Leaders and specialists will discuss major issues in electricity and utility to meet increasing demand for electric power.
In the World Energy Congress (WEC) Daegu 2013 set to be held from October 13 to 17, global energy leaders will make extensive discussions on overall issues of energies, including oil, coal, natural gas, nuclear power and renewable energies. Among others, world’s experts and key leaders in electric power and utility will discuss major issues, such as depleting fossil fuels, surge in demand for electric power and climate change.
Major speakers in the electric power session include President Cho Hwan-eik of KEPCO, CEO Mohamed Al Hammadi of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), President Naomi Hirose of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) in Japan, and Chairman Liu Tsenya of State Grid Corporation of China.
And executives of world’s leading energy companies will also take part in discussion. These companies include Duke Energy in the United States, EdF and GDF Suez in France, RusHydro in Russia, National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) in India, Eskom in South Africa, Enel in Italy, and E.ON in Germany. Also, ministers of countries, which are influential in the world electricity market, such as Russia, South Africa, Spain, India, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Colombia, will share opinions on changes in energy market in emerging countries and long-term energy development plans.
Particularly, energy leaders and experts will discuss overall issues and subjects, including energy security issue, direction of nuclear power generation after the accident at nuclear power plant in Fukushima, power transmission systems, and technology innovation, that require to be settled for sustainable supply of electric power in the future.
At the same time, the World Energy Council will announce the ‘Report on World Energy Scenario to 2050’ in the WEC Daegu 2013 that is compiled by the Council, taking account of power plants, infrastructure and impact on environment. It will also unveil an analysis on trends and technology developments in power industry.
President Cho Hwan-eik of KEPCO who is also the chairman of the WEC Daegu 2013 Organizing Committee said, “Korea is one of members of leading group in Asia in developing power technologies, but it needs to seek a long-term and sustainable solution to meet demand for energies that soared during the past several decades. Since the WEC Daegu 2013 is a very special occasion where world’s leading CEOs and experts in electricity and utility industries gather together, I expect we can design energy roadmap for future strategies and find innovative ways of securing electric power.”
Secretary General Christoph Frei of the World Energy Council said, “The world is facing a turning point in energy industry. In the situation that economic growth in non-OECD countries is further increasing demand for energies, it is inevitable to change energy infrastructure.”
Secretary General Frei also noted, “In order to build energy infrastructure that requires extensive period of time and plan, we should consider many variables and innovate financial sector. In the WEC Daegu 2013, leaders and specialists will discuss a variety of major issues, such as diversity of investment methods, uncertainty of carbon prices, outlook in renewable energies and nuclear power, emergence of new business models, and separation of oil prices from gas prices.”