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The Hydropower Knowledge Network of the Resources Study Group was proud to have its Report, ‘Charting the Upsurge in Hydropower Development’, launched this week at the World Hydropower Congress.


Amid growing uncertainties in the energy sector in Asia, the World Energy Council will be hosting closed talks with senior energy leaders and government ministers at its World Energy Leaders’ Summit (WELS), taking place on 17-18 June 2015 in Manila, Philippines. The summit will be co-hosted with the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Discussions will address the new dynamics of LNG markets, next steps towards regional integration, developments in smart innovation, financing resilient energy infrastructure, as well as the relevant policy implications.


World Energy Council senior leaders and members as well as African energy leaders gathered again this year in Johannesburg at the Africa Energy Indaba, the Council’s annual regional event for Africa. This year’s event commemorated the start of the Council’s Year of Africa, which aims to highlight the continent’s vast energy potential and explore ways of unlocking it for the benefit of the African people.


The World Energy Council’s members and senior leaders have gathered at our annual African regional meeting within the Africa Energy Indaba this week (16– 18 February) in Johannesburg, which this year also includes our Indaba Energy Leaders’ Dialogue.


The 2015 edition of the World Energy Issues Monitor has been published. The report was launched yesterday (20 January) at a prestigious industry event in Germany. Secretary General Christoph Frei presented the report findings at the Handelsblatt annual conference “Energy Industry” in Berlin, organised with the support of the WEC German member committee.


The World Energy Council brought its content and thought-leadership to many of the more than 10,000 delegates at this year’s 20th Conference of the Parties meeting (COP 20) in Lima, Peru, where 195 countries were negotiating a global climate agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). On 9 December the Council held an official side event in a packed room with the International Energy Agency (IEA). The event provided a forum to formally launch the Global Electricity Initiative’s (GEI) report following a brief press conference given by Philippe Joubert, GEI Executive Chair. The GEI report identifies the untapped opportunities for electricity utilities to further deliver a low-carbon future.


The World Energy Council’s Executive Assembly concluded last month (20–24 October) in Cartagena, Colombia with broad support from WEC members and the more than 700 attending representatives from governments and the private sector.
The World Energy Leaders’ Summit (23 October) within the Assembly provided a platform for the public and private sectors to carry out dialogue based around the framework of the energy trilemma: energy security, energy access, and environmental sustainability. World Energy Council Chair Marie-José Nadeau opened the Summit emphasising the importance of regional integration in the agenda.


The 2014 WEC Executive Assembly will take place in Cartagena next week (20–23 October) gathering the organisation’s leadership and the wider WEC community. More than 250 WEC members have confirmed their attendance, where choosing the host country of the 2019 Congress will be among the critical decisions to be made at the Assembly.
At the time of going to press, more than 20 ministers from 20 countries are confirmed to attend the Private Trilemma Ministerial Roundtable within the World Energy Leaders’ Summit on 23 October. More than 100 chief executives, heads of organisations, and WEC member committee leaders have confirmed their attendance at the World Energy Leaders’ Summit.

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