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Find out about our various Energy Trading learning programmes which can be delivered in-house or at one of our external training centres

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Energy Trading Simulation Courses

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GB Energy Market Simulation

Learn about the complexities of the GB Energy Trading Market using our interactive hands-on simulator

About this Course


In contrast to traditional classroom-based courses, the GB power market simulation course allows participants to put into practice what they have learned immediately, in a ‘safe’ environment. Buying and selling power through the simulator to take or close positions gives them a ‘hands-on’ feel for the operation of the market and some of its risks, such as price discontinuities and lack of liquidity. Running the simulation shows participants what the market is like in practice, with time-limited decisions needing to be made against a background of incomplete information.

What does the course cover:

 

  • GB Power Market: What is BETTA and how does the market work.
  • Day-Ahead Auction: In each scenario, participants get the opportunity to make bids and offers for power in the day-ahead auction, taking account of the physical parameters of the CCGT plant and forward traded positions for power and gas.
  • Within-Day Market:Participants’ auction results are added to their traded position. They proceed to practice trading individual half- hourly periods, as well as balancing gas and carbon, to improve their position.
  • Balancing Market:A simplified representation of the Balancing Mechanism allows participants to offer the inherent flexibility of the Generation Portfolio to the system operator. Accepted bids and offers provide significant financial rewards against relatively small volumes of traded power.
  • Financial Results: The simulation calculates the full and detailed financial results of participants’ activities. This includes the costs and revenues generated from power, gas and carbon trading, activity in the Balancing Mechanism and the results of any imbalances between traded and physical positions.

Who is it for:

  • Generators: give staff an end-to-end view of trading plant with similar characteristics to their own fleet. Operation and trading personnel working together gain an appreciation of each other’s issues and the importance of clear and timely communication.
  • Supplier and Traders: gain insight into the technical and commercial factors that affect price formation by looking at the market from a generator’s perspective
  • Senior Management: understand the risks and opportunities present in the market at a detailed operation level and issues and time pressures facing their traders.
  • Middle and Back Office Staff: experience directly the market and operational issues facing their trading colleagues. The simulation provides first-hand experience of some of the common market risk and errors that occur regularly in trading.

I-SEM (The Integrated Single Electricity Market)

Learn how to trade on the new I-SEM market in Ireland

About this Course


The Integrated Single Electricity Market (I-SEM) is a new wholesale electricity market arrangement for Ireland and Northern Ireland, The new market arrangements are designed to integrate the all-island electricity market with European electricity markets.

What does the course cover:

  • Portfolio Management: Manage generation plant in the I-SEM market including a CCGT, Coal, Pumped Storage & Peaker (OCGT) plant.
  • Portfolio Management: Decide when is the optimal time to run the plants and when to hold back for the balancing Market.
  • Trading: The player will trade individual half- hourly periods, as well as balancing gas and carbon for each of their plants, to improve their financial position.
  • I-SEM Market: Learn the I-SEM market including (Euphemia, Day-Ahead Auction, Intraday Continuous Market, Balancing Market and EU ETS.
  • Market Coupling: The means in which the markets are intergrated to enable cross border trading across Europe.
  • Auction: In each scenario, participants get the opportunity to make bids and offers for power in the day-ahead auction for each plant in their generation portfolio, taking account of the physical parameters of the plants.
  • Continuous Market : The new I-SEM market Operates 24/7, with Continuous Intra-Day Market for each half-hour which is similar to the GB BETTA power and Continental Markets. Trading ceases one-hour ahead of each half-hour of delivery with 'Gate Closure'. From Gate Closure to end of the half-hour, 'trading' takes place with TSOs (Eirgrid/SONI) through the Balancing Mechanism.
  • Balancing Market: A simplified representation of the Balancing Market allows participants to offer the inherent flexibility of the Generation Portfolio to the system operator. Accepted bids and offers provide significant financial rewards against relatively small volumes of traded power. The player will need to decide which plant to hold back to take advantage of market conditions.

