Change your Playbook with a Modern C/ETRM system

Post by admin on September 16, 2016


Whether it is the energy or the commodity market, they reflect a 21st century business climate of on-going and fast change. Low prices and new regulations are main reasons for the latest turmoil. Your current playbook does not help protect your current business, nor does it succeed in getting you into new ones.

It’s Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Just ask all of those famous companies that missed the next wave, like Kodak and most recently Nokia. Don’t become a “Kodak Moment:” Change your Playbook with a modern C/ETRM system.

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Parsing your Portfolio for Profitability

Post by admin on August 17, 2016


In the low-margin business of a retail energy supplier, the timely procurement of sufficient wholesale supply at the best possible price and risk level is critical to its profitability.  To answer fundamental questions about supply & demand, portfolio performance, valuations, and profit & loss, requires an integrated system that handles the business processes from supply contracts to settlement, and where the retail sales book is linked to the wholesale sourcing book to facilitate in-depth monitoring and assessment of positions and exposures. Are you able to Parse your Portfolio for Profitability?

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Three Challenges in Turbulent Power Markets

Post by admin on July 18, 2016

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Wholesale energy markets have never been easy and when global deregulation started over 20 years ago, energy trading became more complex giving rise to information technology solutions to address the risks with energy trading: Energy Trading and Risk Management (ETRM) systems.

It was essentially the first message that the use of ETRM systems was the prudent way to help market participants manage complex risk scenarios and effectively trade and manage energy transactions from trade capture to delivery and settlement. Following several years of economic hardship due to the 2008 global financial crises, market participants now face an environment of ever-emerging rules, the effects of renewable energy and competitive pressures.

It is with an effective ETRM system that market participants can respond to three main challenges: Increasing complexity and workload, contain operating cost, and regulatory requirements.

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Your CTRM Solution: Not Just Capturing Deals, but Also the Customer!

Post by admin on June 14, 2016

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As C/ETRM systems advance, delivering the latest technical innovations supporting commodity trading, the successful software vendor will practice what Steve Jobs so famously said: “You’ve got to start with the customer experience and work back toward the technology – not the other way around.”

With C/ETRM systems being such a substantial investment, customers can ill afford failure. Realizing their C/ETRM vision for increased efficiency, cost-effectiveness and happy productive employees, calls for a comprehensive engagement approach that ensures success and delivers a superior customer experience. Prospective customers therefore will be interested to learn from C/ETRM vendors: Is your C/ETRM solution Not Just Capturing Deals, but also the Customer?

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Your Aha! Moment: SettlementTracker a Better Mouse Trap

Post by admin on May 10, 2016

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Progress always involves risk: you can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first. Decision-makers not willing to get out of their comfort zone will choose a solution based on the old adage “you can’t go wrong with IBM.”

A misguided attempt to secure their jobs. Decision-makers interested in real progress and getting ahead are what management consultant Geoffrey Moore calls “early adopters” and “pragmatists in pain.” They go with disruptors who have a better mousetrap to solve problems that can’t be solved with established products.

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Time to ‘Renew’ your RECs/GOs management system?

Post by admin on March 31, 2016


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Market demand for renewable energy continues to grow due to governmental programs, increasing corporate initiatives as well as households voluntarily choosing to purchase ‘green’ energy. Consequently, the volumes of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) guaranteeing that the electricity was produced from a renewable energy resource are swelling.

Apart from the management challenge of tracking RECs and monitoring exposure, those types of certificates that are tradable carry a value and must be settled and reported. This calls for automation of the end-to-end process, from generation to expiration or retirement. Pioneer’s RECTracker provides a robust solution from inventory planning to accounting. Time to ‘renew’ your RECs/GOs management system?

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REMIT Reporting – Are you ready for April 7?

Post by admin on January 28, 2016

EUREMIT reporting of trades executed on Organised Market Places (OMP) started on October 7, 2015. All other trades, i.e. bilateral trades, need to be reported from April 7, 2016. While the October deadline was largely covered by the OMPs, or other services to carry out the reporting on behalf of the market participant, the April deadline is more complex and requires implementation of the right system solution to meet this challenge best. Pioneer Solutions’ REMIT module is ready to support your Standard- and Non-Standard Contract reporting as well as Electricity and Gas Transportation Contracts. Are you ready for April 7?

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Pioneering Views – EMART 2015

Post by admin on November 30, 2015

EMART 2015 welcomed a 700+ audience to Barcelona, from mainly Europe’s Utilities and Trading companies, keen to learn about the future of the European energy market. Among them was Pioneer Solutions ready to share how its next generation energy trading and risk management (ETRM) system supports the pioneering views of the expert speakers.

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The overarching theme was how trading firms will move forward and which trading business models will prosper. New visions were presented in a series of sessions across power and gas trading, and energy market supervision, including the role of renewables, generation capacity mechanisms, short-term trading markets, reporting obligations, volatility of gas prices as well as go-to-market and product ideas. Continue reading


System Flexibility – The secret to Lower Total Cost of Ownership over time.

Post by admin on September 23, 2015

Lower TCOThere is one constant in the energy market and that is change, nowadays even more rapid than before. Consequently, energy market participants need to be able to respond to competitive pressures, regulatory requirements and economic conditions. An effective ETRM system will help in meeting these challenges.

Yet to keep the ETRM system effective requires adaptability to dynamic business environments. With budgets under  pressure, how do you achieve a predictable Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)? A very flexible system – the secret of lower TCO over time!

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‘Backwards’ thinking: A Game Changer

Post by admin on August 18, 2015


In the direction of the back…..that’s where Compliance Officers are looking today and don’t forget the Chief Financial Officers, where every cent counts more than ever. Their thoughts are ‘backwards’. However, if like so many, your existing ETRM system was developed by thinking front [-office] first and the back [-office] was an afterthought, it won’t be easy to produce the reporting your business needs in this ever increasing complex market.

Also, ‘backwards thinking’ is a type of cause-and-effect thinking; would you have looked at the back-office more carefully – then, you would have been able to get out what you put in – now. That realization has sunk in with, the forward thinking companies who in this market of increased regulation, compliance, and competition, recognize: Backwards thinking; A Game Changer!

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