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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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KEPCO plays leading role in “smart grid” innovation

South Korea’s state-owned electricity monopoly, KEPCO, said it will introduce new business models nationwide based on so-called “smart grid” power delivery by 2015. The plan built upon a pilot program on the Korean island of Jeju which concluded this May, a senior company executive told at the Daegu 2013 Congress on 17 October. “Smart grids” […]

Posted on 17 October 2013

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Energy efficiency key to future

Energy efficiency can be a major contributor to the world achieving its energy needs, said Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA). Discussing its goal that half of energy can come from “negawatts,” or energy efficient savings, she said “It’s not just about low hanging fruits, we have to climb […]

Posted on 17 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 4, Session What does it take?, "Energy access: Steps to progress"

Energy access requires unprecedented scale of efforts

Despite some gains in the past 20 years, almost 1.2 billion people worldwide – close to the population of India – still do not have access to electricity, the World Energy Congress was told on 17 October. From 1990 to 2010, the gains in electricity access have stayed “slightly” ahead of population growth over the […]

Posted on 17 October 2013

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Renewable energy a solution for both developed and developing nations

Governments across the globe are still innovating ways to incorporate renewables into their national energy mix. This process presents challenges for both developed and developing economies. Perhaps the biggest question for poor countries remains how to make new technologies affordable for citizens, many of whom live on $1 a day. And for wealthy nations, such […]

Posted on 17 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 4, Session Regional Crossroads, "An energy infrastructure road map for Africa"

An energy infrastructure road map for Africa

Although sub-Saharan Africa is well endowed with fossil fuels and renewable resources, they are largely untapped due to institutional and infrastructural barriers to efficient use, the World Energy Congress was told on 17 October. The region’s limited ability to improve its energy system and related services significantly affects social and economic development, as seen in […]

Posted on 17 October 2013

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The utilities industry needs to adapt to a “decentralized” system

The rise of new technologies in “smart energy” and customer behavioral changes is reshaping the utility industry, posing a possible threat to the centralized utility model, the World Energy Congress heard on 17 October. Instead, the utilities business may be moving towards a decentralized energy system, which can put power sources closer to the consumer, […]

Posted on 17 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 4, Session Bottom Line, "Waste to energy: Valuing the dirty job"

Waste should be viewed as a resource

Waste is not only dirty, but waste management is affected by archaic regulations, corruption, a lack of transparency, and misperceptions. But the paradox is that waste may have the potential to be the most sustainable energy resource, according to experts who discussed the issue at the World Energy Congress on 17 October. The average individual […]

Posted on 17 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 4, Session What does it take?, "Mega projects: Socio-environmental license to operate"

Doing well on megaprojects by doing good

Mega projects that ignore social and environmental impacts almost always end up costing more than those that pay attention to the needs of local communities, the World Energy Congress was told on 17 October. “70 to 75% of delays on major projects are caused by social and environmental issues, not because of technical failures,” said […]

Posted on 17 October 2013

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Energy leaders: New thinking, more participation needed for tomorrow’s challenges

The world needs to revamp much of its thinking to meet the energy challenges of the 21st century, industry experts said on 17 October at the closing plenary session of the World Energy Congress. From fostering new energy sources to structuring the best mix of public and private incentives to curb carbon emissions, the discussion […]

Posted on 17 October 2013

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Energy Ministers: active government policy, investment key to solving “Energy Trilemma”

Energy ministers from China, Russia, and Canada said on Wednesday that proactive government policies and robust investment are key pillars in ensuring a steady supply of energy amid soaring global demand, while dealing with the “energy trilemma” of security, sustainability and access. Wang Yumin, Vice Administrator of China’s National Energy Administration, Russian Energy Minister Alexander […]

Posted on 16 October 2013

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