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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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WEC takes part in developing SE4ALL benchmarking report

The World Energy Council (WEC) will be contributing to an upcoming report for the United Nations as part of the UN Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative which will kick-start the ongoing monitoring of the initative’s goals beyond 2012. SE4ALL seeks to achieve, by 2030, universal access to modern energy, double the share […]

Posted on 21 June 2012

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