Our History

1990s | 2000s | 2010-



  • Norway and Sweden established a common electricity market and power exchange. Nord Pool accordingly opened on 1 January as the world’s first multinational exchange for trading and clearing financial power contracts.
  • An electronic terminal-based trading system (PowerCLICK) was established with a direct link to the clearing service.


  • Seasonally based financial forward contracts with a three-year horizon were introduced by Nord Pool.
  • Clearing of standardised financially settled contracts traded off the exchange was introduced.


  • Finland was integrated into the Nordic power exchange area, with Nord Pool represented via the Finnish EL-EX power exchange.
  • Annual contracts were introduced as a new forward product.
  • Nord Pool Consulting AS was founded. Its first job was to evaluate measures required to qualify Jutland for full integration into the common Norwegian-Swedish market.
  • Nord Pool opened a Danish office at Odense in Denmark.


  • Western Denmark was integrated into the Nordic power exchange area.
  • The Elbas balancing market was established in Sweden and Finland.
  • Price and volume information was published for the first time for standardised financially-cleared power contracts traded off the exchange and registered with Nord Pool for clearing.
  • Nord Pool introduced block offers/bids on Elspot and daily contracts as a new future product.
  • Nord Pool introduced trading and clearing of standardised options.
  • The trading horizon for forward contracts was increased to four years.


  • Nord Pool participated in the establishment of Germany's first power exchange, the Leipzig Power Exchange (LPX), taking a 35 per cent holding.
  • The Nordic power market became fully integrated with the final inclusion of eastern Denmark.
  • Contracts for difference (CfD) were launched as new forward products.
  • Nord Pool Consulting executed its first project outside Europe for Japan’s Kansai Electricity Power Corporation, the first of three such projects.


  • Nord Pool launched a new clearing desk application (CDA) system for electronic registration of standardised financially settled electricity contracts was launched.
  • Nord Pool’s business became subject to regulation, and the company accordingly applied to be licensed as a regulated exchange and clearinghouse.
  • France’s Powernext exchange chose Nord Pool as the technology supplier of Sapri.
  • Nord Pool Consulting was commissioned by Japan’s Techno Research Institute to simulate the Japanese power market and propose solutions for creating a national power exchange.


  • A merger between LPX and EEX gave Nord Pool a 17.4 per cent shareholding in Germany’s only power exchange.
  • Highest daily volume traded on Nord Pool on 22 April (21 TWh).
  • Highest daily OTC clearing volume, 28 October (26.8 TWh).
  • Highest daily cleared volume on 27 April (38 TWh, including 14 TWh over the exchange and 24 TWh from OTC trading).
  • Nord Pool was licensed as a regulated exchange and clearinghouse, and the clearing business was demerged into a separate company, Nord Pool Clearing ASA.
  • The spot business was demerged into a separate company, Nord Pool Spot AS, with the shares divided between the four Nordic transmission system operators (TSOs) and Nord Pool.
  • A gradual transition to the euro as the trading and clearing currency was adopted.
  • Nord Pool Consulting won its first contract financed by the World Bank with the Kazakhstan Electricity and Transmission Company (KEGOC).


  • The first contract was launched with the euro as the trading currency (one-year contract for 2006).
  • Forwards with blocks and seasons were replaced by monthly and quarterly contracts.
  • Nord Pool Consulting won a three-year contract from the Southern African Power Pool to develop the power market in 12 countries within the Southern African Development Community (SADC). This contract was later extended to 2007.


  • Trading and clearing of Swedish green certificates started.
  • A new clearing platform became operational.
  • The risk capital in Nord Pool Clearing was increased by NOK 500 million (EUR 65 million) through an insurance contract.


  • Nord Pool became the first exchange to start trading and clearing of EU emission allowances (EUAs).
  • Nord Pool Consulting became involved in developing the Romanian power market. Running to the end of 2007, this contract includes support for developing a regional power market in south-eastern Europe.


