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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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How to secure reliable power supplies to mega cities

Tokyo Electric Power Company, TEPCO, has been invited by the Japanese Member Committee to lead a study entitled “How to Secure Reliable Power Supply to Mega Cities”. The latest insights on the work were presented at a workshop where around 30 experts from Asian countries gathered. This initiative, which is closely linked with the World […]

Posted on 23 September 2015

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Crisis can present opportunities

Speaking at the VIII International Congress Bolivia Gas & Energy 2015, Raul Kieffer, Secretary of the Bolivian Member Committee, said: “We started the Congress with the question of whether the next decade would be a period of crisis or opportunity. At the end of the Congress we concluded that we are facing a great opportunity […]

Posted on 23 September 2015

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Beirut Energy Forum: new launches and support for World Energy Congress 2016

The World Energy Council Beirut Energy Forum in September saw a number of official launches including the 2ndNational Energy Efficiency Action of Lebanon, the National Renewable Energy Action Plan for Lebanon and Energy Awareness Awards. The theme of the Forum was ‘The Rising of Sustainable Energy: A Solid Driver for Economy Growth’ and took place […]

Posted on 23 September 2015

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Reform tops the agenda in Mexico

Against a background of energy change that is taking place in Mexico in terms of regulatory markets, low carbon economies and resilience strategies, Christoph Frei presented a speech at the VII joint annual congress of the energy sector associations in Acapulco, Mexico in September. In the speech he highlighted issues emerging from the World Energy […]

Posted on 23 September 2015

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First South American Energy Forum promotes regional integration

The first South American Energy Forum to promote regional integration projects in Latin America organised by the World Energy Council and the Union of South American Nations with the support of the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy took place in Quito in Ecuador in September. The Forum which was opened by the Vice-President of […]

Posted on 23 September 2015

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President of Ecuador to address energy leaders during First South American Energy Forum

Over 150 energy leaders from 17 countries, including the President of Ecuador, will attend the first South American Energy Forum. Held in Quito, Ecuador on 10-11 September, the Forum, organised by the World Energy Council and UNASUR with the support of the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy of Ecuador, aims to promote regional integration projects and collaboration in Latin America.

Posted on 10 September 2015

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14 New Chairs and 7 New Secretaries across the world

From Latin American Caribbean to Europe, Central Asia to East Asia, the Pacific and South Asia new Chairs and Secretaries of Membership Committees have been appointed. In welcoming the new Chairs and Secretaries, Christoph Frei, Secretary General, said: “With change becoming the single constant factor in the energy world and COP21 approaching in only a […]

Posted on 18 August 2015

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Shale technology – the new ‘Swing’ producer that sets global oil prices?

The emergence of shale technology, particularly in the US, is dramatically challenging the conventional rules of the global oil markets, says Olivier Appert, President of the World Energy Council French Member Committee. Shale could become be the new ‘swing’ producer in setting the price of oil on global markets.  “For the last 40 years, OPEC has […]

Posted on 18 August 2015

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Lebanon Committee Supports Young People Education Initiative

A new textbook on Renewable Energy for Elementary Schools in Lebanon  In 2014 the Lebanon Member Committee awarded $1,500 to the Lebanese International University for a project to develop a textbook on renewable energy for elementary schools in Lebanon The textbook, which will be available at the 2015 Beirut Energy Forum, covers renewable energy technologies […]

Posted on 18 August 2015

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Dreams, Science and Sustainable Energy

How to ensure that when policy makers come to an agreement, that agreed actions are implemented, is one of many challenges being discussed in a series of global scenarios workshops in London. Among the many issues that are being hotly debated are the impact of climate change, planetary boundaries, renewables system integration technology and changing […]

Posted on 18 August 2015

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