WEC Publications

For over 80 years WEC has produced highly regarded studies and publications to guide policymakers and industry leaders to deliver a more sustainable energy system. WEC publications are seen as essential tools by governments, industry, investors, NGOs and academia looking for impartial fact sand analysis to inform their decision making processes.

World Energy Issues Monitor 2019 | Managing the Grand Energy Transition

The World Energy Issues Monitor provides a snapshot of what keeps CEOs, Ministers and experts awake at night in nearly 90 countries. The monitor helps to define the world energy agenda and its evolution over time. It provides a high-level perception of what constitute issues of critical uncertainty, in contrast to those that require immediate action or act as developing signals for the future. It is an essential tool for understanding the complex and uncertain environment in which energy leaders must operate, and a tool through which one can challenge one’s own assumptions on the key drivers within the energy landscape.


World Energy Trilemma Index 2018

The World Energy Council’s Energy Trilemma Index ranks countries’ energy performance on three dimensions, Energy Security, Energy Equity, and Environmental Sustainability, based on global and national data. The results show impacts of decisions and changes, suggesting where policy coherence and integrated policy innovation can help develop well calibrated energy systems in the context of the Grand Energy Transition.


World Energy Insights – Blockchain: Anthology of Interviews & Insights Brief

The Council in partnership with PwC interviewed 39 companies/organisations to understand the maturity of blockchain technology in energy and also to understand its potential and its impediments.  We interviewed companies pushing new business models, traditional oil and gas companies, regulators and utilities to find out what is going on with all the blockchain hype. 


World Energy Issues Monitor 2018 | Perspectives on the Grand Energy Transition

The World Energy Issues Monitor provides the views of energy leaders from across the globe to highlight the key issues of uncertainty, importance and developing signals for the future.

The World Issues Monitor Tool presents in one place dynamic map views of the nine years of Issues Monitor data that has been collated by the World Energy Council. The maps convey a narrative of the key energy issues, regional and local variances and how these have changed over time. The tool allows the preparation of different maps for comparison and allows the manipulation of data by geography, over time, or by highlighting of specific energy issues


World Energy Scenarios 2017 | Regional Perspective for Sub-Saharan Africa

The world energy system is undergoing faster and more fundamental changes shaped by the significant diversity of regional energy perspectives.

Since 2010, the World Energy Council has been developing World Energy Scenarios. Scenario planning is a useful tool when dealing with accelerating changes and complex challenges.


The developing role of blockchain

Produced in collaboration with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), this White Paper looks at the potential of Blockchain Technology for the energy sector. Although blockchain is gaining wide-spread acknowledgement and use in the sector, there are still a number of uncertainties surrounding the technology and a combination of technological, regulatory and other practical challenges could stall its growth.


World Energy Trilemma Index 2017 : Monitoring the Sustainability of National Energy Systems

The World Energy Council’s definition of energy sustainability is based on three core dimensions: energy security, energy equity, and environmental sustainability. Balancing these three goals constitutes a ‘trilemma’ and is the basis for prosperity and competitiveness of individual countries.


World Energy Trilemma 2017 : Changing Dynamics – Using Distributed Energy Resources to Meet the Trilemma Challenge

The World Energy Trilemma 2017 report Changing dynamics – Using distributed energy resources to meet the Trilemma challenge,  prepared in partnership with global consultancy Oliver Wyman, along with the Global Risk Centre of its parent Marsh & McLennan Companies, tapped into the global insights of the traditional and emerging players in the electricity sector – including policymakers, regulators, traditional utilities, large consumer/ prosumers, and technology providers –to capture a wide range of views on the evolution of the energy sector.  The report identifies key focus areas for regulators and policymakers in the context of balancing the Energy Trilemma and driving forward progress on each dimension of the energy trilemma.


The Role of Natural Gas (Perspective from the 2016 World Energy Scenarios)

In October 2016, at the World Energy Congress in Istanbul , the World Energy Council launched the report ‘World Energy Scenarios 2016: THE GRAND TRANSITION’ to present three exploratory scenarios to 2060—Modern Jazz, Unfinished Symphony, and Hard Rock. Developed in collaboration with Accenture Strategy, the Paul Scherrer Institute, and a network of more than 70 members, from over 25 countries, the report states that two sources of energy, renewables and natural gas, will play a key role in the GRAND TRANSITION.


World Energy Focus 2017

The World Energy Focus is the official annual publication of the World Energy Council. The 2017 edition features interviews and articles from CEOs, energy ministers and leaders from across the world about the Energy Transition and how is innovation driving change. Get a fresh and insightful perspective from these international leaders into those Policy, Digital, Decarbonisation and Business models innovations that are driving the change and leading towards a sustainable energy future.


Alternative pathways for Mexico to 2030: exploring business model innovation

This White Paper describes a new work stream within the Council, using the World Energy Scenarios to explore the role of business model innovation in promoting the sustainable use of energy for all.

With this White paper, stakeholders can leverage the key findings of the Mexico case study to create solid mid-term strategies to face the future challenges within the energy industry. 31 new and emerging energy business models were identified as relevant at a global level and 26 were further assessed within the Mexican context. Business models were evaluated using the Energy Trilemma framework that reflects the Energy Reform in Mexico.


World Energy Scenarios 2017

The report ‘LATIN AMERICA &  THE CARIBBEAN Energy Scenarios’ presents three scenarios − Samba, Tango and Rock − as distinct trajectories for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) energy sector to 2060. This report is a first exploration of regional deep-dive scenarios and provides the basis and framework for the LAC region. The framework which consists of Modern Jazz, Unfinished Symphony and Hard Rock, which have been developed for the report ‘World Energy Scenarios 2016: THE GRAND TRANSITION‘ is used as a lens to test and explore how the key driving forces manifest and to investigate possible development trajectories for the LAC region, resulting into three scenarios: Samba, Tango and Rock.