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The political economy of energy prices

Over recent years, energy prices have played a key role in the development of political events. Oil price volatility has created winners and losers both at national and international level, as well as altering the balance of political economy at a national level and impacting on regional geopolitics.  What actions should governments undertake in order […]

Posted on 6 December 2016

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World Energy Council brings 7 new realities in energy to COP22 negotiations in Marrakech

As a UN accredited body since 1953, the World Energy Council is recognised as a reliable source of thought leadership and information to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process, negotiating teams and stakeholders. To keep the momentum of the World Energy Congress and the Council’s thought leadership on embracing the new […]

Posted on 24 November 2016

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Future energy markets: The grand transition of Estonian energy policy

The World Energy Council and some of Estonia’s and Nordic key energy players convened to discuss what the future holds for global, European, and Estonian energy policy in the face of rapid innovation and other new realities facing the energy sector. Dr Christoph Frei, Secretary General, World Energy Council, opened the conference with an overview […]

Posted on 24 November 2016

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Experts exchange best practices on renewable energy integration as part of Power Africa initiative

Senegal is actively pursuing reform policies in the energy sector with a strong focus on promoting renewable energy. Senegal aims to achieve the electrification rate of 50% in rural areas, 96% urban areas, and 70% of national level by 2017. Current energy policy is reflected in the Lettre de Développement du Secteur de l’Energie, a […]

Posted on 24 November 2016

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Future Energy Leaders launch Human Capital taskforce report at 23rd Congress

The energy sector is clearly facing a period of grand transition in the face of potent new challenges and innovative and disruptive technologies.  Oil prices will  continue to drop, fossil fuels will continue to supply more than three-quarters of world energy use in 2040, and natural gas  is expected to grow the fastest impacting on […]

Posted on 24 November 2016

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Realising Africa’s potential at the 23rd World Energy Congress

With Africa’s rapidly growing population making ever increasing demands for greater energy access it is difficult to overestimate the scale of the challenge facing the continent. But it is also hard to match the sense of optimism and excitement that energy experts express about the opportunities to transform sub-Saharan Africa’s energy footprint in positive and […]

Posted on 24 November 2016

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“The discussion of peak oil has moved to a discussion of peak demand”

In Focus magazine, World Energy Council Secretary General Christoph Frei describes the backdrop in which the energy sector is preparing for the new energy realities, for the Grand Transition. According to Frei, the “Discussion of peak oil has moved to a discussion of peak demand” (also see the latest World Energy Scenarios report launched at the […]

Posted on 17 November 2016

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World Energy Council increases its presence in South East Asia

Leading power companies convened in Singapore to officially  launch the new Singaporean member committee of the World Energy Council on 10 November. With Singapore setting ambitious goals to reduce energy emissions intensity and stabilise greenhouse gas emissions outlined in the COP21 accord agreed in Paris, the Council’s Singaporean member committee and its constituent organisations will […]

Posted on 9 November 2016

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Key highlights of the 23rd World Energy Congress available now!

The 23rd World Energy Congress  was an amazing opportunity for member committees to network and gain valuable insights from the many of the key players within the energy sector. The World Energy Congress held in Istanbul between 9 and 13 October provided a unique opportunity to take a complete and global view on pressing and […]

Posted on 31 October 2016

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Heads of State address delegates at 23rd World Energy Congress

Four heads of states from some of the world’s largest suppliers of energy, convened to discuss tackling critical energy issues at the 23rd World Energy Congress in Istanbul on 10 October. President Vladimir Putin of Russia, President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan and President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela joined Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of host nation, […]

Posted on 31 October 2016

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More than 1000 registered media reported coverage of 23rd World Energy Congress

More than 300 international media outlets including the Financial Times, Handelsblatt, Bloomberg TV, El Pais, Die Spiegel, CNN, Reuters, China Central TV, The National, Xinhua and Anadolu News Agency attended the 23rd World Energy Congress. A number of member committees also brought media delegations with them. As well as CNBC being the official media partner […]

Posted on 31 October 2016

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World Energy Council 2016 Executive Assembly gets off to a flying start ahead of 23rd World Energy Congress

More than 40 member committees and a number of delegates convened at the second World Energy Council 2016 Executive Assembly in Istanbul to discuss key global topics and regional energy issues impacting the energy sector. This year’s event took place directly ahead of the 23rd World Energy Congress between 7 and 9 October with the […]

Posted on 31 October 2016

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New World Energy Council Chair gives inaugural speech

 “Excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen: “At the outset, I want to thank the Turkish government for hosting the 2016 World Energy Congress. “In particular, we are indebted to President Recép Tayyíp Érdogan, Prime Minister Bin Áli Yildirím, and Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Berát Albáyrak for their outstanding support for the Congress. “I […]

Posted on 13 October 2016

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World Energy Council Welcomes new Chair

Younghoon David Kim has succeeded  Marie-José Nadeau as the Chair of the World Energy Council at the closing of the 23rd World Energy Congress in Istanbul. Mr Kim was the Co-Chair of the World Energy Council since 2013 and previously the Council’s Vice Chair for Asia Pacific and South Asia. Mr Kim is a member of the Energy Council […]

Posted on 13 October 2016

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Public-private cooperation key as African renewable power projects scale up

Of the two-thirds of people in Africa without access to power, 80% live outside urban centres. A mix of off-grid renewable power instalments could be the key to electrifying rural Africa with consumers buying power locally and paying via their mobile phone.

Posted on 13 October 2016

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Interconnection and a clear legal framework: key to achieving African electrification

Africa has abundant and diverse energy resources from hydrocarbons to renewables. This wealth is unevenly distributed and is often underdeveloped. Promoting regional energy integration through interconnection projects must be part of the way forward to realise untapped potential.

Posted on 13 October 2016

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Benchmarking helps balance energy trilemma priorities

Index results show that policy choices and a regime supporting a robust energy sector are critical to lasting energy trilemma performance, regardless of a country’s resources or geographic location, and that the policies and investments needed to balance the trilemma will take time and be disruptive.

Posted on 13 October 2016

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EU must move away from coal to meet COP21 goals

“In order to reach Europe’s climate targets, there is no other way than phasing out coal as a source of energy. Two-thirds of coal-fired plants will have to be shut down by 2030,” said Patrick Graichen, Executive Director, Agora Energiewende in Germany.

Posted on 13 October 2016

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Innovative technology is the key to clean technology

Innovations in energy storage are the most critical technological challenge for the industry. This was the consensus at the World Energy Congress session on that sought to identify the priorities to delivering future energy needs. Fluctuations in supply, especially wind and solar, as well as inefficient storage technology is a key issue that also needs addressing.

Posted on 13 October 2016

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Off-grid solutions essential to Africa’s energy future

Many African’s live in rural areas unconnected to energy infrastructure. Therefore, finding ways to bring power outside the grid is an important focus of energy policy and a key business opportunity.

Posted on 13 October 2016

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New technology and geopolitical challenges herald new era of gas in Europe

World Energy Congress, Istanbul, Turkey, 12 October 2016: While globally natural gas is the only fossil fuel with substantial growth prospects, the European outlook will be shaped by new geopolitical and technological realities. Future demand will likely be driven by chemicals feedstock and heavy duty transport, the energy leaders discussing the sustainability of European Gas […]

Posted on 12 October 2016

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Europe’s great contribution to the energy transition

The World Energy Council’s 2016 Energy Trilemma Index, which ranks countries based on three core dimensions: energy security, energy equity and environmental sustainability, was topped by Denmark,Switzerland, Sweden, The Netherlands and Germany.

Posted on 12 October 2016

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