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  • October 20, 2021 8:00 AM | EMA Staff (Administrator)

    (October 20)

    HOUSTON –Bracewell LLP ranked among the top legal advisors for energy and utilities transactions in the United States, Canada and Europe in S&P Global’s Q3 2021 league tables. Bracewell was #17 by number of deals and #18 by transactional value.

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  • October 19, 2021 12:00 PM | EMA Staff (Administrator)

    (October 19)

    Ecoslops, the cleantech that brings oil into the circular economy, is pleased to announce its agreement with  Mercuria Energy Group, one of the largest global independent energy traders with a presence in 50 countries and more than US$100 billion of revenue. 

    Ecoslops and Mercuria will work jointly on a feasibility study for developing collection and recycling port infrastructure (Marpol Annex I) in the Middle East and South East Asia regions that would meet the highest standards of service and compliance using state-of-the-art technology.

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  • October 18, 2021 12:51 PM | Anonymous

    [October 18, 2021 – Washington, DC) - The Market Principles Committee of The Environmental Markets Association (EMA) announced the release of their latest position paper in response to the growing discussion around Carbon Taxes. The article co-authored by Christian Hofer of Sol Systems, Ryan Andre of C-Quest Capital, and Ken Nelson of Blue Delta Energy outlines and describes the advantages of carbon markets over carbon taxes as a market-based policy mechanism for reducing carbon emissions.

    As Benjamin Franklin famously wrote, "Nothing is certain except death and taxes in this world." During the Earth's climate crisis and the beginning of what scientists are calling the sixth mass extinction of biodiversity, failure to solve the problem of excess greenhouse gas emissions ("carbon emissions") will certainly lead to more of the former.  But does humanity's attempt to reduce carbon emissions need to result in the latter? 

    "The EMA Market Principles Committee is pleased to release this article discussing the advantages of carbon markets," said Christian Hofer, Chair of The Market Principles Committee. "Thoughtful market design is a critical aspect of successful market-based solutions. We hope that this article increases awareness and encourages more debate about the types of economic and environmental policies that the world is pursuing to solve the problem of climate change."

    Click here to read: "Carbon Taxes v. Carbon Markets: The Easy or the Right Way?

    EMA strongly supports the utilization of markets to achieve environmental policy goals. Well-designed markets yield many benefits, including, but not limited to, transparent price signals determined through competition, risk mitigation opportunities, incentives for technological innovation, efficient allocation of capital and resources, investor certainty, and ratepayer protection.  To that end, EMA endorses the following principles for meeting environmental policy goals through market-based programs:

    •       Tradeable Products

    •       Market-Based Pricing 

    •       Market Design that Fosters Transparency, Competition, and Liquidity

    •       Market Oversight 

    •       Market Integrity and Stability

    Click here to learn more about EMA's Market Principles.


    EMA's Market Principles Committee focuses on identifying and advancing market-based principles adopted by EMA through developing and disseminating educational resources and informational toolkits for EMA members and environmental market stakeholders.


    EMA is a 25-year-old pro-environment, pro-business, and pro-competitive markets industry trade association.  Its mission is to promote open, competitive, and tradable market-based solutions to solve environmental challenges using environmental commodities and financial instruments while simultaneously supporting sustainable economic development.  The EMA does this through education, advocacy, and networking opportunities for its members and the public.  Join us today at


    ABOUT CHRISTIAN HOFER, LEAD AUTHOR – Mr. Hofer is an EMA Board of Director and serves as Chair of the Market Principles Committee, which aims to increase awareness about the advantages of market-based solutions for achieving sustainable development.  He is a Senior Director of Trading at Sol Systems, a leading renewable energy infrastructure developer in North America.  Prior to his role at Sol Systems, he led corporate development for Skystream Markets, a firm dedicated to building environmental commodity trading platforms.  Mr. Hofer has over a decade of experience transacting in environmental and capital markets. He holds a BS in Finance from the University of Connecticut School of Business, where he also published an economic thesis on the use of carbon offsets for implementing reforestation.


