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World Energy Council launches new resilience report at IEFA Toronto Global Forum

Emerging physical, financial and virtual risks pose an ever-greater threat to the security and supply of energy. A new World Energy Council report The Road to Resilience: Financing resilient energy infrastructure, launched at the IEFA Toronto Global Forum on 13 September by World Energy Secretary General, Christoph Frei, contends that energy systems must be smarter, not just stronger, to […]

Posted on 21 September 2016

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Variable renewables integration in electricity systems – how to get it right

Renewables, including hydro, now account for over 30% of the total global installed power generation capacity and 23% of total global electricity production. In the past 10 years, wind and solar PV have witnessed an explosive average annual growth of 23% and 50% respectively, although their combined contribution to the global electricity supply is currently only 4%.

Posted on 21 September 2016

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World Energy Council to launch cyber resilience report at German Energy Day

The World Energy Council will launch a new report on managing and financing cyber during an event entitled ‘Trends and Innovations in the digital Energy world’ risks at Energy Day Germany on 29 September 2016, organised by the Council’s German Member Committee.

Posted on 21 September 2016

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23rd World Energy Congress amazing opportunity for member committees to network with key energy players

With just under three weeks to go until the Congress, the World Energy Council programme team has confirmed that there are now more than 250 speakers from 81 countries, including 55 ministers and delegates from over 100 countries already registered. The 23rd World Energy Congress is an amazing opportunity for member committees to network and […]

Posted on 21 September 2016

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World Energy Council launches new Rules of Trade report at APEC

A new report by the world Energy Council addressing the need to tackle non-tariff measures was launched at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Market Access Group meeting in Lima, Peru, on 18 August.

Posted on 19 August 2016

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World Energy Council to pre-launch integrated resilience report at Canadian Energy Panel Breakfast

World Energy Council Secretary General, Christoph Frei, will be presenting an exclusive preview of a new informative report at an Energy Panel Breakfast organised by the Council’s Canadian Member Committee, being held in conjunction with the Toronto Global Forum of the International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA) on 12 to14 September 2016.

Posted on 19 August 2016

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Future Energy Leaders set to declare vision for the future at 23rd World Energy Congress

The  Future Energy Leaders’ (FEL) Congress will be an amazing opportunity for young energy leaders to network and meet with senior energy leaders as well as highlight the value of the Council’s Future Energy Leaders’ programme to young professionals within the energy sector. The FEL-100 Congress which will take place in parallel to the main […]

Posted on 19 August 2016

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Colombia launches fourth chapter of World Energy Academy

Almost 70 energy professionals were introduced to the World Energy Council as Colombia launched its fourth chapter of the World Energy Academy on 3 August.

Posted on 19 August 2016

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World Energy Council help to shape new United Nations Strategic Framework

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim convened the fifth meeting of the Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) Advisory Board on 15 and 16 June.

Posted on 15 July 2016

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New E-mobility report distributed at G20 Energy Ministers’ meeting

The World Energy Council recently launched a new report on E-mobility which was distributed before Ministers during the G20 Energy Ministers meeting in Beijing with the support of Berat Albyarak, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey.

Posted on 15 July 2016

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Romanian FELS declare their vison for the future of energy at FOREN 2016

Romanian Future Energy Leaders (FEL Romania) had an opportunity to propose innovative ideas at a round-table themed ‘Ener-Generation for Tomorrow’s Challenges’, during this year’s World Energy Council’s Central & Eastern Europe Regional Energy Forum (FOREN 2016).

Posted on 15 July 2016

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Top energy leaders convene in Latin America

With the backdrop of high uncertainty for the energy sector, the World Energy Council gathered energy leaders from across Latin America in Rio de Janeiro on 12 and 13 July to discuss the future of the sector.

Posted on 15 July 2016

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World Energy Council’s message of support to the government of Turkey

On behalf of the board of the World Energy Council, I wish to express our revulsion at the dreadful terrorist attack that took place at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul. We wish to extend the condolences of the entire World Energy Council family to the people of Turkey in this time of difficulty.

Posted on 30 June 2016

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Standing committee meetings held this month begin the countdown to the 2016 Executive Assembly week

The World Energy Council held all standing committee meetings in London between 8 and 9 June and welcomed representatives of the Council’s member committees from across the globe to discuss key topics in the run up to the 23rd World Energy Congress and Executive Assembly week in Istanbul. The two days of meetings were preceded […]

Posted on 23 June 2016

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World Energy Council welcomes new regional Vice Chair

As the Council welcomes its new Vice Chair for the Asia Pacific & South East Asia, Shigeru Muraki, who succeeded Arup Choudhury, talks about his plans for the next three years and the vision for his role.

Posted on 22 June 2016

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World Energy Council Co-Chair plays host to international media round-table

In anticipation of the 23rd World Energy Congress in Istanbul, current Council Co-chair Younghoon David Kim hosted a media round-table in Seoul with senior foreign correspondents on 24 May.

Posted on 21 June 2016

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2016 Trilemma report receives warm reception at the Clean Energy Ministerial

For the second year running the World Energy Council was invited to present the World Energy Trilemma report to the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7).

Posted on 9 June 2016

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Clean Energy Ministerial: “A down-to-earth, results-orientated programme”

The CEM is all about “personally engaging ministers so that they want to push forward clean energy initiative in the world”, says Jonathan Elkind, the man behind the US hosting of the 7th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) in an interview with World Energy Focus. Member countries represent 75% of global greenhouse gas emissions and 90% of […]

Posted on 27 May 2016

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World Energy Scenarios: Update

Following the series of regional workshops held throughout the world, the World Energy Scenarios work has finalised its consultative stage and is now entering a new major phase of its development work

Posted on 19 May 2016

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Future Energy Leaders push for greater diversity

The World Energy Council is pleased to welcome this year’s 35 new participants into its Future Energy Leaders (FEL) programme. The 100 energy leaders who are part of the FEL programme are highly motivated young professionals with a solid interest and proven track record in the energy sector with the potential to become a leader.

Posted on 19 May 2016

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Market Design Task Force present memorandum to European Commission

The World Energy Council’s European Market Design Task Force recently met with the Director General of the European Commission, Dominique Ristori, to present highlights of a memorandum on energy market designs.

Posted on 9 May 2016

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Focus: New paradigms for the nuclear energy sector

A wave of innovation is sweeping across the nuclear sector – so much so that it is difficult for financiers to pick winners at this stage. But the biggest innovation may come in the form of a new investment paradigm that involves private investors much more than in the past, writes specialised nuclear energy reporter Dan Yurman in the May issue of World Energy Focus, the World Energy Council’s magazine.

Posted on 3 May 2016

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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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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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