Who is it for:

  • Generators: give staff an end-to-end view of trading plant with similar characteristics to their own fleet. Operation and trading personnel working together gain an appreciation of each other’s issues and the importance of clear and timely communication.
  • Supplier and Traders: gain insight into the technical and commercial factors that affect price formation by looking at the market from a generator’s perspective
  • Senior Management: understand the risks and opportunities present in the market at a detailed operation level and issues and time pressures facing their traders.
  • Middle and Back Office Staff: experience directly the market and operational issues facing their trading colleagues. The simulation provides first-hand experience of some of the common market risk and errors that occur regularly in trading.

Long Term GB Trading Simulation

Trading on the Long Term Market, buying and selling core electricity trading products through brokers or over the counter

About this Course


The game simulates a trading situation where the players are in charge of a 420 MW Power Station with the objective to make the highest profit while making sure the correct hedging strategies are used and credit is kept under control.

What does the course cover:

  • GB Market: What is BETTA and how does the market operate.
  • Overview: Wholesale market for electricity trading.
  • Credit:  Managing internal and external credit Limits
  • Stock Management: Balance Fuel purchase and stock management.
  • Carbon:  Learn how the Carbon Market works and buy and sell certificates.
  • Products: Core electricity trading products (Baseload, Peak, EFA Slots etc.)
  • Brokers:  Understand how to trade the long term market on integrated broker screens (Trayport)
  • Spreads:  Understand spreads and how they work (Spark Spread, Clean Spark Spread)
  • Renewables: Impact of renewables to pricing and optimisation opportunities.
  • Hedging: The reason for electricity trading and hedging.
  • Credit Constraints: The impact of credit constraints on hedging activities.

Who is it for:

  • Generators: give staff an end-to-end view of trading plant with similar characteristics to their own fleet. Operation and trading personnel working together gain an appreciation of each other’s issues and the importance of clear and timely communication.
  • Supplier and Traders: gain insight into the technical and commercial factors that affect price formation by looking at the market from a generator’s perspective.
  • Senior Management: understand the risks and opportunities present in the market at a detailed operation level and issues and time pressures facing their traders.
  • Middle and Back Office Staff: experience directly the market and operational issues facing their trading colleagues. The simulation provides first-hand experience of some of the common market risk and errors that occur regularly in trading.
  • Included in the ticket price: Admission to the 8 hour workshop, use of simulation and course notes.
  • Who is putting it on: Apt Energy Solutions offers a range of on and off-line trading courses, interactive simulations where students come together to analyse, share ideas and learn.

Cross Border

In contrast to traditional classroom-based courses, the European Cross Border simulation course allows participants to put into practice what they have learned immediately, in a ‘safe’ environment.

About this Course


Trading across Europe optimising a portfolio of physical assets looking to mlock in profit and seeking arbitrage opportunities.

What does the course cover:

  • Portfolio: The European Cross Border simulation includes learning about aportfolio of power assets and their environmental impact,
  • Assets: Differentiate power assets and their environmental impact
  • Trading: Power trading and asset dispatch (asset backed trading)
  • Arbitrage: Find Cross border arbitrage trading opportunities
  • Imbalance: Position management and the consequences of imbalance
  • Merit Order: Understand Incremental prices and merit order
  • Trading deadlines: Work to deadlines and avoid painfull out of balance charges
  • Cross Border: Simulates energy trading on the European electricity market. Participants practice various trading simulations on five European stock exchanges, in the process learning value-optimized power plant management in  Germany, France, England, Sweden and Poland.

Who is it for:

  • Generators: give staff an end-to-end view of trading plant with similar characteristics to their own fleet. Operation and trading personnel working together gain an appreciation of each other’s issues and the importance of clear and timely communication.
  • Supplier and Traders: gain insight into the technical and commercial factors that affect price formation by looking at the market from a generator’s perspective.
  • Senior Management: understand the risks and opportunities present in the market at a detailed operation level and issues and time pressures facing their traders.
  • Middle and Back Office Staff: experience directly the market and operational issues facing their trading colleagues. The simulation provides first-hand experience of some of the common market risk and errors that occur regularly in trading.
  • Included in the ticket price: Admission to the 8 hour workshop, use of simulation and course notes.
  • Who is putting it on: Apt Energy Solutions offers a range of on and off-line trading courses, interactive simulations where students come together to analyse, share ideas and learn.