    ABOUT RYAN ANDRE, CO-AUTHOR – Mr. Andre is Deputy General Counsel at C-Quest Capital, a social impact project developer headquartered in Washington, D.C., utilizing carbon finance to provide access to clean energy technologies in countries across Sub-Saharan Africa, Central America, and Southeast Asia to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the health and welfare of those in need.  Mr. Andre's background is in domestic and international environmental law and policy.  Prior to his work with C-Quest Capital, Mr. Andre worked in private practice supporting and advising clean-tech companies on a diverse set of business and regulatory issues, including environmental markets, biofuels, renewable energy generation, and advanced recycling.  He has a master's degree in environmental policy from Cambridge University and a juris doctor from Vermont Law School. 


    ABOUT KEN NELSON, PEER REVIEWER AND CONTENT CONTRIBUTOR – Mr. Nelson is an EMA Board of Director and serves as Chair of the Policy Advocacy Committee, which serves as the clearing house for identifying, reviewing, and approving any action on policy matters as it pertains to local, regional, state and federal policy that impacts EMA and its members.  He is the co-founder and president of Blue Delta Energy, a firm that engages across the many environmental markets and advocates for policy frameworks to ensure its clients achieve their clean energy and emission reduction goals. He has traded the North American energy and environmental markets since 1989 and has extensive experience in power, transmission congestion, capacity, propane, natural gas, biofuels, RECs, energy efficiency credits, RINs, LCFS credits, carbon allowances and carbon offsets.  Prior to co-founding Blue Delta, Mr. Nelson led the renewables desk at Element Markets. He has also worked at Sempra Energy Solutions, Citigroup, TransAlta, Dynegy, PG&E Energy Trading, and Texaco. He holds a BS in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana and an MBA in Finance and Business from the University of Houston.


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  • October 18, 2021 9:30 AM | EMA Staff (Administrator)

    (October 18)

    LS Power and SK E&S also announce the formation of a strategic task force to identify additional clean technology opportunities

    LS Power, a leading development, investment and operating company focused on the North American power and energy infrastructure sector, today announced that SK E&S Co., Ltd. (“SK E&S”), a global leader in clean energy solutions headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, will become an equity investor in REV Renewables, LLC (“REV”), an LS Power company focused on the development, acquisition and operation of renewables and energy storage.

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  • September 30, 2021 11:30 AM | EMA Staff (Administrator)

    (September 30)

    In this fascinating podcast, Marex’s Anna Stablum and Marcel Dietsch, Head of Quantamental Analytics, discuss the impact of higher energy costs on metal markets, ESG and decarbonisation, and Marcel’s latest Nowcast research on stagflation, with reading  for Q3 at high levels, which he describes as a “bad economic cocktail…” 

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  • September 28, 2021 10:00 AM | EMA Staff (Administrator)

    (September 28)

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Duke Energy Foundation has awarded $170,000 in nature grants to support a wide range of environmental initiatives across North Carolina, funding stewardship and educational programs that help communities protect their natural resources and mitigate the effects of climate change.

    Since 2015, the Duke Energy Foundation has awarded more than 150 nature grants in North Carolina totaling nearly $7 million, investing in and working beside environmentally focused community partners to protect and increase access to the state’s natural resources.

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  • September 28, 2021 10:00 AM | EMA Staff (Administrator)

    (September 28, 2021) - Marex has agreed to acquire Volcap Trading (‘Volcap’), which will further expand the group’s offering in bespoke structured products and commodities.

    Since it was established in 2015, Volcap has built an award-winning soft commodity and bespoke structured product business that designs, structures and implements investment strategies across a wide range of financial assets. The business operates out of offices in London and Paris, with 19 employees and an extensive network of corporate customers, private banks, asset managers and family offices clients across Europe, Middle East, Asia and the Americas.

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  • September 28, 2021 8:57 AM | Anonymous

    (September 28, 2021) - The Environmental Markets Association (EMA) is proud to welcome Stephen McComb of IncubEx and Lance Titus of Uniper as new Board members. Ken Nelson of Blue Delta Energy was re-elected to serve another three-year term with the Board.  

    “As a volunteer-run organization, we rely heavily on our members to create new initiatives and programs within our three committees: Events, Policy Advocacy, and Market Principles.EMA is in a key position to make significant impacts in the industry and we are excited to leverage the energy and insights of our new Board members while building off of the foundation set by our existing Board,” said EMA Board President, Jack Velasquez of Marex Spectron.

