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The “new normal”: Energy price volatility and climate framework uncertainty top concerns of global energy leaders

Energy leaders see energy price volatility and the future of a climate framework as their top critical uncertainties, according to our latest World Energy Issues Monitor. This 7th annual edition of the study, entitled “Energy price volatility: the new normal”, has gathered the views of more than 1,000 energy leaders, including ministers and chief executives from nearly 80 countries.

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World Energy Focus: read our January issue

In this edition, we bring you a cover story on what the sharp plunge of the oil price means; an interview with the Council’s Secretary General Christoph Frei on the soon-to-be-released World Energy Issues Monitor; a timely focus on South Africa as the country wrestles with power cuts; plus a range of latest news from around the world including a round-up of the COP Lima negotiations.

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Utilities call for joint action to deliver universal access while reducing emissions

New GEI report identifies the untapped opportunities for electricity utilities to further deliver a low-carbon future

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2014 World Energy Trilemma: Energy future hinges upon financing choices today

Annual ranking of 129 countries finds number of AAA countries drops from five to three while four countries put on negative watch

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2014 Executive Assembly put spotlight on regional integration

The World Energy Council’s Executive Assembly concluded last month (20–24 October) in Colombia with broad support from WEC members and the more than 700 attending representatives from governments and the private sector.

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WEC Japan seminar sought path for an industry in transition

Top executives from the Japanese energy industry gathered at WEC Japan’s event last month to discuss the critical issues affecting the sector

From left to right: Admiral Fernando del Pozo García (Former Director International Military Staff at NATO); Rafael Estrella Pedrola (Vice President of ELCANO ROYAL INSTITUTE); John Bell (Director of the Middle East and Mediterranean Area at TOLEDO INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR PEACE); Commander Francisco J. Ruiz González (Professor of Strategy, International Relations whilst working for Spanish Ministry of Defense)

WEC Spain event weighs up human rights and geopolitics

Spanish energy executives discussed the issue of energy and human rights, geopolitics, and trade at a recent seminar.