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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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World Energy Academy Programme Update

Since the launch in Argentina in 2014 of the first World Energy Academy programme designed to provide national level training programmes, countries from every region have expressed their support of the initiative. Almost 20 countries, such as Estonia and Lebanon are planning to shortly set up Academies, with nine countries saying they will set up […]

Posted on 18 August 2015

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Resilient energy needs smarter not just stronger solutions: Safe-Fail not Fail-Safe

New approaches are required for the management and financing of energy infrastructures as companies and governments seek to meet the challenges of increased extreme weather risks. New thinking is needed says the latest report from the World Energy Council, ‘The road to resilience – managing and financing extreme weather risks’.

Posted on 30 September 2015

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World Energy Council welcomes energy inclusion in UN Sustainable Development Goals

As world leaders gather for the UN General Assembly to formally adopt new Sustainable Development Goals, the World Energy Council welcomes the inclusion of the energy goal: ‘Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all’.
Christoph Frei, Secretary General of the Council said: “The adoption of energy among sustainable development goals is timely, critical and historic. […]”

Posted on 25 September 2015


Future Energy Leaders active in Latin America

Francisco José Galtieri, a project leader and consultant in the oil and gas industry in Argentina, talks to Inside about what motivated him to take an active part in FEL-100 activities.  Why did you become a FEL? I joined the FEL community as it seemed an opportunity for a young professional to broaden his knowledge […]

Posted on 23 September 2015

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Time of greatest energy uncertainty

In a presentation to insurance company Swiss Re, Christoph Frei talked about his concerns for the future with a warning of dramatic consequences if no action was taken.  The following are extracts from his talk: “The World Energy Council is issuing a warning that we are living in times of great energy uncertainty.  More than […]

Posted on 23 September 2015

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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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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


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


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


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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What it means to be a FEL-100: Japhet E. Miano Kariuki

Based in the Philippines, Japhet is a consultant who encourages foreign investment into the Philippines’ Extractive (Energy and Mining), Finance and Services Industry. This involves using his financial advisory, project management and business development skills. Why did you become a FEL-100?  My introduction to the energy world was after I finished studying at the Vlerick […]

Posted on 18 August 2015

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Love What You Do – A Lifetime in Energy

Dr. Gheorghe Balan, born in 1929, is celebrating his 86th anniversary and 62 years of continuous professional activity in the Romanian energy sector. Highly involved in all the activities of the World Energy Council Romanian National Committee for 47 years, Dr. Gheorghe Balan has been  honoured with the Diplomat ‘Lifetime Energy Excellence Award” at the […]

Posted on 18 August 2015

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New Leadership for Performance of Generating Plant Knowledge Network

11 August 2015: B. Prasada Rao, Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd, India, has been appointed Leader of the World Energy Council Performance of Generating Plant, PGP, Knowledge Network. Mr Rao is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, INAE, and brings a range of power engineering and managerial skills […]

Posted on 11 August 2015

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