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Technology is the Future of Energy

The World Energy Council’s Co-chair Younghoon David Kim delivered a keynote speech at the 2016 DongA New Energy Innovation Conference in February in Seoul hosted by one of Korea’s most respected major dailies, The DongA Ilbo.  The speech, entitled “Technology is the Future of Energy,” covered recent discussions Co-chair Kim that had in Davos where […]

Posted on 18 April 2016

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New Zealand FEL-100s host workshop looking at resilience issues

New Zealand participants in the World Energy Council’s FEL-100 programme, Jenny Lackey, Andrew Millar and Tina Frew, hosted a workshop in association with the Asia-Pacific Energy Leaders’ Summit organised in March by the New Zealand Member Committe of the World Energy Council on the topic of energy resilience. The theme of the workshop was ‘Investing in […]

Posted on 18 April 2016

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COP21 goals are the challenge for Slovenian energy policy

At the fourth International Energy Policy Considerations conference, organised by the Slovenian member committee and the Slovenian Chamber for Energy Industry, over 150 international participants from the EU Commission, academia, government and industry met to discuss a new national energy policy for Slovenia. It was widely agreed that the new policy must include energy transformation […]

Posted on 7 April 2016

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Worldwide roll-out of new visual identity

Following extensive consultation with World Energy Council National Member Committees and with the approval of the Communications and Strategy Committee, the rollout of the new visual identity started this month. The new logo design clearly highlights the name and in doing so represents the essence of the Council’s mission – to provide the premier energy […]

Posted on 23 March 2016

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Council joins APEC Working Group

Following support from member committees, the World Energy Council has been formally invited to join the Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation (APEC) Energy Working Group (EWG). As a guest to this key regional economic forum comprised of 21 member economies, the Council looks forward to fully contributing to the work of the APEC EWG. Initially, the Council is providing […]

Posted on 22 March 2016

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Africa Energy Indaba examined solutions for unlocking investment in Africa and scaling up renewables

International and African experts gathered at the 2016 Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) during the week starting Monday, 16 February, to share their insights and solutions to Africa’s energy crisis, while exploring the vast energy development and investment opportunities in Africa. The annual Indaba is the foremost African energy event for energy professionals from across the globe. […]

Posted on 24 February 2016

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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

What is the next game changer

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

2013 World Energy Congress, Session Bottom Line, "The rise of NOCs and Independents: More of the same or changing the game?", Day 2

The other players: Independents and National Oil Companies

The resource ownership map has changed dramatically to the benefit of National Oil Companies (NOCs) and International Oil Companies (IOCs), speakers at the Daegu 2013 Congress said on 15 October. NOCs now control approximately 90% of the world’s oil reserves and 75% of production as well as many of the major infrastructure systems. In addition, an […]

Posted on 15 October 2013

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Development banks need to focus on energy projects

The World Bank is too small for the scale of problems it needs to address, said Michael Eckhart, Managing Director & Global Head of Environmental Finance and Sustainability at Citigroup. “Why do we allow the World Bank to be so small? A friend at the World Bank said they are doing up to $30 billion […]

Posted on 15 October 2013

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