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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

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 2, Session Regional Crossroads, "Far Eastern super-grid"

North Korea holds key to East Asian “super-grid”

North Korea remains the biggest issue of uncertainty in shaping a vision for a “super-grid” to integrate power generation and distribution in Northeast Asia, industry leaders said on 15 October. The innovative proposal, still very much in the drawing board stages, would connect the electricity grids of China, Mongolia, Japan, South Korea, Russia, and potentially […]

Posted on 15 October 2013

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Global energy access begins with reducing borders

In order to achieve the UN goal of universal access to electricity by 2030, there must be movement toward eliminating border restrictions that prevent clean energy technologies from reaching those who need them most. International and national efforts are “absolutely critical,” said Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC. “The quality of energy determines quality […]

Posted on 15 October 2013

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Energy industry has as many opportunities as challenges

Thanks in part to the emergence of new business models and services, the energy industry as many opportunities as challenges, Fulvio Conti, CEO & General Manager of Italy’s Enel, told the World Energy Congress on 15 October. “The world doesn’t look round anymore. It doesn’t look flat, either,” he said. Rather, it’s a triangle or […]

Posted on 15 October 2013

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Saudi Aramco, GE Power speak at World Energy Congress

DAEGU, South Korea, October 14, 2013 In the first keynote speech of the World Energy Congress, president and CEO of Saudi Aramco, Khalid A. Al-Falih, and President and CEO of GE Power & Water, Steve Bolze, summed up the energy challenges of the coming decades. The duo put forward a line-up of solutions — from […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 1, Opening session "Tomorrow's energy: Connecting the dots"

Decisive leadership needed in an uncertain energy era

Industry leaders gathered at the World Energy Congress agreed on 14 October that the energy environment is getting more and more complex and uncertain, and policy makers need to chart a course that ensures both affordability and sustainability. Christoph Frei, Secretary General of the World Energy Council, pointed to post-Fukushima safety concerns and the collapsing […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

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Japan remains committed to nuclear even after Fukushima

Nuclear energy remains very much a part of Japan’s energy mix even after the Fukushima accident, said executive vice president and chief nuclear officer of Tokyo Electric (TEPCO) at a session on Monday of the World Energy Congress in Daegu, South Korea. “Japan has limited sources of renewable energy such as wind, solar or hydro,” […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 1, Session Game Changer, "Energy Storage: Defining the future for e-Mobility and renewables"

E-Mobility still a long way from powering the smart grid

Aside from E-mobility, multiple energy storage technologies are available now, but need further development New government policies must match innovations in energy storage Businesses must pay for the R&D of new energy storage technologies   Daegu, South Korea, 14 October 2013 – Technological advances in energy storage could reshape the way we procure and consume […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 1, Session Bottom Line "World coal outlook: Innovations for tomorrow's energy"

World coal outlook

Coal is not going away soon as a major world source of thermal energy, regardless of the remarkable developments in shale gas in North America, concluded a panel of experts speaking at the World Energy Congress on 14 October. The main economic driver for the continuance of coal, they said, is its comparatively low cost […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 1, Session What does it take? "Transition a country in a decade"

Energy Transition must have societal support to be sustainable

Transitions are only sustainable if they follow the will of society If change is desired then the costs must be made visible Renewables must be scrutinised for how they perform against the market Ideal energy mix is specific to each country World Energy Congress Daegu 2013, Republic of Korea The energy transition desired by many […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 1, Session What does it take?, "Fusion: Betting on a different future?"

Korea well positioned for “knowledge-based” fusion energy

A leading researcher into nuclear fusion as a potential energy source says the drive to develop fusion energy is both “important and urgent,” especially for South Korea. Lee  Gyung-Su, Research Fellow at South Korea’s National Fusion Research Institute (NFRI), told attendees at the World Energy Congress on 14 October that “fusion is knowledge-based energy, not […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

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