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From left: José Antonio Vargas Lleras, Christoph Frei, and Javier Genaro Gutiérrez Pemberty, President of Ecopetrol

WEC engages Colombian government and industry

Dr Christoph Frei, WEC Secretary General, engaged Colombian government and industry on WEC activities during a visit to the country on 31 August and 1 September. Dr Frei met with Dr Adriana Soto, Colombia’s Deputy Minister of Environment, and presented to her the WEC Energy Sustainability Index, published as a part of the WEC’s assessment […]

Posted on 1 September 2012

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Interview: Professor Abubakar Sambo, WEC Vice Chair for Africa

As students in many parts of the world head back to school, we talk to Professor Abubakar Sambo, WEC Vice Chair for Africa, about energy skills shortage and the African situation. What is the global situation with regards to energy skills shortage? In the energy industry globally there is a growing demand for technical personnel […]

Posted on 1 September 2012

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Pierre Gadonneix pledges WEC support for India following blackout

Pierre Gadonneix, the WEC Chairman, has written to Member Committee chairs to pledge the WEC network’s support to India following the power outage in northern India earlier this month which left more than 600 million people without power for two days. He wrote: “It is important that we unite in our support for India at […]

Posted on 21 August 2012

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Interview: Rob Whitney (EFNZ) and Phil O’Reilly (BusinessNZ)

EFNZ, the WEC’s New Zealand member committee, has recently joined forces with BusinessNZ to form the BusinessNZ Energy Council. Here, Rob Whitney and Phil O’Reilly tell us how the new organisation will be championing the ‘NZ Inc.’ brand. Your two organisations have joined forces. What’s the thinking behind it? Phil O’Reilly, BusinessNZ: Secure, affordable and […]

Posted on 15 August 2012

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World Energy Congress Chairman meets Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in a meeting with Kim Joong-kyum, the chairman of the Organising Committee for WEC Daegu 2013 and KEPCO President & CEO, that he is looking forward to the upcoming Congress in October 2013. Mr Ban described energy as the “golden thread” connecting the UN’s Millennium Development Goals during his […]

Posted on 12 August 2012

World Energy Council to hold World Energy Leaders’ Summit in New Delhi in 2013

New Delhi, India – The World Energy Council (WEC) announces that it will organize the World Energy Leaders’ Summit (WELS) in February 2013. This is the first time the WEC will hold its World Energy Leaders’ Summit in India. The WELS will be held on Wednesday, 6 February 2013 and will be co-hosted by the […]

Posted on 3 August 2012

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Fukushima fallout exacerbated by poor risk assessment and accident response – WEC Japan report

Failure to estimate the level of potential risk and to take in expert advice had exacerbated the severity of and the immediate response to the Fukushima nuclear accident, finds an independent panel of experts. The findings, by the Independent Investigation Commission on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident, were published in July this year by the […]

Posted on 1 August 2012

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WEC Portugal seminar: Interconnection capacity needed for competitive deregulated market

Government, regulators, gas and electricity suppliers, and consumer groups gathered at a seminar organized by WEC Portugal in Lisbon last month (10 July) to address the challenges towards a competitive and efficient energy market in the Iberian Peninsula. Portugal and Spain have been operating MIBEL, the Iberian electricity market, and are building a gas market, […]

Posted on 1 August 2012

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German experience shows that balancing the energy trilemma is no easy business

In order to achieve an energy transition, policymakers must set the right framework towards a free and efficient electricity market, argues the latest WEC Germany report, “Energy for Germany 2012”, which analyses the risks of a highly regulated and subsidized energy market. The German energy transition is posing unprecedented challenges to the country’s electricity market.  […]

Posted on 1 August 2012

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2013 World Energy Congress issues call for papers: leading experts invited to submit on future of energy

SEOUL- LONDON, August 1, 2012 – The Daegu 2013 Organizing Committee of the World Energy Congress issued a call for papers ahead of the world’s top-level meeting of energy experts and professionals, to be held in Korea next year. Submissions are invited from global experts in their respective fields. The selected papers will be presented […]

Posted on 1 August 2012

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