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Report on Nordic power market default

A report has been published by Finanstilsynet, the Norwegian National Competent Authority, on the issues that contributed to a large default that took place last September 2018 on the Nordic power market (see here). The report identifies issues with the exchange operator who, according to this report on Reuters, relied too heavily on resources in … Continue reading

Second fine in Denmark for capacity hoarding

Yesterday the Danish Utility Regulator announced that Neas Energy A/S has accepted a fine of 150,000 DKK (approximately 20,000 euros) and 3,000 DKK (approximately 400 euros) disgorgement for capacity hoarding on 4 occasions in 2015. The press release from the DUR can be found here. This follows a fine for similar reasons levied in December (see … Continue reading

Brexit update: ACER REMIT letter and more

After a seasonal break, the politics around Brexit have come back to full speed (for example see here on the BBC web site).  In the meantime, more developments are becoming apparent in terms of the rules covered on this blog: Yesterday, ACER issued this open letter, which highlights some of the issues that may occur … Continue reading

New REMIT documents – Reporting format change evaluation and target date, Fundamental data and inside information and UTI generation

ACER yesterday published several new and updated documents related to REMIT: ACER has published an evaluation of responses to the consultation run on the revision of electronic formats for transaction data, fundamental data and inside information reporting. It can be found here. The document announces that changes to the REMIT reporting formats can be expected … Continue reading

GB Capacity Market developments

Last November, the GB Capacity Market was suspended, following a ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) that the design broke the state aid rules of the European Union (see here). Since the suspension, the UK’s department for Business, Energy and Industry Strategy (BEIS) has announced that  existing payments will be honoured for now, … Continue reading

Anti abuse cases in the US and open anti abuse forum

The end of 2018 and first few days of 2019 have seen some anti abuse developments in the US, following the failed case highlighted in this post. The case of Australian trader Jiongsheng “Jim” Zhao saw further developments this week. In January 2018, Zhao was arrested in Australia following charges of spoofing on the CME … Continue reading

MiFID II is one year old

It is one year today since MiFID II started to apply, on 3rd January 2018. The rule-set affects those in energy and commodities in different degrees, depending on whether any entities are required to become Investment Firms due to the inability to use one of the exemptions available under MiFID II Article 2(1). For the … Continue reading

What could 2019 have in store for us?

As the working year of 2019 opens, it is worth taking a few moments to consider what will keep us busy in the regulatory world of energy and commodity trading over the coming months. As usual on this blog, we will focus on Europe, with an eye on the rest of the world. The era … Continue reading