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World Energy Focus


This is the last edition before the great World Energy Week to be held next week in Lisbon, where the global network will reunite in a series of events, allowing for greater dialogue and engagement within the network and to share inspiring content and discussions with energy leaders! This is the last week to REGISTER and learn at our Members’ workshops, or to attend the Energy Trilemma Summit and the Portuguese Energy Conference which programmes will explore new emerging signals such as disruptive digitalisation, the impact of decarbonisation and the key roles of transport and innovation.


This September edition comes right before an important series of events that will put Mexico’s energy reform and the North American energy dialogue in the spotlight during the “Dialogues for the Future of Energy Mexico 2017” week (DEMEX). The World Energy Council, its network and partners are gathering approximately 100 Ministers, CEOs and energy experts from across the world to drive change and deepen understanding of the grand energy transition holding three major events: the World Energy Leaders’ Summit, the North American Regional Forum and the Empowering Energy workshop.
Ahead of his participation to these dialogues, Jaime Hernandez, CEO of the Mexico’s Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) who is also the new president of the World Energy Council’s Mexico chapter, speaks to World Energy Focus and outlines the impact and opportunities of this ambitious reform and what it means for its country and the region.


In the August edition, World Energy Focus explores energy in the cities of the future. With cities currently accounting for more than 70% of global energy-related GHG emissions and urban population forecasted to reach 66% of the global population by 2050, new low carbon model cities from around the world will play a crucial part in securing a sustainable energy future. Looking at another game changing area, our Innovation Feature is on Transport, diving into the new hype around electric vehicles (EVs). Recent announcements, from car manufacturers to governments, demonstrate that EVs are no more the expensive badge of an eco-warrior, but what will this mean for the energy sector.


In the July interview, Michael Hannibal, CEO of Offshore operations Siemens Gamesa, the company’s renewables division, explains the drivers behind its development and how the industry is planning to keep lowering the cost of wind energy. World Energy Focus explores what the Opec decision to extending its production cuts to regulate the market really means against the forecasted US oil production surge? Our Country Focus takes you to the far east where Malaysia’s primary energy mix is looking to evolve over the next two decades. While fossil fuels are expected to remain the country’s dominant source of energy, Malaysia has ambitious plans to expand its use of renewables in power generation to reduce its dependence on oil and gas and cut its carbon emissions by 45% by 2030, from 2005 levels. How are they planning to do it? And how will this impact their Energy Trilemma ranking from their current position in the top 50?


This 33rd edition of the World Energy Focus starts with a roundup of news from around the world impacting the energy sector: from the mitigated results of the Global Tracking Framework report on progress to achieve UN sustainable energy goals, to Christiana Figueres’ new “Mission 2020” campaign, we explore how access and decarbonisation are impacting the energy sector. At the same time, this edition looks at how new technologies are lowering costs and bringing new prospects in the oil sector, especially for the US Permian basin’s tight oil, whilst cooperation and regional dialogue are creating further opportunities between UK and India and in Arab countries. In this month’s interview, Charif Souki, former head of US Cheniere Energy now running Tellurian Investments, tells World Energy Focus about his vision for the future of LNG.


Commodity prices and climate change policy remain the top issues keeping energy leaders awake at night, according to the latest iteration of the World Energy Council’s ‘World Energy Issues
Monitor’. The survey of 1,200 energy leaders in business, industry, government and academia from 95 countries also reveals that regional integration and resilience issues are likewise high
on the list of concerns.


As Masdar, the famous sustainable City and renewables energy company from Abu Dhabi, celebreted its 10th anniversary, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO since February 2016, looks ahead to the next decade. ” We were blessed with fossil fuels”, he says in an interview with World Energy Focus. “But renewable energy will increasingly be the future”. Masdar is counting on continued growth, Al Ramahi, says.


The most significant US energy policy update in a decade, the energy Policy Modernization Act 2016, will be introduced into the new Congress in January 2017. With provisions for accelerated permitting for oil and gas drilling, construction of export LNG terminals, as well as energy efficiency standards and grid-integration of renewables, the outlook for US energy security is bright, according to Barry Worthington, Executive Director of the US Energy Association (USEA). He predicts that business, not policy, will be the major driver of decarbonisation.


The 21st century can be an African century – but only if energy access is enabled for the more than 620 million people living without electricity in sub-Saharan Africa. Decentralized energy is a faster and cheaper route than grid extension, according to Paul Smith Lomas and Aaron Leopold from international development charity Practical Action. A bottom-up approach to energy planning, including training, mapping and a tiered approach to energy access – instead of counting to the numbers of connections and megawatts available – can help ensure that Africa achieves universal energy access by 2030.

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