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Our ad hoc World Energy Perspectives reports and studies are based on the expert insights from our network of leaders and practitioners and provide a bottom up assessment of key issues and technologies impacting the energy sector.

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Variable renewable energy sources integration in electricity systems 2016 – How to get it right

Renewable Energy Sources (RES) offer many benefits, such as CO2 emissions mitigation, fossil fuels import requirement reduction and new jobs creation, just to name a few. The report ‘Variable renewables integration in electricity systems: how to get it right’  identifies these challenges and offers solutions based on the experience of industry operators around the world. Sharing […]

Published in September 2016

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The road to resilience: Financing resilient energy infrastructure

New physical, financial and virtual risks are posing ever greater threats to the energy sector and consequently the wider economy. ‘The road to resilience: Financing resilient energy infrastructure’ examines the evolution of the most critical emerging risks to the energy sector – extreme weather events, energy-water-food nexus and cyber threats – and identifies measures to respond through […]

Published in September 2016

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The road to resilience – managing the risks of the energy-water-food nexus

‘The road to resilience – managing the risks of the energy-water-food nexus’ is the second risk dimension investigated as part of the Financing Resilient Energy Infrastructure initiative. The first report in the series, ‘The road to resilience – managing and financing extreme weather risk’, recommended moving towards a more systemic understanding of resilience, in order […]

Published in March 2016

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E-storage: Shifting from cost to value 2016

World Energy Resources Storage has often been described as the Holy Grail of the transition to a low-carbon energy system. Affordable, efficient storage would enable volatile renewable energies to be better integrated into electricity systems, it would greatly improve the economics of home solar systems, even allowing people to go off-grid, and it could help catalyse […]

Published in January 2016

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The road to resilience – managing and financing extreme weather risk

‘The road to resilience – managing and financing extreme weather risks’ report is the first in a series that addresses the need for more investment and system change to combat the new emerging risks, including extreme weather, the energy water food nexus and cyber risks. In North America when Hurricane Sandy hit Manhattan the lights stayed […]

Published in September 2015

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WEC Rules of Trade 2011: Energy Sector Environmental Innovation

The World Energy Council (WEC) has presented three principal statements dealing with rules of trade in the energy sector to COP17 and the WTO. It is hoped that these statements, representing the WEC membership of 3000 organisations in over 90 countries, will aid policy makers to develop sustainable structures to improve the utilisation of energy. […]

Published in November 2011

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Biofuels: Policies, Standards and Technologies

This report from the Biofuels task force of the World Energy Council reviews the debate between supporters and opponents of Biofuels, against the backdrop of rapidly increasing energy demand. Skyrocketing prices of crude oil in the middle of the first decade of the 21st century accompanied by rising prices for food focused political and public […]

Published in September 2010

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Energy Efficiency: A Recipe for Success

Produced in cooperation with ADEME and Enerdata, this report presents and evaluates energy efficiency policies and trends in about 90 countries around the world. It reviews the impact of energy efficiency measures and highlights the trends and results of their implementation. Energy efficiency is “a low hanging fruit” on the “energy tree” which can help […]

Published in September 2010

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European Climate Change Policy Beyond 2012

This report reflects the views of WEC European Members and does not necessarily represent the view of all WEC members. There is an increasing scientific consensus that human activities do trigger climate changes. Actual forecasts predict temperature increases that are likely to be beyond the adaptation potential of ecosystems. These considerations play a major role […]

Published in November 2009

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WEC Rules of Trade 2009: Trade and Investment Rules for Energy

Rules that govern energy trade is an issue that has generated increasing concern everywhere, from the standpoint of both the security of supply for consumers and security of demand for suppliers. This concern reflects the importance of rules that comprehensively address the needs from supply and demand point of view and integrate the international fabric […]

Published in September 2009

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