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Will the Emission Trading System stay on track?

By | 2020-05-20T09:05:10+00:00 May 20th, 2020|Categories: Energy Markets, Featured, M·Blog|Tags: , , |

The financial crisis of 12 years ago had such an impact on the economic growth path and corresponding emission levels that the price for CO2 emission rights did not recover until recently policy changes came into effect that reduced the surplus of emission rights caused in the market. Is the EU Emission Trading System now better [...]

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The Covid-19 emergency and its impact on the photovoltaic sector

By | 2020-05-14T09:40:59+00:00 May 12th, 2020|Categories: Electricity Markets, Energy Markets, Featured, Italy, M·Blog|Tags: , , |

In an earlier blog, we put on the table how the energy market in Italy has been radically affected by the Covid-19 health emergency. We recall that, among the different European member states, Italy was chronologically the first victim of the pandemic and a symbol of example for the rest of the European countries on the [...]

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Is the market “broken”? What can we expect now?

By | 2020-05-07T08:10:22+00:00 May 7th, 2020|Categories: Electricity Markets, Energy Markets, Energy Policies, Featured, Gas, M·Blog|Tags: , , |

For weeks, COVID19 has monopolized the titles, news, articles, blogs, opinions and comments. We are not going to talk about what the arrival of this virus has meant, but it is necessary to reflect on the scenario in which energy markets are now, on which we have to make decisions (now and in the coming years). [...]

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The virus that popped (or didn’t pop) the bubble

By | 2020-04-21T13:14:35+00:00 April 21st, 2020|Categories: Energy Markets, Energy Policies, Featured, M·Blog, Spain|Tags: , , |

The coronavirus has caused an unprecedented global health and economic crisis. The energy sector, as a key actor, has been particularly affected by this crisis, but is also a key sector for the global response and recovery efforts. Energy security continues to be an area of particular focus and the crisis has put a premium on [...]

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OPEC+ new deal: The antidote? Or just another vaccine?

By | 2020-04-15T13:08:03+00:00 April 15th, 2020|Categories: Energy Markets, Featured, Gas, M·Blog, Oil, Portugal, Spain|Tags: , , |

After one month of a dramatic break-up and a beginning of an oil war between Russia and the Saudi Arabia, history was made last Sunday with a renewed agreement achieved by OPEC + of 9.7 million barrels per day (mbpd) oil output cut. A 10 million bpd oil reduction is the biggest cut ever agreed in [...]

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Pandemics and oil

By | 2020-04-08T17:04:45+00:00 April 8th, 2020|Categories: Energy Markets, Featured, Gas, M·Blog, Oil, Spain|Tags: , , |

Global oil and gas markets are facing an unprecedented situation: demand is collapsing because of the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) while supply, already overabundant, is significantly increasing. In some countries, large-scale production and exports of oil and gas provide vital income to finance their national budgets, which means volatility in global energy markets can translate [...]

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Italy: a country on its knees. The energy sector hard hit by the COVID-19 spread.

By | 2020-03-26T13:09:27+00:00 March 26th, 2020|Categories: Electricity Markets, Energy Markets, Featured, Gas, Italy, M·Blog|Tags: , , |

Today we are talking about a subject that is particularly close to my heart, which is my country of origin, Italy. In recent weeks, it has been the first in our continent to be the main character of the coronavirus fury. We will see how the epidemic has hit the Italian energy sector hardly, creating dynamics [...]

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Bad break ups hurt, also in the oil market

By | 2020-03-24T12:38:52+00:00 March 24th, 2020|Categories: Energy Markets, Featured, Gas, M·Blog, Oil|Tags: , , |

In the current situation of entire economies being paralyzed by the coronavirus outbreak, you would think oil producing nations (like everyone else) have enough to worry about. With much economic activity including international air travel coming to a standstill, the loss of demand is enormous. Nevertheless, OPEC and Russia not only failed to come to a [...]

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MIBGAS – A fast growing market

By | 2020-02-25T15:36:16+00:00 February 25th, 2020|Categories: Energy Markets, Featured, Gas, M·Blog, Spain|Tags: , , |

After the shale revolution that boomed the gas market in the U.S.A. and the climate act in China, that intended to rapidly shift from coal to gas in 2017, 2019 was the year that natural gas reshaped the energy mix in Europe. In Spain, this commodity changed dramatically the energy mix as well as the energy [...]

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The status quo of “Demand Response”

By | 2020-02-18T12:26:57+00:00 February 18th, 2020|Categories: Electricity Markets, Energy Markets, Featured, M·Blog, Spain|Tags: , , |

The electricity grid must always be in balance, which means that, at each moment, production must equal consumption. This is a well-known premise and is where the complexity of the electricity market lies. It is well known that the demand for electricity throughout the day and throughout the year is not flat: there are hourly and [...]

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