James Allen


James Allen has over a decade’s experience as an expert energy analyst.

He reported on the main trends affecting global wholesale energy markets as head of Montel’s real-time newswire bureau in Manhattan for five years, covering areas such as LNG, pipelines, coal, carbon, power, oil, generation spreads, utility hedging and regulation.

Prior to joining Montel, he was Team Leader of the power markets desk at Platts, a huge energy price reporting agency.

He brings a wealth of expertise and a rolodex of key contacts, including energy insiders, CEOs, analysts and experts to his role as Editor of Exponential Energy Fortunes here at Southbank Investment Research.

  • My e-bike’s already broken but I’m still an e-believer

    My e-bike broke. That’s an opening line I neither wanted nor expected to write just two weeks after getting my hands on the thing. But there you go. It was only my fourth time riding it and all. The particulars of what…

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  • Killed by a rose

    The first patient to be treated with penicillin was an English policeman called Albert Alexander. The year was 1940. While pruning roses in the garden of his pretty Oxfordshire cottage Albert scratched his face on a thorn. A minor injury…

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  • Dethroning the king?

    When you think of world-defining tech, what do you think of? Artificial intelligence? Virtual reality? Space travel? What about energy storage? It might not have the same glamour we imagine when we thing of breakthrough technology, but being able to…

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  • A “hysterical pseudo religion”

    A “hysterical pseudo religion”. That’s what Democratic Unionist Party MP Sammy Wilson has to say about climate change. It’s a contentious issue, and something this heatwave has had me thinking about recently. Right now London does, literally, seem to be…

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  • How Big Oil set the energy storage revolution in motion

    A scientist, Stanley Whittingham, was working in a lab researching alternative energy production and storage. He was, to be precise, looking at how to make and develop a fully functioning rechargeable battery. Rechargeable batteries had been around for decades when…

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  • Consensus is forming…

    Talk about good timing. I wrote yesterday about how blockchain technology is going to disrupt the energy markets right across the value chain, from producers to consumers and via distribution and trading. As it turns out, I’m far from alone…

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  • What my inbox tells me about energy’s next big thing

    How do you know when an idea or concept starts the move from the fringes into the mainstream? In my previous profession, journalism, one way to gauge this was by monitoring your inbox. Specifically, the press releases emailed from companies…

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