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World Energy Perspectives: The road to resilience, 2016

Energy systems must be smarter, not just stronger, to withstand the risks from extreme weather events, the energy-water-food nexus and cyber-attacks. The "Road to Resilience" series shows the evolution of these risks, their impact on infrastructure and identifies measures to improve the financing conditions and resilience of global energy systems to cope with these new challenges.

WEC Rules of Trade and Investment

The design of our future energy system is a key political task. The desired transition from a fossil to a renewable energy system presents many challenges, but also creates prospects and opportunities for the economy and the labor market.

 

The study highlights measures, through which the objectives of the energy, environmental and climate policy are best achieved.

E-mobility: Closing the emissions gap

Electric vehicles will need to increase their combined market share from the current 1% to 16% by 2020 to achieve the aggressive fuel economy standards set by regulators.

 

That’s the conclusion of new WEC report, which states that electric vehicles should be considered central to any policy and technology portfolio designed to lower transport emissions.

Energy-Water-Food Nexus

This report focuses understanding how the energy sector can better manage impacts on land and water whilst still aiming to balance the Energy Trilemma. The initial findings lay out the initial understanding of the risks posed by the energy-water-food nexus in the energy industry. By understanding how to technically and financially address these risks, the report provides recommendations for the energy industry to work together with the financial community, investors and policymakers to share and promote measures that must be incorporated into energy infrastructure design and investment decisions.

Unconventional gas, a global phenomenon

The growth of unconventional gas is spreading across the world with major implications over many years for markets and prices according to a new WEC study 'Unconventional gas, a global phenomenon', which looks at where and how fast the revolution is taking place.

E-storage: Shifting from cost to value 2016

Energy storage could be a game-changer for renewables. Affordable, efficient storage would enable volatile renewable energies to be better integrated into electricity systems, it would greatly improve the economics of home solar systems, even allowing people to go off-grid, and it could help catalyse a revolution in electric cars as well as helping to solve the problems of the grid going down or grid overload. This report seeks to interrogate what the cost base of an array of storage technologies really means. The key conclusion is that a narrow focus on levelised cost alone can be misleading. Throughout the cost modelling process, the same issues repeatedly emerged, namely the importance of defining the business model under consideration and how the storage plant was being operated.

Managing and financing extreme weather risks

New approaches are required for the management and financing of energy infrastructures as companies and governments seek to meet the challenges of increased extreme weather risks. New thinking is needed says the latest report from the World Energy Council, 'The road to resilience - managing and financing extreme weather risks'.

Security of supply: Think European

The World Energy Council - Germany published a comprehensive study on the benefits of closer cooperation between the electricity markets. The study on the basis of large datasets of different network operators shows that a significant benefit comes through in-depth energy economic integration. In particular, it is important to strengthen the networks and not to limit the cross-border exchange of electricity.

Hydropower Development 2015

World Energy Resources Report 2015: Charting the Upsurge in Hydropower Development is a critical and expansive review of the current state and trends within the hydropower sector, examining the sectors development from technological, economic and socio-political perspectives. The report highlights the key opportunities for further growth in the sector, along with the major challenges it must overcome in realising its future potential.