U.S. rejoins the World Energy Council

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Under efforts to play a key role in the global energy transition, the U.S. has rejoined the World Energy Council ahead of the 2022 summit in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

The U.S. co-founded the WEC in 1923. The U.S. hosted editions of the World Energy Congress in 1936, 1974 and 1998, fueling energy conversations amongst global powers.

Joining the “independent, neutral and impartial member-based international energy network” will enable the U.S. to share its expertise to enhance the global energy industry, as well as to access best practices from council members on how to, for instance, optimize its adoption of digital solutions and renewable energy as the digital transformation and decarbonization of energy intensifies.

“We are very happy to welcome back the United States to the World Energy Council community. The U.S. was a founding member of the World Energy Council back in 1923 and has been, throughout the past century, a very active and important member of our worldwide network,” said Dr. Angela Wilkinson, secretary-general of WEC.

The development follows the withdrawal of the U.S. in crucial global and regional consortiums and agreements such as the Paris Climate Change Agreement, the World Health Organization and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action under the Trump Agreement. However, with the Biden-Harris Administration focusing on addressing climate change, the U.S. is returning to these agreements.

“Today, the United States is a country leading human and technological innovation across the energy mix,” Dr. Wilkinson added. “It is committed to advancing a clean and socially inclusive energy transition and is actively supporting nations all around the world. With the return of the United States to the COP agreements, the world is seeing a new and more inclusive era in global energy leadership, and I’m sure we will all benefit from the influence and impact the US will have at a global scale to achieve more energy climate neutrality ambitions.”

U.S.-based research and development organization the Electric Power Research Institute has been tasked with hosting the country’s new U.S. World Energy Council Committee. “R&D is the foundation of an affordable, reliable, and equitable clean energy transition. Partnering with the World Energy Council enhances EPRI’s ability to advance essential innovation through global collaboration,” said Arshad Mansoor, president and chief executive officer of EPRI.

WEC has more than 3,000 members from over 90 countries and hosts its congress every three years to network and promote communication and collaboration amongst its members.

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