How transparent are the processes within energy trading?
When more sellers and buyers enter exchange trading or off-exchange trading, when trading volume (liquidity) increases, when information density is high, when pricing becomes more reliable and the margin between supply and demand prices smaller – these are all indicators for a functioning and transparent market that will produce fair prices.
Efficient trading needs common information standards: what is published where and at when? A lack of transparency is a common complaint from the public in connection with the trading of energy. “RWE is taking a totally different approach towards this,” Dr. Karl-Peter Horstman explains. “Just have a look on the internet,” so the legal expert,”there you will find an abundance of precise information about RWE’s electricity generation.”
The current megawatt output of each individual RWE power plant for example – just a mouse click away. Or power plant outages – when and why they occurred and by how much the megawatt output was down. “All this is essential information for energy traders,” Horstmann says. RWE even goes one step further: information about planned stoppages, for example when an overhaul is due, is also accessible online. The same standard applies to renewables. Karl-Peter Horstmann: “hydropower, wind park or biomass – all data is accessible for anyone within seconds at www.rwetransparent.com.”
With this initiative, RWE wants to lead the way in increasing confidence in the price mechanisms on the European market.