Latest Intelligence on Wholesale Energy in North America

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Expert View

Attitudes and expectations towards the oil market are shifting

Against a backdrop of increasing uncertainty over oil prices, authorities in the UK and US have met with the relevant parties to discuss potential alterations to the regulatory commodity trading environment. In the US, the Commodities and Futures Trading Commission is considering limits on oil trading positions, but such a policy may seem over-zealous once an upswing takes hold.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Aug 2009
Expert View
Expert View

Brent crude prices vulnerable, despite positive economic indicators

So far in 2010, front-month Brent crude oil prices have traded in a $10 per barrel range, from just above $70 per barrel to just above $80 per barrel. More recently, however, the price has hovered just above the lower end of the range, and with demand showing no signs of increasing there is a good case for forecasting that the next significant move could be down rather than up.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Feb 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

China/US: new style of climate partnership beckons

China has long been criticized for its use of coal, which fuels 68% of its energy needs. Despite efforts to curb this dependence, including closing over 550 coal power stations in 2007, the country still has a long way to go. Matters have been made worse by recent results which show that the country missed its emissions target for Q1 2010. Surprisingly, however, the US may come to China's aid.

Published By Datamonitor
14 May 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

Commodity prices: buoyed by QE2 and speculative investment inflows

Although the global economy is slowly recovering from the worst downturn since the second world war, policymakers in Western countries are finding it very difficult to stimulate growth and boost aggregate demand. Monetary easing now remains the lone tool after further fiscal stimulus was ruled out at June's G20 summit, where heads of state pledged to halve national budget deficits by 2013.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Nov 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

Concerns over the rising price of oil are unjustified

There has been a burst of speculation that oil may reach $100/bbl, following a remark made by Saudi Arabia's oil minister that appeared to suggest a new acceptable oil price range of $70-90/bbl. However, all the minister was doing was suggesting that oil above the normally accepted top end of $80/bbl was not causing damage to the global economy.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Nov 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

Google: managing its energy demand is the key to a low-cost supply

Google has been granted a license to trade energy on the US wholesale market, in an attempt to go green and procure renewable energy. This load-shifting through geographically diverse datacenters may result in significant savings and greener overall energy consumption for the company, and could signal the start of a new trend for companies looking to better manage their energy costs.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Feb 2010
Expert View
Expert View

New sectors are likely to drive growth in the oil and gas market during this decade

While the recession has reduced the strength of some conventional players, it has created an opportunity for others to increase their clout in the segment. The oil and gas sector is likely to witness interesting developments that will provide new opportunities for industry players in this decade, such as an increased focus on unconventional fuels.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Feb 2011
CommentWire
CommentWire

Osaka Gas: redefining the super major

Japan's dependence on liquefied natural gas imports has created a market situation whereby the country boasts a large number of integrated energy companies. However, having invested significantly in Spain's Sagunto terminal, Osaka Gas is leading the way in breaking free of the burden of merely meeting domestic demand to show promise in other fields.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jun 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

TransCanada: diversity of transmission is a threat to the pipeline industry

The Canadian gas supply sector has really suffered in the last three years, with natural gas prices falling by 55% in 2008 due to the recessionary drop in gas demand from Canada and the US. At the same time, shale gas production came online all over North America, exacerbating the gas surplus. This surplus is leading pipeline operators to take desperate measures.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Jan 2011
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK LNG: foreign suppliers are failing to deliver

UK wholesale gas prices have been at a premium to the US market; however, this has failed to encourage LNG shippers, which have diverted tankers away from the UK. Cargo needs, capacity planning and concerns about the security of supply should be raised, given that market fundamentals are not at work. A supply failure, albeit temporary, must be corrected for the market to function efficiently.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Apr 2008

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