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EEX announces first trade in wood pellet futures
 

The European Energy Exchange registered the first trade on Industrial Wood Pellets Futures on its platform on

Jan. 15. The trade for 10 lots in the Feb. 18 delivery is equivalent to 1,000 metric tons and was brokered by

Tradition on behalf of Vattenfall Energy Trading and Total Gas & Power Ltd.
 
The contracts complement EEX’s product portfolio of energy-related, globally traded commodities and allow market

participants an effective price hedging tool with financially settled futures. Quoted in U.S. dollars, the product offers

access to a wide range of existing EEX market participants, from utilities and producers to traders.
 
“EEX launched this contract to give market participants an opportunity to manage their price risk and to deliver a

clear and transparent price signal for this fast growing commodity. We welcome the support of brokers and their

cooperation in establishing an exchange market for wood pellets,” said Steffen Köhler, chief operating officer of EEX.
 
“Vattenfall is committed to reduce the use of fossil fuels and is a strong supporter of sustainable biomass use in both

our own operations and our customers’ fuel portfolios,” said Christian Joore, lead trader for Vattenfall Energy

Trading. “Therefore we welcome the EEX Wood Pellets Futures initiative, since new financial instruments like these

are valuable tools to effectively hedge biomass price and credit risk in this growing sustainable energy market

segment.”
 
“Tradition is once again at the forefront of the development of these new and exciting environmental markets. We

have a proud history of being ahead of the curve in environmental products and we’re committed to help build a

robust and dynamic biomass market in the coming years,” said David Jenkins, director of biofuels at Tradition.
 
For settlement, EEX uses the Argus cif ARA monthly index as published in "Argus Biomass Markets.”
 
The European Energy Exchange is the leading energy exchange in Europe which develops, operates and connects

secure, liquid and transparent markets for energy and related products. As part of EEX Group, a group of

companies serving international commodity markets, EEX offers contracts on power, emission allowances and

coal as well as freight and agricultural products. EEX is part of Deutsche Börse Group.


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