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Latin America plays central role in the energy transition

In addition to launches of two of the World Energy Council’s newest member committees – Panama and the Dominican Republic in August, Latin America and the Caribbean has been playing a central role in the energy sector as the region undergoes a major transformation. The Council’s Secretary General, Dr Christoph Frei and Vice Chair of […]

Posted on 29 September 2017

Future Energy Leaders contribute to Astana EXPO 2017 Manifesto

The Council’s young energy professionals had an amazing opportunity to drive dialogue at the Future Energy Forum, a series of 12 thematic conferences, organised in the framework of EXPO 2017. The theme of this year’s exhibition, held in Astana, Kazakhstan, earlier this month, was ‘Future Energy’. The focus of the Future Energy Forum was the […]

Posted on 28 September 2017

Dominican Republic officially joins the Council as it seeks to diversify its energy mix

  The Council welcomed the Dominican Republic as its 96th member committee, while promoting diversification in the country’s energy mix, at  launch event held at the Technological Institute of Santo Domingo (Intec), last month. During the ceremony, World Energy Council, Secretary General, Dr Christoph Frei, highlighted the challenges and opportunities facing the energy sector and […]

Posted on 28 September 2017

Global energy leaders drive debate on critical issues at Demex 2017

Key energy players convened at the World Energy Leaders’ Summit as the Dialogues for the Future of Energy Mexico 2017 (DEMEX), organised by Mexico’s Ministry of Energy (SENER). High-level speakers drawing from nearly 100 Ministers and CEOs from across the world including Rainer Baake, Germany’s State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs, Li Yong, Director […]

Posted on 12 September 2017

Ghana inspires young energy experts to become leaders of tomorrow

Ghana officially launched its national chapter of the World Energy Council’s Future Energy Leaders’ programme and welcomed ambitious young professionals interested in energy from Corporate institutions, government and Universities in an effort to join the scheme. The launch of the programme under the theme, ‘Building the capacity of young energy experts to think out of […]

Posted on 30 August 2017

India examines US strategies for integrating wind and solar

India plans to deploy unprecedented levels of renewable energy (RE) on its power grid – 175 GW installed capacity of renewable energy  by 2022, up from 43 GW currently. India’s Nationally Determined Contributions extends this ambition to 40% non-fossil fuels-based electricity generation capacity by 2030. This will greatly reduce the economy’s carbon intensity and strengthen […]

Posted on 17 August 2017

Next steps in New Zealand’s energy transition

New Zealand is a leader in the integration of renewables in the electricity sector with around 80% and around 40% as a share of total energy. The BusinessNZ Energy Council (BEC) hosted an exclusive member-only round-table in Wellington, to explore implications of the Council’s World Energy Scenarios to 2060 report for the country. Discussions focused […]

Posted on 17 August 2017

Strategic foresight expert joins World Energy Council

The OECD’s former Head of Strategic Foresight, Angela Wilkinson,  joins the World Energy Council as Senior Director for the Council’s World Energy Scenarios portfolio. Angela Wilkinson is joining the World Energy Council to further strengthen the Council’s Scenarios capability, working with Ged Davis, Executive Chair of the Council’s Scenarios flagship study. As the former Head of […]

Posted on 24 July 2017

Connecting Future Energy Leaders

The 2nd conference of the European Energy Students Network (ESSN) held in Berlin on 20 May, supported by the German Member committee of the World Energy Council, convened more than 100 young energy professionals and students from 12 countries in Europe, to explore future developments within the energy sector. In a panel discussion on nurturing […]

Posted on 21 July 2017

Mighty microbes for the energy revolution

At the World Energy Council’s Asia Regional meeting event hosted by the Korean member committee, Shigeru Muraki, Vice Chair for Asia Pacific and South Asia, noted that natural gas will continue to increase its share in the energy mix, increasing its role in distributed energy systems, as energy systems witnesses a shift from centralised to […]

