Connecting for Energy Progress

In today’s world, the energy industry plays a crucial role in our daily lives. The need for clean energy sources and reducing our carbon footprint has become more important than ever before. To achieve this, it is critical for the energy industry to collaborate globally and work together towards a common goal.

The industry faces many challenges, from cutting carbon emissions to increasing the use of renewable energy sources. These challenges require a collective effort from all stakeholders in the industry to coordinate and find innovative solutions.One of the benefits of global collaboration is the sharing of knowledge and expertise, which I’m looking forward to at the 26th World Energy Congress in April 2024 in Rotterdam.

Different regions of the world have unique challenges and opportunities when it comes to regulation, generation mix, and day-to-day operations. Partnering with experts from different parts of the world can provide new perspectives and fresh ideas that can help overcome these challenges.

Especially when at the same time, the energy industry is also facing increasing pressure from consumers to reduce its environmental impact, while maintaining reliability and controlling costs. In the United States, specifically California, we’ve taken great strides towards this effort, shown by Senate Bill 100, which requires a decarbonized power system by 2045. Consumers are becoming more engaged and understanding of the impact of their energy consumption and are demanding more sustainable energy sources. Collaborating with consumers and other stakeholders can help the industry meet these demands and create the clean power grid of the future.

Finally, collaboration is essential for the energy industry to remain competitive. The industry is constantly evolving, and new technologies and energy sources are emerging. We’re seeing a massive rise of inverter-based resources and batteries alleviating the stress on the grid during tight supply times. Sharing new ideas amongst industry experts allows everyone to stay up-to-date with the latest trends and innovations, ensuring that they remain competitive in the market.

Collaboration is and will be critical for the energy industry to power progress together. It allows for the sharing of knowledge, resources, and enables the industry to meet the demands of consumers. Working together is the key to unlocking the potential of renewable energy sources and creating a more sustainable future for all.

Rachel Melton

Future Energy Leader at World Energy Council

Senior Operations Compliance Analyst at California ISO


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"As an energy entrepreneur from Nairobi, I'm looking forward to seeing how the World Energy Congress promotes better energy for communities in Africa and to being inspired by how others are tackling the global challenge of modern energy access for all."

Charlot Magayi

Founder and CEO, Mukuru Clean Stoves

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"Three major world crisis - covid, climate and conflict - have revealed the importance and fragility of energy systems. They have reminded us that we must manage the energy trilemma of security, affordability, and sustainability to avoid new shocks and crises."

Ben Hutt

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Evergen

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"As we enter the age of the Anthropocene, our human footprint deepens, and we are changing the world as never before. I'm looking forward to conversations about energy for both people and planet at the 26th World Energy Congress, as we prepare for a fundamental shift in how we live."

Gaia Vince

Journalist, Broadcaster and Author

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"Few events can boast of bringing together such diverse energy leadership and the perspectives of so many different sectors under one roof. I look forward to reconnecting with my peers at the 26th World Energy Congress."

Dr. Leonhard Birnbaum

CEO and Chairman of the Board of Management, E.ON

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"We know that new zero is not enough and at ACCIONA we have a planet-positive strategy and the provision of renewable energy is at the heart of regeneration. It's a privilege to be part of the 26th World Energy Congress and its vision to redesign energy for people and the planet"

Rafael Mateo

Chief Executive Officer, ACCIONA EnergÍa