: Peadar Walsh | Date: December 31, 2014

The once fragmented US and European power markets have changed significantly over the past few years as a result of market expansion and convergence between practices. Many independent system operators (ISOs) have been expanding in order to enhance reliability and ... Read more »

 Effective Date: December 30, 2014

North American LNG Projects: Political and Economic Factors

By: Adrian K. Yee | Date: November 28, 2014

The Rise of the North American LNG Industry LNG is a quickly growing energy commodity. Historically, much of this growth has been attributed to a combination of Middle Eastern and South American LNG exports to European and Asian markets. Recently, North ... Read more »

Data Sources: NEB  |  Effective Date: November 28, 2014

How the US Shale Gas Revolution Curtailed Asian Petrochemicals: Analyzing Market Trends Using ZEMA

By: Yi-Jeng Huang | Date: October 28, 2014

Petrochemical Trouble Brewing in the Middle Kingdom On April 28, 2014, Reuters and other sources reported that Sinopec Corp, the largest petrochemical producer in China, had put on hold a massive $3.1 billion USD ethylene plant in Qingdao, a refinery hub in ... Read more »

Data Sources: ZEMA

U.S. Energy Regulation Is Not Repeating Itself, Just Changing Its Color

By: Aiman El-Ramly | Date: September 26, 2014

It Has Been a Long Time 135 years after Thomas Edison formed the Edison Electric Light Company in 1878 and the subsequent patent for an electricity distribution system in 1880, a lot has changed for the electric power industry in the ... Read more »

Data Sources: ISO/RTO

The Future of the Natural Gas Market Part Two: Global Demand and Major Consumers

By: Vera Tikhomolova | Date: August 27, 2014

The July 2014 edition of ZE DataWatch included the first In Depth article in this two-part series about geopolitical and market trends affecting the global natural gas market. Last month’s article discussed current events impacting global supply; this month’s issue ... Read more »

The Future of the Natural Gas Market Part One: Macro Drivers of Supply

By: Vera Tikhomolova | Date: July 31, 2014

Natural Gas Market Changes Natural gas has become a central subject of discussion within the energy market over the past several years. There are many reasons for this. First, the gas industry has experienced extraordinary success during the last decade. Horizontal ... Read more »

The US Environmental Agenda Might Finally Bring an Electric Power System Operator to the West

By: Olga Gorstenko | Date: July 03, 2014

The last 20 years or so have been very eventful for the U.S. power industry, with markets opening and the government exercising its authority by stipulating what type of generation should be used for electricity production. It has been less ... Read more »

Energy Demand Dynamics in a Global and Interconnected World: What the Data Can Tell Us

By: Aiman El-Ramly and Bruce Colquhoun | Date: June 04, 2014

Rarely have organizations in the energy and commodity markets faced so many fundamental shifts in the economic sectors underlying their business. Not long ago, commercialized markets followed the perceived rule of supply and demand. For energy commodities such as power, ... Read more »

Data Sources: ZEMA  |  Effective Date: June 04, 2014

Big Data Analytics for Utilities

By: Erynn Reitmayer | Date: April 30, 2014

For several years, big data has been something of a buzz word in the world of IT, but for all the chatter surrounding it, there is still a notable lack of clarity as to what “big data” actually entails, and ... Read more »


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