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2014 Executive Assembly put spotlight on regional integration

The World Energy Council’s Executive Assembly concluded last month (20–24 October) in Colombia with broad support from WEC members and the more than 700 attending representatives from governments and the private sector.

Posted on 11 November 2014

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Speech by President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia at the World Energy Leaders’ Summit

President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia said at the World Energy Leaders’ Summit says the energy trilemma offers a valuable roadmap to strengthening the energy sector, adding that guaranteeing energy sustainability is a “shared task” among nations

Posted on 11 November 2014

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73% of Latin America consumers are willing to pay more for alternative transport fuels

New report by World Energy Council’s Future Energy Leaders shed light on consumer perspectives on demand-side energy solutions

Posted on 21 October 2014

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Energy sector faces increasing pressures from climate change – new report

The energy sector is facing increasing pressures from climate change. All segments of the industry will be affected by the changing global climate and the policy responses to it.

Posted on 13 June 2014

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WEC Europe: Implementation of new EU energy policy needs careful consideration

The WEC’s European member countries discussed the EU’s new energy policy with the European Commission at the WEC’s 3rd European Energy Forum in Paris on 24–25 April.

Posted on 4 May 2014

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Seeking answers to Africa’s energy trilemma

Balanced energy policy and engaged entrepreneurship are essential elements to enabling Africa’s development, says WEC Secretary General Christoph Frei. Africa’s energy sector has long been working to widen energy access to unlock the continent’s vast potential. Energy access remains a critical priority for this dynamic region. Globally, 1.2 billion people – equivalent to India’s population – do […]

Posted on 12 March 2014

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Inconvenient truth: Current technologies, policies, and innovation are not enough to meet climate goals

Unprecedented uncertainty is leading to short-termism in energy investments, according to the World Energy Council’s World Energy Scenarios report COP-19, Warsaw, Poland, 19 November 2013: The world is set to face several significant challenges in balancing global energy needs in addressing the triple challenge of the energy trilemma over the next four decades, according to […]

Posted on 19 November 2013

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South Korean President promotes international energy cooperation

South Korean President Park Geun Hye told WEC Daegu 2013 on Wednesday that international cooperation is needed to meet global energy challenges, while a “creative energy economy” should be promoted in which Korea can play a leading role. “As the World Energy Council points out, the Energy Trilemma, the trade-offs between energy security, social equity […]

Posted on 16 October 2013

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Korea to play “important” part in global energy market, says Royal Dutch Shell CEO

Energy demand in Asia could more than double in the next 50 years, and a “historic phase” of industrialization and urbanization in Asia’s emerging economies means Korea is well-placed to be an important player, said Peter Voser, the CEO of Royal Dutch Shell. “South Korea is an appropriate place to focus on this issue,” he […]

Posted on 15 October 2013

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Financial markets must play role in energy development

Markets must assist to encourage energy investments Governments need to fashion long-term energy policies to ensure financing MENA political turmoil could offset promise of cheap energy prices due to U.S. shale gas boom. Energy experts told delegates at the World Energy Congress Daegu 2013 that financial markets must assist to ensure investment in energy. Seethapathy […]

Posted on 15 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 2, Session Face to Face, "Shale gas and oil: Is it just a bubble?", Gerard Mestrallet, France & John Defterios, UAE

Shale gas and oil: Is it just a bubble?

The shale gas and oil boom has been an incredible phenomenon and has the potential to transform the oil and gas industry, the World Energy Congress was told on 15 October. Gérard Mestrallet, the Chairman & CEO of French utility company GDF Suez, said that he disagreed with suggestions that some of the claims regarding […]

Posted on 15 October 2013

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What are the game changers?

Industry leaders say strategic innovation, high technology key to exploiting less conventional energy sources Strategic innovation and technological progress are key in changing the energy game Exploiting lesser-known conventional and unconventional energy deposits will involve risk Methane hydrate, deep water and arctic drilling, oil shale, and shale gas have potential Innovation, technology, and long-term commitment […]

Posted on 15 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 2, Session Bottom Line "The untapped hydro potential: Opportunities and risks"

The untapped hydro potential: Opportunities and risks

While it remains easier to build a coal plant than a hydro one due to social and environmental concerns, hydropower is enjoying something of a renaissance as large hydro projects seek to exploit the huge unused potential in Central Africa, Latin America, Russia and Canada. With only one third of achievable hydro potential developed to […]

Posted on 15 October 2013

Session What does it take?, "Financing energy: Managing risks and complexity", Day 2, 2013 World Energy Congress

Government guarantees needed to support energy investments

A total of $37 trillion is needed for energy investments by 2025, or roughly $1.5 of the $12 trillion in new capital that is raised every year, the World Energy Congress was told on 15 October. The solution to liberating the “ocean of capital” to finance energy projects is close collaboration among the science sector, […]

Posted on 15 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Session What does it take?, "Innovative market designs", Day 2

Renewables to impact market pricing

Advances in renewable resource technology pose a threat to the energy sector. In some European countries that have heavily invested in wind or solar plants, energy prices have been “driven through the floor”, said Philipp Gerbert, Senior Partner & Managing Director at the Boston Consulting Group. In response, he said, the low costs mean energy providers […]

Posted on 15 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 2, Session Regional Crossroads, "North America: Energy self-sufficiency by 2015?"

US energy self-sufficiency poses challenges for Canadian exporters, overseas markets

US energy self-sufficiency, resulting from the shale gas and oil boom, could cause a potential rift in US-Canada relations, the World Energy Congress was told on 15 October. There were also indications of rising concern that an environmentally conscious and energy-rich United States may no longer be keen to commit to major infrastructure projects needed […]

Posted on 15 October 2013

Session Game Changer, "Natural gas markets and geopolitics: A map in transition", Day 2, 2013 World Energy Congress

Shale gas revolution impact may be limited in Asia

Panel participants said on 15 October that shale gas is a significant game changer, particularly in North America, but those in Asia who hope it will transform energy pricing are unlikely to be satisfied because the pace and scale of the shale gas revolution in North America will be difficult to replicate. China has vast […]

Posted on 15 October 2013

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