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WEC New Zealand highlights world energy issues

The World Energy Issues Monitor will be a hot topic in New Zealand’s energy discussions this week as the BusinessNZ Energy Council (BEC), the WEC member committee, launches the report nationally. John Carnegie, Secretary of the committee, talks about what’s keeping New Zealand energy leaders awake at night.

Posted on 4 March 2014

José Manuel Soria, the Spanish Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism

Global governance, energy efficiency and unconventionals highlighted at WEC Spain event

Energy efficiency management and environmental care have become the top two issues in Europe, and so imminent action is required to guarantee the energy sector’s competitiveness and profitability.

Posted on 31 January 2014

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USEA helps East Africa identify clean energy strategies

Senior executives from the electric utilities, energy ministries, regulatory authorities and private sector from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda took part in a workshop focusing on strategies for clean energy deployment in East Africa.  Delegates identified best practices for deploying clean energy technologies given financial constraints. The Workshop on Clean Energy Development Strategies in […]

Posted on 1 September 2012

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WEC Mexico explores path towards climate reduction strategy

Members of WEC Mexico gathered to hear the latest on Mexico’s strategy towards a low-carbon economy. Mexico’s officials are developing the strategy to meet the country’s carbon reduction goals as stated in its new law on climate change, introduced in June and to be enacted in October. The law calls for a binding 30% reduction […]

Posted on 1 September 2012

From left: José Antonio Vargas Lleras, Christoph Frei, and Javier Genaro Gutiérrez Pemberty, President of Ecopetrol

WEC engages Colombian government and industry

Dr Christoph Frei, WEC Secretary General, engaged Colombian government and industry on WEC activities during a visit to the country on 31 August and 1 September. Dr Frei met with Dr Adriana Soto, Colombia’s Deputy Minister of Environment, and presented to her the WEC Energy Sustainability Index, published as a part of the WEC’s assessment […]

Posted on 1 September 2012

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Interview: Rob Whitney (EFNZ) and Phil O’Reilly (BusinessNZ)

EFNZ, the WEC’s New Zealand member committee, has recently joined forces with BusinessNZ to form the BusinessNZ Energy Council. Here, Rob Whitney and Phil O’Reilly tell us how the new organisation will be championing the ‘NZ Inc.’ brand. Your two organisations have joined forces. What’s the thinking behind it? Phil O’Reilly, BusinessNZ: Secure, affordable and […]

Posted on 15 August 2012

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WEC Portugal seminar: Interconnection capacity needed for competitive deregulated market

Government, regulators, gas and electricity suppliers, and consumer groups gathered at a seminar organized by WEC Portugal in Lisbon last month (10 July) to address the challenges towards a competitive and efficient energy market in the Iberian Peninsula. Portugal and Spain have been operating MIBEL, the Iberian electricity market, and are building a gas market, […]

Posted on 1 August 2012

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German experience shows that balancing the energy trilemma is no easy business

In order to achieve an energy transition, policymakers must set the right framework towards a free and efficient electricity market, argues the latest WEC Germany report, “Energy for Germany 2012”, which analyses the risks of a highly regulated and subsidized energy market. The German energy transition is posing unprecedented challenges to the country’s electricity market.  […]

Posted on 1 August 2012

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Experts underscore financial benefits of building efficiency at USEA-sponsored forum

Public and private sector leaders outlined legislation, policies and business strategies for reducing energy use and operating costs in buildings at the 23rd Energy Efficiency Forum, co-sponsored by the United States Energy Association (USEA), the World Energy Council’s US member committee, on 14 June. Richard Kauffman, senior advisor to the US Secretary of Energy, kicked off […]

Posted on 15 July 2012

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WEC Germany drives discussion on future of transport

Experts from German industry, research, and government discussed the future of transport technologies and the current research and development landscape at the WEC Germany conference, Energy and Mobility Technologies of Tomorrow. Karl Rose, WEC director of policies and scenarios, presented the findings from the WEC study, Global Transport Scenarios 2050, published in 2011.  Amongst its […]

Posted on 15 July 2012

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WEC Switzerland discussion platform

The Swiss Energy Council co-organised a conference on 14 June in Berne where the Swiss electrical industry presented electricity scenarios to the country’s policymakers. The study, by the Association of Swiss Electricity Companies and based on hourly simulation of power data, details three electricity scenarios for the country without new nuclear power plants.

Posted on 1 July 2012

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Bulgarian Energy Day

At the recent Bulgarian Energy Day, some 100 decision-makers from government and the private sector gathered to discuss national energy policies and industry’s response. The conference, organised by WEC Bulgaria and held on 4–5 June, highlighted how Bulgarian energy policies have provided a boost to energy business and investment.  The programme covered the new emissions […]

Posted on 15 June 2012

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