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Energy transition: a tale of two countries

Japan and Germany have much in common in their energy situations, as participants from a recent WEC member event heard. The WEC’s Japanese member committee heard an analysis of the German energy transition in a talk by Dr Hans-Wilhelm Schiffer, WEC Chair of World Energy Resources and a German energy expert, in Tokyo on 24 […]

Posted on 3 April 2014

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World Energy Council study highlights massive challenges to the energy system of Latin America and the Caribbean

The Latin America and Caribbean region must optimise its energy supply options nationally and across the region in order to support the needs of its growing economies and increasing population, according to a World Energy Council (WEC) report to be presented today at an event organised by the Colombian member committee of the WEC (COCME).

Posted on 31 March 2014

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World’s two largest water and energy organisations team up to highlight the water-energy nexus in celebration of World Water Day

World Energy Council and World Water Council step up partnership 24 March 2014, London & Marseille – The World Energy Council (WEC) and World Water Council (WWC) announce that they have joined forces to bring the issue of the water-energy nexus to the fore in the run up to the 7th World Water Forum, to […]

Posted on 24 March 2014

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Seeking answers to Africa’s energy trilemma

Balanced energy policy and engaged entrepreneurship are essential elements to enabling Africa’s development, says WEC Secretary General Christoph Frei. Africa’s energy sector has long been working to widen energy access to unlock the continent’s vast potential. Energy access remains a critical priority for this dynamic region. Globally, 1.2 billion people – equivalent to India’s population – do […]

Posted on 12 March 2014

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Africa Energy Indaba one step closer to unlocking the continent’s potential

The Africa Energy Indaba concluded last month (18–20 February) in Johannesburg, South Africa. The event is the WEC’s regular annual African gathering. Africa’s wealth of energy resources and untapped potential was highlighted, as was the need for more enablers that can unlock energy access for the broader population and new markets. Opening the Indaba, South […]

Posted on 7 March 2014

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World Energy Council comments on nuclear energy three years since Fukushima

LONDON, 6 March 2014 — Ahead of the three-year anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear accident on 11 March, the World Energy Council (WEC) issues the following statement. Christoph Frei, Secretary General of the World Energy Council, comments: “In our study on nuclear energy in March 2012, we found that Fukushima had had limited impact on […]

Posted on 7 March 2014

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WEC New Zealand highlights world energy issues

The World Energy Issues Monitor will be a hot topic in New Zealand’s energy discussions this week as the BusinessNZ Energy Council (BEC), the WEC member committee, launches the report nationally. John Carnegie, Secretary of the committee, talks about what’s keeping New Zealand energy leaders awake at night.

Posted on 4 March 2014

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WEC report highlights the critical issues affecting the global and regional energy sector

For the first time energy price volatility and recession have replaced climate framework uncertainty as dominant concern among world energy leaders

Posted on 18 February 2014

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Global governance, energy efficiency and unconventionals highlighted at WEC Spain event

Energy efficiency management and environmental care have become the top two issues in Europe, and so imminent action is required to guarantee the energy sector’s competitiveness and profitability.

Posted on 31 January 2014

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Inconvenient truth: Current technologies, policies, and innovation are not enough to meet climate goals

Unprecedented uncertainty is leading to short-termism in energy investments, according to the World Energy Council’s World Energy Scenarios report COP-19, Warsaw, Poland, 19 November 2013: The world is set to face several significant challenges in balancing global energy needs in addressing the triple challenge of the energy trilemma over the next four decades, according to […]

Posted on 19 November 2013

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Interview with Mark Robson before the 2012 Policy Assessment report

What’s new in this year’s Assessment? The 2012 report will be the third annual Assessment of Country Energy and Climate Policies that we have worked on. We’re very excited about it because of two new developments.  This year’s report is based on in-depth interviews with senior energy industry executives. It also contains an enhanced Energy […]

Posted on 1 August 2012

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Global energy leaders to gather in Korea: World Energy Congress releases first list of speakers for 2013 event

SEOUL-LONDON, 23 July, 2012 – The World Energy Council (WEC) and the Congress Organising Committee today announced the first list of 15 confirmed speakers for its 22nd World Energy Congress, which will take place in 15 months’ time in Daegu from 13 to 17 October 2013. Some of the most influential figures in the global […]

Posted on 23 July 2012

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Christoph Frei: carbon and gas prices pose key market uncertainties

The future of carbon pricing poses the greatest uncertainty for energy investors in the next 5–10 years, according to WEC Secretary General Christoph Frei. The current lack of a carbon price is “the single biggest reason for people ending up with stranded investment,” Frei told diplomats and energy analysts at the Global Energy Security Conference, […]

Posted on 23 July 2012

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Experts underscore financial benefits of building efficiency at USEA-sponsored forum

Public and private sector leaders outlined legislation, policies and business strategies for reducing energy use and operating costs in buildings at the 23rd Energy Efficiency Forum, co-sponsored by the United States Energy Association (USEA), the World Energy Council’s US member committee, on 14 June. Richard Kauffman, senior advisor to the US Secretary of Energy, kicked off […]

Posted on 15 July 2012

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WEC Germany drives discussion on future of transport

Experts from German industry, research, and government discussed the future of transport technologies and the current research and development landscape at the WEC Germany conference, Energy and Mobility Technologies of Tomorrow. Karl Rose, WEC director of policies and scenarios, presented the findings from the WEC study, Global Transport Scenarios 2050, published in 2011.  Amongst its […]

Posted on 15 July 2012

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New project charts 100 years of WEC history

In 1923, Daniel Dunlop, a Scottish visionary working in the British electricity industry, decided to gather leading energy experts at a conference to discuss how they would rebuild the electricity grid after the First World War. Dunlop began working with countries around the world to establish national committees to encourage attendance and input at such […]

Posted on 15 July 2012

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WEC Switzerland discussion platform

The Swiss Energy Council co-organised a conference on 14 June in Berne where the Swiss electrical industry presented electricity scenarios to the country’s policymakers. The study, by the Association of Swiss Electricity Companies and based on hourly simulation of power data, details three electricity scenarios for the country without new nuclear power plants.

Posted on 1 July 2012

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WEC at Rio+20: energy access funding, skills base, and energy efficiency are critical needs

Rethinking the funding model for energy access, boosting skills, and increasing energy efficiency are the most critical issues to be addressed in order for energy to underpin development goals, said the World Energy Council at the Rio+20 meetings during the week of 18 June. Energy was raised high on the Rio+20 agenda through the UN’s […]

Posted on 25 June 2012

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Interview with Christoph Frei, Secretary General of WEC at Rio+20

Interview by Monique Tsang Christoph Frei joined Pierre Gadonneix and José Antonio Vargas Lleras in representing the WEC at the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) meetings in Rio+20. In an interview, he talks about how the WEC has helped put energy firmly within global development. What was your overall impression of Rio? While there has been […]

Posted on 22 June 2012

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FOREN 2012: gas and grid infrastructure, market liberalisation high on agenda

More than 700 energy experts and policymakers gathered at the Central and Eastern Europe Energy Forum (FOREN 2012) in Neptun, Romania (17-21 June 2012) to discuss the region’s critical issues. The issues include national and regional energy policies for the security of supply; electricity markets and the regulatory framework; regional policies on fossil fuel resources; […]

Posted on 22 June 2012

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