Empowering energy at the World Energy Leaders’ Summit
With less than a month to go the countdown is on until the Mexican Government and World Energy Council host the World Energy Leaders’ Summit in Mexico City. The summit will form the highlight of a week of energy events entitled Dialogues for the Future of Energy Mexico 2017 (DEMEX) organised by Mexico’s Ministry of Energy (SENER) on 12 and 13 September. Hosted by the Secretary of Energy, Pedro Joaquin Coldwell, the summit will bring together approximately 100 Ministers and CEOs from across the world to drive change and deepen understanding of the grand energy transition at a critical time for the sector, including Yong Li, Director General, UNIDO, and Aziz Rabbah, Minister of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development, Kingdom of Morocco.
Still time to register for Lisbon Executive Assembly!
As the Council’s Executive Assembly in Lisbon draws nearer it is not too late to register! The much anticipated 2017 World Energy Council Executive Assembly is taking place in Lisbon from the 16-19 October 2017, hosted by the Council’s Portuguese member committee and co-hosted by the Government of Portugal. In addition to meetings taking place during the week, more than 80 Ministers and CEOs from the public and private sector will participate in a number of high-level discussions. The Council will be holding a Trilemma Summit as well as a Future Energy Leaders’ Summit.
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 roundtable in Wellington, to explore implications of the Council’s World Energy Scenarios to 2060 report for the country. Discussions focused on the question of potential next steps in New Zealand’s energy transition. New Zealand has a unique emissions profile. Agriculture, being approximately 50% of New Zealand’s GHG emissions, and transport, around 20%, are top of the agenda for New Zealand’s energy sector.
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. Furthermore, India’s Nationally Determined Contributions extends this ambition to 40% non-fossil fuels-based electricity generation capacity by 2030. USAID/India is assisting the government of India in integrating large scale, variable renewable energy (VRE) into the existing power grid through a five-year Greening the Grid (GTG) initiative. As part of this Initiative, USEA organised a study tour comprised of regulators, policymakers and system operators.