Posted on 17 July 2017

Multiple pathways to Clean Energy: Canada’s Western Provinces

To advance the dialogue on the emerging energy-related opportunities and issues related to the transformation to clean energy, the Energy Council of Canada, the World Energy Council’s Canadian member committee, together with its member organisations from the public and private sectors across the region, held a conference on the theme Multiple Pathways to Clean Energy […]

Posted on 17 July 2017

Training for South Asia Regional Initiative for Energy Integration

Despite the tremendous benefits of regional cooperation, the region lags significantly behind most, if not all, regions of the world in energy trade and regional integration. Limited cross-border transmission interconnections and cross-border trading transactions are taking place only between India and Bhutan, India and Bangladesh and to a lesser extent between India and Nepal. Following […]

Posted on 17 July 2017

To coincide with G20 Hamburg, Christoph Frei explains why innovation policies are key to driving progress on the Energy Trilemma goals

To coincide with G20 Hamburg, Christoph Frei explains …

Posted on 13 July 2017

Unlocking the energy potential of the North Sea

A study published by the Netherlands member committee of the World Energy Council shows that the North Sea has a key role to play in unlocking value across all dimensions of the energy trilemma – reliability, affordability and sustainability. An initial high-level assessment shows an untapped value of €103 billion across four value pools combined […]

Posted on 4 July 2017

Vietnam becomes the Council’s newest direct member

The World Energy Council is pleased to welcome the Vietnam Green Energy Network (VGEN) as its  newest direct member, bringing the number of direct members to three. With 94 member committees, the Council now has a presence in 97 countries. David Kim, Chair of the World Energy Council, commented: “I am delighted to welcome Vietnam […]

Posted on 21 June 2017

Hydrocarbon geopolitics occupies prominent place in Energía 2017 report

In a fast-changing and complex geopolitical environment it is hard to forecast the evolution of the global geopolitical energy framework, both in the short and long-term. Nevertheless, both the geopolitical and energy agendas have become significantly more connected regarding the supply and price of hydrocarbons, over the past year. In this context, the Spanish Committee […]

Posted on 20 June 2017

Tanzanian representatives examine reverse power auctions in Brazil

Tanzania has 1,591 MW of installed grid generation capacity and approximately 76 MW in mini-grid systems to serve its population of over 51 million people. While these numbers are continuously increasing, electricity production meets less than 15 percent of the demand per year and only 30 percent of the population is connected to the grid. […]

Posted on 7 June 2017

Energy Efficiency: A Straight Path Towards Sustainability in Mexico

Energy efficiency continues to improve all over the world but despite the significant advances, much more can and should be done to improve the efficiency of energy production and use. Francois Moisan, leader of the World Energy Council’s Knowledge Network on Energy Efficiency, along with Didier Bosseboeuf of the French Environment and  Energy Management Agency, […]

Posted on 23 May 2017

Towards a cleaner society – A boilerplate for transition?

Tallinn, Estonia – According to the European Commission, the transport sector represents almost 25% of Europe’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and is the main cause of air pollution in cities. GHG emissions from the transport sector have more than doubled since 1970. The European Union has set the target to reduce CO2 emissions from transport […]

Posted on 23 May 2017

Leveraging the Trilemma: the promise of integrated electrification planning

As part of this years United Nations Sustainable Energy For All (UNSEforAll) Forum, the World Energy Council hosted a Partner Session on ‘leveraging the trilemma | the promise of integrated electrification planning.’ The UNSEforAll event on 2 April was one of a series of Energy Trilemma events that the World Energy Council is organising this […]

Posted on 27 April 2017

World Energy Council talks to its new Vice Chair for Africa

The World Energy Council talks to its new Vice Chair for Africa, Dr Elham Ibrahim, on the future for energy in Africa, the many exciting  initiatives under implementation in the region, and mobilising future female energy leaders into the sector. How do you see your role as AU Commissioner and Vice Chair for the Council’s […]

Posted on 14 March 2017

Young energy professional lands dream job after completing Future Energy Leader’s programme

