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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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Charting the Upsurge in Hydropower Development 2015

World Energy Resources The hydropower sector is set to double in potential to 2,000GW capacity by 2050.  It has enjoyed healthy growth in capacity worldwide over the last decade as stakeholders continue to value the potential of hydropower development to help meet growing energy demand.  Hydropower’s stock is also set to rise thanks to the […]

Published in May 2015

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WEC Rules of Trade and Investment: Catalysing the low-carbon economy

Global trade in environmental goods is estimated to be around US$1 trillion annually, and growing quickly. As countries struggle to deliver energy systems that are secure, affordable and environmentally sensitive, eliminating tariff barriers to environmental goods proves to be an essential tool to achieving all three goals. In this timely paper, the World Energy Council, […]

Published in January 2015

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World Energy Perspective: Energy Efficiency Technologies

  Energy efficient technologies can be found in all parts of the energy conversion chain: from exploration and production of primary energy resources, to power generation and oil refineries to electricity grids, to the final use in industry, buildings and transportation. But it is not only the technical potential which is crucial for successful introduction of energy efficient technologies. […]

Published in March 2014

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World Energy Perspective: Cost of Energy Technologies

The World Energy Council (WEC) and Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) have partnered to conduct a comprehensive comparative study of the costs of electricity production from a wide range of conventional and non-conventional resources. The aim and the unique value proposition of the study is to provide reference costs based on real project data, focusing […]

Published in October 2013

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World Energy Perspective: Energy Efficiency Policies – What works and what does not

The report, World Energy Perspective: Energy Efficiency Policies, is produced in collaboration with France’s energy and environment agency, ADEME. The report shows that more and more countries are now involved in energy efficiency policies, but also highlights numerous factors that have affected energy efficiency progress across 85 countries, representing more than 90% of global consumption. […]

Published in September 2013

Smart grid

World Energy Perspective: Smart grids – best practice fundamentals for a modern energy system

The transition towards a low-carbon economy will change both the way power is produced and the way it is consumed. Smart grids are an essential element to facilitate this transformation and for achieving energy security, affordable energy and climate change mitigation—the three elements of the “energy trilemma”. To help facilitate the deployment of smart grids, […]

Published in October 2012

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World Energy Perspective: Nuclear Energy One Year After Fukushima

The events on 11 March 2011 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which resulted from the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami, was initially expected to have wide ranging consequences on the global energy mix as governments and companies seek to address the challenges of providing a sustainable supply of energy for all. As part […]

Published in March 2012

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World Energy Resources: Shale Gas – What’s New

In mid-2010, the World Energy Council published a comprehensive report on shale gas. Given the slow pace of change and long lead-times typical to the energy sector, it is amazing to note how different the global outlook for shale gas is today compared to last year. A widely anticipated global gas market revolution has not […]

Published in December 2011

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World Energy Scenarios: Global Transport Scenarios 2050

Over the next four decades, the global transportation sector will face unprecedented challenges related to demographics, urbanization, pressure to minimize and dislocate emissions outside urban centres, congestion of aging transport infrastructure and growth in fuel demand. In light of these challenges and the levels of uncertainty, the World Energy Council (WEC) decided to re-examine the […]

Published in December 2011

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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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