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Patrick Heren is a commentator known for his principled support for competitive, liberalised energy markets. In 1993 he founded Heren Energy (now ICIS), the leading publisher of price and market information for European gas, power and carbon markets, and for global LNG. Its prices and indices, including the Heren Index, are used as contract and tax references throughout the industry. He began his career at Argus Media in 1976, helping to launch its original oil market report. Subsequently he worked as a financial journalist before joining Energy Intelligence, where he designed and edited World Gas Intelligence. Currently he advises the British government on its energy procurement activities.