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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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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

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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

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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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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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Prospects low for international nuclear safety standards

More than two years after the Fukushima reactor accidents, the World Energy Congress on 15 October was told that the establishment of legally binding international regulations on nuclear safety remains an elusive goal. Most experts pinned their hopes on enforcement of regulations by individual governments and greater international collaboration within the nuclear industry. “More needs […]

Posted on 15 October 2013

2013 World Energy Congress, Day 2, Session Regional Crossroads, "Eurasia: Partnerships to unlock its full potential"

Untapped resources in Central Asia promise great rewards and challenges

Central Asia offers vast potential for energy procurement, but challenges lie ahead for the region’s nations as well as the foreign players that are needed to develop energy resources, which could produce around 3% of global energy needs, the World Energy Congress was told on 15 October. The area offers resources that include coal, natural […]

Posted on 15 October 2013

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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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