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Japanese nuclear plants still standing after earthquake hits Kumamoto

Following the magnitude 6.5 earthquake that hit Kumamoto Prefecture in Kyushu, southern region of Japan on 14 April, World Energy Council Japan reports no damage was done to the five reactors of the two nuclear power stations in the region, the Sendai and Genkai Nuclear Power Stations, both operated by Kyushu Electric Power Company.

Posted on 18 May 2016

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The Paris Agreement: an ambitious course

Members of the Conseil Français de l’Énergie recently gathered to hear the Chair of the Agency for Environment and Energy Management (ADEME) share his views on the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) two months after it was held, and analyse the results of the Paris Agreement.

Posted on 18 May 2016

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Insights, lessons, solutions: Asia-Pacific Energy Leaders’ Summit

The Hon John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand, opened the inaugural Energy Leaders’ summit organised by the BusinessNZ Energy Council which brought together 200 energy leaders from across the world. At the event the early findings of the latest World Energy Council report, ‘The road to resilience–managing the risks of the energy-water-food nexus’ were […]

Posted on 22 March 2016

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Brazil Workshop attracts wide audience

The Brazilian member committee recently held a workshop looking at the future of energy in Brazil to 2060, based on the Council’s Scenarios and Trilemma. The event included presentations by Professor Karl Rose, Senior Director for Scenarios and Policies, as well as representatives from Eletrobras, Petrobras and Energy Research Company (EPE), the Ministry of Mines […]

Posted on 19 February 2016

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Canadian Energy Industry Update and Insights
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Canadian Energy Sector gathers to chart the year ahead

Our Canadian Member Committee, the Energy Council of Canada, held its first meeting of the year on February 2 in Ottawa and attracted 174 attendees, including 15 Ambassadors/High Commissioners and representatives of 51 countries. The discussions focused on the “energy value chain” plus two presentations: one highlighting the implications for Canada from the COP-21 conference […]

Posted on 19 February 2016

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No ‘one size fits all’ solution

Chavalit Pichalai, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Energy Ministry and Thailand member committee Vice Chair opened a meeting at which the Executive Chair, World Energy Resources programme, Dr Hans-Wilhelm Schiffer, gave a talk entitled ‘The Energy Transition in Germany and the EU – Lessons Learnt for Countries like Thailand’. In the talk Schiffer explained that […]

Posted on 19 February 2016

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Combined Heat and Power has an important role in Poland

The World Energy Council Polish Member Committee, supported by the former Polish Ministry of Economy, now the Ministry of Energy, recently held a conference entitled: ‘Role of combined heat and power (CHP) in Polish Energy Policy to 2050’. Henryk Majchrzak, President of the Polish Member Committee, said: “The high-efficiency of CHP means that it can make […]

Posted on 28 January 2016

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India: Electric power systems must be more flexible

The latest findings of the World Energy Council Renewable Energy Sources Systems Integration, RES,  report were presented at a workshop organised by the Indian member committee with support from World Energy Council Global Partner CESI SpA, Italy, in New Delhi in December 2015. The meeting was attended by nearly 100 senior executives that included Shri P […]

Posted on 28 January 2016

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Socio-environmental issues top the agenda in Colombia

  Practices and policy guidelines that promote socio-environmental management of projects and ensure the viability of Colombia’s energy and mining sector were top of the agenda at a high level meeting attended by over 100 participants where Jairo León García, Technical Secretary of the Colombian member committee, recently spoke. At the meeting there was analysis […]

Posted on 16 December 2015

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Austria: Wind energy moving towards base load generation

The Austrian member committee recently organised a workshop in Vienna on important new developments in wind energy technology and the contribution that wind is making to electricity generation. In one region of Austria the annual electricity generated by wind energy already exceeds demand. There were a number of presentations highlighting the economic, regulatory and technical […]

Posted on 16 December 2015

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Spanish meeting focuses on Atlantic basin and global energy governance

This year the theme of the annual Spanish member committee conference in Madrid was “Governing Energy: the Atlantic Basin and Global Institutions”.  It brought together almost 400 attendees and 25 national and international speakers including Alberto Nadal, Spanish Secretary of State for Energy.  Discussions focussed on energy flows in the Atlantic Basin, the governance of […]

Posted on 16 December 2015

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Bolivia World Energy Leaders Academy established

At the 8th Bolivia Gas & Energy International Congress, Claudia Cronenbold, Chair of the Bolivian member committee and Luis Alberto Sánchez, the Minister of Hydrocarbons and Energy, signed an agreement to establish an Academy to provide training programmes for future energy leaders. Cronenbold said: “The programmes will be based on four basic standpoints: physical, technical, […]

Posted on 16 December 2015

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