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4 ways a “Hard Brexit” could impact the UK Energy Markets

By | 2018-06-12T15:37:17+00:00 November 14th, 2016|Categories: Energy Markets, Energy Policies, Featured, M·Blog|Tags: , , , |

Since Theresa May became the new British Prime Minister last July, she has been determined to deliver Brexit by the end of March 2017. However, High Court recently ruled that Article 50 (a formal exit clause  for countries to leave the EU) process cannot be triggered without the approval of the Parliament, which was a huge [...]

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Adjustment services costs: The Emergence of Renewables

By | 2018-06-12T15:37:18+00:00 October 31st, 2016|Categories: Electricity Markets, Featured, M·Blog|Tags: , |

Just over two years ago, when forecasting the evolution of electrical system adjustment services, major energy companies and industry experts predicted a possible increase in costs in the following years. These costs are transferred to the final customer irrespective of the product has been contracted. With an increased participation of renewable energy technologies, which are considered [...]

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ARAMCO: The awakening of a sleeping giant

By | 2018-06-12T15:37:18+00:00 September 12th, 2016|Categories: Energy Markets, Featured, M·Blog|Tags: , , |

This year crude oil markets are going through a turbulent process. Nobody seems to be willing to reduce their market share, no matter how low prices get nor how many supports are broken in the charts. In addition, a slow-growing and relatively flat global demand (around 96m barrels per day) is being outgrown by an oversupplied [...]

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BATTERIES – We need an Energy Miracle!!!

By | 2018-06-12T15:37:18+00:00 July 29th, 2016|Categories: Energy Markets, Featured, M·Blog|Tags: , |

Day after day we are seeing how the interest in new energy storage solutions is increasing. The main driver is the current revolution in battery technology, such as those of world famous company Tesla, which prolongs its duration and reduces its cost. They are making electric vehicles more attractive. The continuous drop in battery costs is [...]

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A tricky Question – Is the COAL ENDED?

By | 2018-06-12T15:37:17+00:00 July 5th, 2016|Categories: Coal, Featured, M·Blog|Tags: , , , |

In 2006, Al Gore’s documentary entitled “An Inconvenient Truth” shocked the World with a catastrophic scenario that we would be facing if drastic measures wouldn’t be taken. Expressions like global warming, climate change, sustainable growth, air pollution, green energy, etc. gained momentum and energy, environmental and economy policy roadmaps were developed and implemented to avoid that [...]

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BREXIT: High Risk towards the European Energy Policy

By | 2018-06-12T15:37:19+00:00 May 19th, 2016|Categories: Energy Markets, Energy Policies, Featured, M·Blog|Tags: , |

On 23 June, British citizens will decide whether they want to remain a member in the European Union. The so-called “Brexit” referendum represents another factor of uncertainty to add to the list of facts that have been developed in the beginning of the year. In the event that UK decides to abandon the European project, we [...]

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A glimpse at Portugal’s Energy Path

By | 2018-06-12T15:37:17+00:00 May 10th, 2016|Categories: Energy Markets, Featured, M·Blog, Portugal|Tags: , |

The International Energy Agency (IEA) recently released the Evaluation report about Portugal and its Energy Policy performance. The present article summarizes this document, focusing on the overall performance and the future steps suggested by the EIA. Portugal is a leader and a pioneer when it comes to renewable energy and energy efficiency matters. Recent data from [...]

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2016, the year of a Mediterranean Gas Hub?

By | 2018-06-12T15:37:17+00:00 January 26th, 2016|Categories: Featured, Gas, M·Blog|Tags: , |

2015 has been a miserable year for oil, characterized by sudden collapses proponents of large losses for companies and investors in this business. The prospect of an improvement in 2016 for the hydrocarbon industry seems to be very unlikely, obscured by the obvious problems of oversupply and dramatically weak demand. For oil giants, new year will [...]

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A winter to remember: the Hike of Interest Rates

By | 2018-06-12T15:37:17+00:00 December 1st, 2015|Categories: Energy Policies, Featured, M·Blog, Oil|Tags: , |

After the publication of data on the level of employment by the Labor Department of the United States, a few weeks ago, the Fed announced the possibility of increasing interest rates before the end of the year. This news was taken by the markets and in general by the economic system, as a sign that the [...]

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Buy electricity directly to wholesale market – the next frontier?

By | 2018-06-12T15:37:19+00:00 September 14th, 2015|Categories: Electricity Markets, Featured, M·Blog|Tags: |

Every company seeks to lower costs more efficiently. One of them is the energy: in Spain seems to be above our European neighbors. Since 2012, the price in the future wholesale market has traded between 10% and 20%, on average, higher than countries such as France and Germany. The energy production mix causes this difference, and [...]

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