The World Energy Council’s French Future Energy Leaders’ programme (FELS) provided Bianka Shoai-Tehrani the opportunity to land her dream job, as a researcher at the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth in Kyoto, Japan. Thanks to connections made through the FEL programme, Bianka’s successful interview during the 2013 World Energy Congress in Daegu, resulted […]

Posted on 15 February 2017

The political economy of energy prices

Over recent years, energy prices have played a key role in the development of political events. Oil price volatility has created winners and losers both at national and international level, as well as altering the balance of political economy at a national level and impacting on regional geopolitics.  What actions should governments undertake in order […]

Posted on 6 December 2016

Future energy markets: The grand transition of Estonian energy policy

The World Energy Council and some of Estonia’s and Nordic key energy players convened to discuss what the future holds for global, European, and Estonian energy policy in the face of rapid innovation and other new realities facing the energy sector. Dr Christoph Frei, Secretary General, World Energy Council, opened the conference with an overview […]

Posted on 24 November 2016

Experts exchange best practices on renewable energy integration as part of Power Africa initiative

Senegal is actively pursuing reform policies in the energy sector with a strong focus on promoting renewable energy. Senegal aims to achieve the electrification rate of 50% in rural areas, 96% urban areas, and 70% of national level by 2017. Current energy policy is reflected in the Lettre de Développement du Secteur de l’Energie, a […]

Posted on 24 November 2016

Future Energy Leaders launch Human Capital taskforce report at 23rd Congress

The energy sector is clearly facing a period of grand transition in the face of potent new challenges and innovative and disruptive technologies.  Oil prices will  continue to drop, fossil fuels will continue to supply more than three-quarters of world energy use in 2040, and natural gas  is expected to grow the fastest impacting on […]

Posted on 24 November 2016

Realising Africa’s potential at the 23rd World Energy Congress

With Africa’s rapidly growing population making ever increasing demands for greater energy access it is difficult to overestimate the scale of the challenge facing the continent. But it is also hard to match the sense of optimism and excitement that energy experts express about the opportunities to transform sub-Saharan Africa’s energy footprint in positive and […]

Posted on 24 November 2016

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

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

USEA holds its 12th Annual State of The Energy Industry Forum

The United States Energy Association (USEA), our US member committee held its Annual State of the Energy Industry Forum, for the 12th year running.

Posted on 19 May 2016

Estonia to host International Symposium to celebrate 100 years of oil shale mining

n the context of a global energy transition where countries are looking at what is the best energy resources mix to balance their Energy Trilemma, Estonia will be hosting an International Symposium on Oil Shale. The symposium called “Oil Shale 100” will be held 20 – 23 September.

Posted on 18 May 2016

Greek vote of confidence for the energy sector

More than two hundred participants attended the first energy market international conference organised by the World energy Council’s Greece Member Committee and the Hellenic Association for Energy Economics

Posted on 18 May 2016

Japanese nuclear plants still standing after earthquake hits Kumamoto

Following the magnitude 6.5 earthquake that hit Kumamoto Prefecture in Kyushu, southern region of Japan on 14 April, World Energy Council Japan reports no damage was done to the five reactors of the two nuclear power stations in the region, the Sendai and Genkai Nuclear Power Stations, both operated by Kyushu Electric Power Company.

Posted on 18 May 2016

The Paris Agreement: an ambitious course

Members of the Conseil Français de l’Énergie recently gathered to hear the Chair of the Agency for Environment and Energy Management (ADEME) share his views on the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) two months after it was held, and analyse the results of the Paris Agreement.

Posted on 18 May 2016

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

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

Commodity prices and energy transition top 2016 World Energy Congress programme

The 2016 World Energy Congress just announced the first key highlights of its official programme. Headline sessions will include weathering the commodity price storm, the impact of COP21 on the energy sector and more. Prominent leaders such as the CEOs of EDF, Saudi Aramco, E.ON, Econet, Shell and many more have already confirmed their speaking roles. Join the debate in Istanbul from 9 to 13 October !

Posted on 27 April 2016

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