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The Current - December 2011
The Current
December 2011


Letter from the Editor

As the year draws to a close, the WCEE Current staff wanted to look at some of the global developments that concern energy and environment — and their impacts on policy decisions. We took advantage of the international presence here in Washington by reaching out to several embassies, asking them for an update on where their respective energy policies stand at the end of 2011. We are delighted to have the lead piece written by the Danish ambassador. We plan to expand our outreach for upcoming issues, looking for further perspectives from around the globe.

This marks our 6th publication in 2011; we hope you have found them useful and informative. Thank you for your support and feedback throughout the year. We are always looking for new ideas and topics. If you have issues you would like included, want to respond to an article we wrote, or pen an article yourself, please let us know. Your input helps us create a better and more relevant newsletter. I can be reached at

We look forward to hearing from you.

Happy Holidays!


Members in the News
2003 WCEE Woman of the Year and Past President Sheila Hollis
Wins Platts Global Energy Lifetime Achievement Award

Hollis was chosen from more than 200 entrants in more than 30 countries by an impartial panel of energy experts, regulators, corporate executives, academics and legislators. She is the first lawyer in private practice to receive the award.

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Scaling up the Green Transition in a Time of Global Financial and Economic Challenge
Ambassador of Denmark to the United States, Peter Taksoe-Jensen
Each year in December, government officials, NGO representatives, think tank representatives, activists, industry members and lobbyists travel to the annual climate summit under the UN Framework Convention for Climate Change, held this year in Durban, South Africa. Prior to these annual summits, reports and articles are published, alerting us to the gloomy climate challenges taking place.

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Sponsor Spotlight: Exelon
Karen Hill, Vice President of Federal Regulatory Affairs at Exelon.

My name is Karen Hill and I am Vice President of Federal Regulatory Affairs at Exelon. I’ve been a WCEE member for over 20 years. I serve as Exelon’s principal liaison to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), because of the substantial impact that FERC’s regulatory policies have on Exelon and its business units. My job at Exelon is to be the one point of contact ensuring consistency in Exelon’s support at FERC for the development of sound regulatory policy and competitive markets. The most interesting part of my job is the constant learning from the most remarkable experts in transmission, markets, and energy trading.

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Energy Policy in Germany
By Simone Koring, First Secretary, Energy and Climate,
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

Germany is highly dependent on energy imports. Energy supply security is, along with climate protection, a major driving force in our energy transition. The transition to a low carbon society is a win-win-win situation: not only do we reduce our dependence on foreign oil and increase our energy and national security, but we also reduce the levels of damaging greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere and we create jobs.

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Energy Policy in the United Kingdom
By Liz Kane, Embassy of the United Kingdom

The UK is facing an energy challenge – around a quarter of our existing capacity, nearly 20GW, will close in the next decade; we are becoming import dependent on oil and gas; energy prices are rising; and we have ambitious legally-binding targets for tackling climate change. To meet this multi-faceted challenge, in July this year, the British Government published two consultation papers which provide the policy and regulatory framework for building the UK’s electricity future. The Electricity Market Reform (EMR) and Renewables Road Map set out the framework for an electricity future which is diverse, clean, and affordable.

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Renewable Energy in the Netherlands
Janneke de Vries, Counselor for Spatial Planning and the Environment, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

For the Netherlands, renewable energy is not only an international growth market with many dynamics but also a way to reduce the effects of climate change. Climate change, rising energy prices, and energy security all necessitate a transition away from fossil fuels to renewable energy. The need to gain access to more low carbon, secure, and affordable sources of energy is inevitable but also presents a huge challenge. Two objectives of the current Dutch energy policy are especially important for the transition to renewables: the 20 percent CO2 reduction by 2020, including the emissions trading scheme, and a target of 14 percent renewable energy in 2020.

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