List of Consulting and Systems Integration Firms Specializing in ETRM/CTRM Software

Very often, Commodity Technology Advisory is asked about Consulting Firms and Systems Integrators in the ETRM and CTRM space. Often, people are looking for a company in a specific location or with a specific skill set. In response to these inquiries, ComTech has compiled the following list. This is just a list – it is not meant to be anything more than that. Nonetheless, we do hope that you find it helpful.

If your company is not included in this list and you would like it to appear in future versions, please email us at info@comtechadvisory.com and we will gladly include you.

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RPS and RECs – Managing an Increasing Regulatory Burden

Renewable energy certificates or ‘RECs’ have become the currency of the renewable or green power industry, allowing power providers to expand their product offerings and offer ‘green’ power irrespective of whether or not they can physically generate it. Consumers can also be assured that should they choose to buy renewable power, in support of the renewables suppliers servicing the market, that the power they use has either come directly from a renewable generator, or if a renewable generator is not servicing their facility, that it is offset in the market by power from a renewable source, such as wind, solar or hydro, in another geographic area.

Essentially, as described by the US EPA, a “REC represents the property rights to the environmental, social, and other nonpower qualities of renewable electricity generation. A REC, and its associated attributes and benefits, can be sold separately from the underlying physical electricity associated with a renewable-based generation source.”1 It is the separatability from the underlying physical electricity that actually creates the value and benefits for both the producer of green power, whose investment is supported by selling RECs, and consumers who wish to enjoy the benefits of green power but who may not have direct access to renewable power due to their physical locations.

The driving force behind the development of the REC and its underlying market has been the development of state level renewable portfolio standards or RPS. These either 1) mandate a certain level of electricity servicing the markets in that adopting state be from renewable sources, or 2) set voluntary goals for electricity sold in the states from renewable sources. As of early 2012, 30 States and the District of Columbia had either RPS or similar mandated renewable programs; in addition, a further seven states had established voluntary goals.

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The Evolution of Smart Commodity Management – White Paper

Over the last twenty or more years, global wholesale commodity markets have grown and evolved substantially and in the process, a sizeable new software category has been established. That software category is widely known as Commodity Management (CM) software and, at the highest level, it can be defined as those software applications, architectures and tools that support the business processes associated with managing commodities. CM software therefore comprises a broad set of functions that can vary considerably depending on which commodities are traded, what assets are employed in the business, where those assets are located, and what the nature of the company’s business strategy and associated business processes. CM software continues to evolve quite rapidly in lockstep with the industry. In past years, CM focused squarely on trading and risk management as CTRM software, but in recent years it has been extended into the supply chain with solutions such as shipping and stockyard bulk handling, for example.

As the software category has evolved, so has the volume and nature of the data that the software captures, manipulates and stores. Today, big data is an increasingly important aspect of the commodity management world as vast quantities of many types of structured and unstructured data potentially hold the key to profitability and even survival of companies that sell or purchase commodities and raw materials. As a result, the requirements that users place on CM software are also changing from essentially an after the trade recording and reporting system, to one that provides real intelligence and value back to the business.

This whitepaper briefly examines the history of CM software and looks at how new demands are being placed on the software to make it increasingly of benefit to decision-making and optimization in the business. It also examines how trading and related data has also grown in volume and latency, and changed in complexity, such that CM solutions are challenged to transform big data into actionable insights and strategies for the business. In particular, it looks at how advanced, predictive analytics will be delivered, deployed and used to get the most value from the exponential growth in data being captured.

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