Futures & Options

The computer-based Simulation Game Proprietary Trading gives participants an introduction to so-called proprietary trading. Through speculative buying and selling of trading products, participants gain insight into profit maximisation through proprietary training. In addition, participants learn the fundamentals of options in the electricity market.

About this Course


As a trader for an energy supplier now who wants to increase his profit by taking advantage of different market developments, analysing the market and buying or selling Futures according to our trading strategies.

What does the course cover:

  • Overview: Learn about Proprietary tradingand how it works.
  • Trading Strategy: Monitoring and interpretation of price-influencing factors
  • Price Analysis: Chart analysis, fundamental analysis and Techincal analysis.
  • Fundamental Analysis: Mathematical models to calculate the power prices in advance and gain a deeper understanding of the connections and interactions on the market.
  • Chart Analysis: Chart analysis describes a multitude of techniques that try to forecast future price developments with the help of historic price trends.
  • Technical Analysis: Baed on mathematical curve functions (Moving Average (MA), Bollinger bands, Momentum, Relative strength index (RSI) etc).
  • MTM:  Mark-to-Market is the Measure for the current liquidation value of a portfolio, i.e. the aggregated difference between the contracted and the actual market price for each position
  • Optimal Trading: Learn when is the right time for optimal buying and selling.
  • Profit: Profit optimisation through buying and using call out options with other simple strategies

Who is it for:

  • Supplier and Traders: gain insight into the technical and commercial factors that affect price formation by looking at the market from a generator’s perspective.
  • Senior Management: understand the risks and opportunities present in the market at a detailed operation level and issues and time pressures facing their traders.
  • Middle and Back Office Staff: experience directly the market and operational issues facing their trading colleagues. The simulation provides first-hand experience of some of the common market risk and errors that occur regularly in trading.
  • Included in the ticket price: Admission to the 8 hour workshop, use of simulation and course notes.
  • Who is putting it on: Apt Energy Solutions offers a range of on and off-line trading courses, interactive simulations where students come together to analyse, share ideas and learn.

German Short Term

The computer-based simulation game short-term simulates the use of a gas and steam power plant on the wholesale market. Marketing is carried out in day-ahead auctions and on the intraday market. Power plant resource scheduling takes place at the same time and must take into consideration start-up costs as well as technical restrictions of the power plant.

About this Course


The computer-based simulation game short-term simulates the use of a gas and steam power plant on the wholesale market. Marketing is carried out in day-ahead auctions and on the intraday market. Power plant resource scheduling takes place at the same time and must take into consideration start-up costs as well as technical restrictions of the power plant.

What does the course cover:

  • Overview: The objective is to sell our electricity short term on the spot market via an exchange or In bilateral trades.
  • Auction: Preparation and submission of day-ahead bids.
  • Continuous Market: Intraday power plant optimisation.
  • Balancing: Balancing of schedule deviations.
  • Plant: Response to ramping up/down as well as to technical restrictions.
  • Profit: Profit maximisation through power plant optimisation and speculative trading.
  • Scheduling: Power plant Nominations and scheduling with TSO.

Who is it for:

  • Supplier and Traders: gain insight into the technical and commercial factors that affect price formation by looking at the market from a generator’s perspective.
  • Senior Management: understand the risks and opportunities present in the market at a detailed operation level and issues and time pressures facing their traders.
  • Middle and Back Office Staff: experience directly the market and operational issues facing their trading colleagues. The simulation provides first-hand experience of some of the common market risk and errors that occur regularly in trading.
  • Included in the ticket price: Admission to the 8 hour workshop, use of simulation and course notes.
  • Who is putting it on: Apt Energy Solutions offers a range of on and off-line trading courses, interactive simulations where students come together to analyse, share ideas and learn.