    Dan Scarbrough of IncubEx after three consecutive terms, most of which were served as the Treasurer of the Board, will be passing the baton during the formal Board transition on October 12th at EMA’s 25thAnnual Meeting.  

    Current EMA Board Members include Jack Velasquez of Marex Spectron, Sean Barwin of CBL Markets, Christian Hofer of Sol Systems, and Joe Roenbeck of PSEG.  


    About EMA

    The Environmental Markets Association is a 25-year-old pro-environment, pro-business, pro-competitive markets industry trade association with a mission to promote open, competitive and tradable market-based solutions to solve environmental challenges while simultaneously supporting sustainable economic development. EMA does this through education, advocacy, and networking opportunities for its members and the public. Learn more and join today at

    About Stephen McComb, IncubEx

    Stephen McComb is a Chicago-based economist and environmental and energy executive who currently serves as a senior vice president of IncubEx. McComb joined IncubEx in 2019 as a senior vice president. He spent six and a half years at the Intercontinental Exchange in environmental market roles after it acquired the Chicago Climate Exchange in 2010. McComb has also serve as an economist for the State Utility Forecasting Group at Purdue University.  He has also been a member of the Ontario Energy Board. McComb served in the Canadian armed services for three years as an infantryman.

    About Ken Nelson, Blue Delta Energy

    Ken Nelson brings a uniquely broad perspective to the REC market. He has traded the North American energy markets since 1989 in biofuels, propane, natural gas and power and has been active in RECs as a supplier, aggregator and compliance buyer. Ken has experience in a number of compliance and voluntary environmental credit markets, including Energy Efficiency Credits, RINs and LCFS Credits, Greenhouse Gas Credits and Offsets, and Federal Emission Reduction Credits.  During more than 20 years in physical and financial energy markets, Ken has managed regional power desks (where he traded the term, spot, speculative, and asset books); and traded natural gas, power, transmission congestion, capacity, emissions, and renewable energy credits. His experience spans every NERC power region and North American gas region, including Canada and Mexico. Prior to co-founding Blue Delta, Ken led the renewables desk at Element Markets. Ken also has worked at Sempra Energy Solutions, where he was a regional pricing director, and at Citigroup, TransAlta, Dynegy, PG&E Energy Trading, Enron, and Texaco. He holds a BS in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana and an MBA in Finance and Business from the University of Houston.


    About Lance Titus, Uniper

    Mr. Lance Titus serves as Managing Director of Business Development, Origination and Structured Transactions at Uniper Global Commodities. He has over twenty years of commodities trading, structuring and risk management experience. Having held senior leadership roles from Wall Street to the energy industry, working for an investment bank, as well as for leading utilities, unregulated entities and merchant energy firms. He has transacted over $15 Billion in deals across the energy and environmental commodity markets with a sector focus in electricity, natural gas, renewables, carbon and emissions. Mr. Titus has been a featured panelist at Bloomberg’s “The Future of Energy Summit” in New York, and also serves as an adjunct professor for the course, “Foundations of Commodities” at the University of Colorado Denver. Mr. Titus holds an MBA from the University of Denver, Daniels College of Business. and a B.S. degree in Finance and Marketing from Clarion University. He serves on the Advisory Board of,  is a member of the J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities Advisory Council, serves on its Research Council and is a member of the Global Commodities Applied Research Digest Editorial Advisory Board.



  • September 28, 2021 6:30 AM | EMA Staff (Administrator)

    (September 28, 2021) - These results reflect the ongoing execution of our growth strategy and the energy and dedication of our people, and I am pleased that we are delivering on the commitments we made earlier this year.

    Marex is reaping the benefits of the strategic diversification of our revenues, across products and markets and our ongoing expansion into new, value-add areas which complement our core businesses. This means that we are able to offer our clients a compelling one-stop-shop solution and grow our market share. 

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  • September 24, 2021 8:00 AM | EMA Staff (Administrator)

    (September 24, 2021) - Lilac Solutions, a lithium extraction technology company, announced today the first close of a $150 million Series B financing led by Lowercarbon Capital and funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc.

    Additional new investors include Mercuria Energy Trading and Valor Equity Partners; existing investors Breakthrough Energy Ventures and The Engine also participated in the round.

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