ZEMA for in-depth
ZEMA for in-depth
Shale Gas: The Demand Side of the Equation

By: Olga Gorstenko | Date: April 01, 2014

(Republished from September 2012)   In this issue, we examine aspects that can impact the demand side of U.S. natural gas expansion and ultimately add uncertainty to natural gas price projections. Natural gas has traditionally served the needs of three major types ... Read more »

Reading the Commodity Market Barometer: Energy and Non-Energy Commodity Price Movements

By: Ryan Arian | Date: February 28, 2014

As the world’s population has burgeoned over the past decade, particularly in regions like the Asia-Pacific, technological and infrastructural developments and improvements have also occurred. Increased economic and industrial activities worldwide have contributed to a growing global demand for energy,1 ... Read more »

Middle Eastern and Asian Commodity Exchanges Turn Up the Volume

By: Peadar Walsh | Date: January 31, 2014

Emerging markets in the Middle East and Asia are growing faster than markets in the western world, partly due to their large infrastructure projects and subsequent need for imported commodities. Commodity market participants in the Middle East and China, like their ... Read more »

 Effective Date: January 31, 2014

Price Reporting Agencies, Assessments, and Increased Asian Oil Consumption

By: Gillian Dunks | Date: December 23, 2013

Sales and purchases of varied commodities affect each country in the world, but few commodities have a global impact greater than that of oil. Price reporting agencies (PRAs) monitor the global oil industry carefully, producing price assessments which are meant ... Read more »

 Effective Date: December 23, 2013

Data Deluge and the Dread of Latency

By: Erynn Reitmayer | Date: November 28, 2013

In recent years, data has taken the business world by storm. The amount of information captured by enterprises along with a growth in technology has fuelled a global data explosion, and its effects on industry have been substantial. In a ... Read more »

In Search of Equilibrium: Growth of Capacity and Transmission in the NYISO

By: Ian Mathieson and Karen Hung | Date: October 28, 2013

The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) was founded in December of 1999, taking over from the New York Power Pool and following the nationwide unbundling of electricity supply and delivery in the nineties.[i] It is the responsibility of ... Read more »

A Brief History of Oil Prices and Middle East Tensions: Fear of a Black Gold Shortage

By: Ryan Arian | Date: September 27, 2013

In the final weeks of summer 2013, tension over Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons was followed by the threat of U.S. military action against the country, which sent oil prices† on a roller coaster ride. The price sensitivity of ... Read more »

Will the Rise of Distributed Energy Spell the End for Traditional Utilities?

By: Karen Hung | Date: August 28, 2013

It would be an understatement to say that utilities have been bracing for hard times in the last few years. Figure 1. Passing phase or permanent ... Read more »

Powering a Continent: The Multi-Billion Dollar Scramble for Africa

By: Denise O'Donovan | Date: July 25, 2013

During an official visit by President Barack Obama to Africa last month, a Washington Post blogger traveling with the delegation reported that the Tanzanian hotel he was staying in had experienced ‘a few kinks’. During a nationwide blackout, the lights ... Read more »

Europe 2020: Bane or Boon to European Energy and Power Markets?

By: Karen Hung | Date: June 27, 2013

When the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its Fourth Assessment Report in 2007 and affirmed that global warming is anthropogenic, its climate model projections indicated that, without immediate intervention to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, global surface temperature ... Read more »


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