  • All contracts in the financial market became quoted in euros.
  • The trading horizon for forward contracts was extended from four to six years.


  • Nord Pool set a new record of 1 060 TWh for turnover and a net addition of 55 new members.
  • EUAs and CERs corresponding to 95 million tonnes of carbon dioxide were traded.


  • Nord Pool introduced power derivatives for Germany and the Netherlands.
  • Nord Pool ASA entered into an agreement with Eurex to sell the 17.39 percent stake Nord Pool holds in the Leipzig based European Energy Exchange AG (EEX) for a consideration of €46 million or €6.60 per share.
  • Nord Pool Clearing ASA launched a general clearing membership (GCM) model.
  • Nord Pool ASA was granted a license by the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to allow US companies to trade and clear Nordic and international power derivatives and carbon products.
  • NASDAQ OMX acquired Nord Pool Clearing ASA, Nord Pool Consulting AS as well as the international products from Nord Pool ASA. The acquired companies were merged into NASDAQ OMX Commodities AS.
  • NASDAQ OMX Commodities and Nord Pool Spot were chosen by the Futures & Options Association (FOA) in the UK to establish spot and cash-settled derivative power market with a full range of clearing services for the UK wholesale power market.


  • Fortis Bank Global Clearing NV joined Nord Pool ASA as the first general clearing member (GCM) and Fortis Bank (Nederland) NV became the first non-clearing member (NCM).
  • Merger of NASDAQ OMX Commodities AS and its wholly owned Nord Pool Clearing ASA subsidiary were merged into NASDAQ OMX Stockholm AB.
  • Launch of a physical certified emission reduction (CER) spot contract. The CER spot contract completed the current spot offering.


  • N2EX, the market for UK power contracts, was launched 12 January. N2EX is the brand name for NASDAQ OMX Commodities’ and Nord Pool Spot’s UK power exchange.
  • Agora-X, a US electronic trading platform for over-the counter (OTC) commodities and derivatives contracts, became a part of NASDAQ OMX Commodities when NASDAQ OMX bought a major interest in the company.
  • NASDAQ OMX purchased North American Energy Credit and Clearing Business, which became a part of NASDAQ OMX Commodities Clearing Company (NOCC), an offering within physical delivery of OTC power and gas contracts in the US.
  • NASDAQ OMX acquired Nord Pool ASA, following Statnett’s and Svenska Kraftnät’s decision to exercise their option to sell the shares in the company.


  • Launch of UK futures


  • Genium INET for Commodities
  • Launch of Spark Spreads
  • Launch CfD contracts for Estonia (Tallinn area)


  • Launch of European Options for German Power

  • Launch of European Union Aviation Allowances (EUAA)

  • Launch of Czech, Dutch, French and Belgium CfD contracts as hedging tools between Germany and named price areas

  • Renaming of Forward contracts to DS Futures and CfDs to EPADs

  • Launch of Pre-trade Risk management

  • Launch of Swedish-Norwegian Electricity Certificates


  • Nasdaq OMX Clearing Receives EMIR Authorization

  • Merger of NASDAQ OMX Clearing and NOS Clearing

  • Introduction of Block Trade Facility for Commodities instruments


  • Launch of Index for German Wind Power Production

  • Launch of German Wind Index Futures

  • Clears the Freight Market’s First Option Contracts on the New Capesize Basket


  • Signed first Market Maker for German Wind Index Futures

  • Launch of French Power Futures Contracts

  • Move of Market Making from DS Futures to Futures contracts in Nordic Electricity

  • Nasdaq receives approval as recognized market operator (“RMO”) for Commodities in Singapore

  • Launch of seven new European Power Markets and seven new Gas Markets


  • Offers flexible solution in the dry freight market

  • Goes live with German Only Electricity Futures Contracts

  • Nasdaq Commodities and Saxo Bank introduced a collaboration, offering SMEs in the Nordic region direct access to Nordic Power futures on Saxo’s fully integrated trading and risk management platform