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Tim Belden

Tim is a policy wonk! In 1992, he was drawn to the energy industry because it presented interesting environmental policy challenges. In the early 1990’s he worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where he authored numerous papers analyzing state and federal electricity policies. His energy education continued at UC Berkeley where earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy while studying Microeconomics, Statistics, Futures and Options Markets, and Analytic Methods for Energy and Resources. An early pioneer in electricity trading, he held positions at The Williams Companies, Portland General Electric, Enron, and UBS. Tim served in several capacities – trading his own profitable book, building and managing successful trading teams, designing and implementing risk management systems, and innovating in renewable and retail electricity markets. Tim also has experience as an energy developer -- as a member of a small, alternative fuels development team he wore many hats. These included transaction structuring, interfacing with private equity and investment banks, negotiating supply and off-take agreements, and other aspects of the development process. Originally from Upstate New York, Tim and his family have enjoyed sunny Portland, Oregon since 1996.


Jeff Richter

Jeff likes numbers! After graduating from the University of Minnesota, he started his career out as a high school math teacher in Houston, Texas, where he taught students the fine art of Algebra all the way up to Calculus. He entered the energy industry as a technologist in 1997. He was drawn to energy trading, where he quickly picked up on energy fundamentals, risk management, data analysis, and portfolio management. Since this time, he has honed his craft by combining his math and technology skills with trading roles at Enron, UBS, and Saracen. He has developed fundamental analysis systems, traded power and natural gas portfolios, and managed a retail power business. He has been part of numerous early-stage energy startup businesses including UBS Trading, Baard Energy, and Bentek Energy. Originally from Wisconsin, Jeff and his family make their home in Portland, Oregon. He is a serious Green Bay Packers fan.


John Oh

John is a data guy. Since graduating in 2001 with a degree in Computer Science from the University of Oregon, John has found himself at the cross roads of data and energy analysis throughout his tenure in the energy industry. He is a "one stop shop" with the rare combination of advanced technology skills and serious energy market analytical chops. John has led the electricity and natural gas fundamental analysis efforts at Centaurus, EDF Trading, Constellation and Enron. He has traded his own book and provided vital tools to traders including stack models, hydro models, load/resource balance models and a variety of other tools that help traders identify under - or over - valued assets. For more than ten years, John's insights and models have consistently led to profitable trading ideas.