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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.


The WEC will be hosting its 2014 Executive Assembly in Cartagena, Colombia on 20–23 October, gathering the organisation’s leadership and the wider WEC community.The event will play host to the meetings of the WEC’s Officers Council and Standing Committees. At the Executive Assembly plenary, member committees will be making key decisions such as selecting the host country for the 2019 World Energy Congress, the race for which is between Brazil, Russia, and the UAE. Around 250 members from the WEC community have confirmed their attendance.


The Scenarios study group held two workshops in Buenos Aires last month (28–30 July) to explore plausible storylines for an upcoming deep-dive on Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The study group’s discussion (29–30 July) built on the insights provided by regional energy experts in an open workshop on 28–29 July. From the discussions the Scenarios study group was able to formulate broad scenarios storylines for the LAC region. These storylines will be further discussed and refined in another Scenarios workshop to take place in London on 2–3 September.


The WEC’s World Energy Scenarios team will be hosting a workshop in the Latin America and Caribbean region this month. Energy strategists and other decision-makers from the region are encouraged to attend.
The regional Scenarios workshop, hosted by CACME, the WEC Argentinian committee, will be held in Buenos Aires on 28 July. At the workshop regional experts will inject their on-the-ground expertise of regional energy issues – with discussion hinged around the findings of the latest World Energy Issues Monitor – and interrogate the plausibility of broad scenarios storylines.


As most of you will have noticed, WEC Inside has evolved over the last few years. To continue to build on our success and in response to positive feedback from our members, from July, we will be producing a new monthly online publication: World Energy Focus.


WEC will be active at the UN’s first Sustainable Energy for All Forum, to take place this week (4–6 June) at the UN headquarters in New York.
At the Forum heads of state, ministers, business leaders, and civil society will be assessing progress to and charting the way forward to reach targets on energy access, energy efficiency, and renewables.


Amid growing uncertainties in the energy sector of eastern and central Asia, the WEC will be hosting closed talks with more than 60 senior energy figures including ministers and company CEOs at its World Energy Leaders’ Summit, to take place in Astana, Kazakhstan, this week (21-22 May). The Summit will be co-hosted with Karim Massimov, the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan.


The United States Energy Association (USEA), the WEC US committee, hosted its Public Policy Forum with its annual membership meeting last month (23 April) in Washington, DC.
Influential leaders from across the North American energy sector updated delegates on the latest policies and trends affecting the energy industry. US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz addressed the need for energy efficiency standards and the urgency for climate change action.


The WEC is working with the UN to organise the first annual sustainable Energy for All Forum, to be held at the UN headquarters in New York from 4 to 6 June. This collaboration is the latest of the WEC’s continual support for the UN SE4ALL initiative. The upcoming event will coincide with two years since the Rio+20 meeting, where world leaders stated that “we are all determined to act to make sustainable energy for all a reality and, through this, help to eradicate poverty and lead to sustainable development and global prosperity.”


The WEC recently presented its new report, “World Energy Perspective: Energy Efficiency Technologies”,to a roundtable of experts and decisionmakers at the 1st Energy Efficiency Workshop on 1 April in Paris organised by the International Chamber of Commerce.


Over 55 representatives from industry associations, energy companies, federal departments, foundations and local embassies gathered in Ottawa on 13 and 14 March at an event organised by the Energy Council of Canada, the WEC national committee, to discuss the experiences, lessons learned, and useful tips arising from global operations of the energy sector.

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