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World Energy Outlook 2014

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Published on November 13, 2014

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The global energy landscape is evolving at a rapid pace, reshaping long-held expectations for our energy future. The 2014 edition of the World Energy Outlook (WEO) will incorporate all the latest data and developments to produce a comprehensive and authoritative analysis of medium- and longer-term energy trends. It will complement a full set of energy projections – which extend from today through, for the first time, the year 2040 – with strategic insights into their meaning for energy security, the economy and the environment. Oil, natural gas, coal, renewables and energy efficiency will be covered, along with updates on trends in energy-related CO2 emissions, fossil-fuel and renewable energy subsidies, and universal access to modern energy services.

The WEO-2014 will also provide in-depth analysis of some topical energy sector issues:

Africa: This continent-wide focus, paying particular attention to the energy outlook for sub-Saharan Africa, will include data and projections for the entire region as well as for its key energy-producing and consuming countries. Key elements for analysis will be the prospects for improving access to modern energy services and for developing the region’s huge resource potential in a way that contributes not only to regional and global energy balances but also to local economic and social well-being.

Nuclear power: Uncertainties continue to cloud the future for nuclear – government policy, public confidence, financing in liberalised markets, competitiveness versus other sources of generation and the looming retirement of a large fleet of older plants. The study will assess the outlook for nuclear power and its implications.

Energy sector investment (WEO Special Report to be released 3 June): The analysis will provide a detailed assessment of current flows and future investment needs along the entire energy value chain, examining the scale of investment required and financing options. The report will also show how barriers to investment vary according to the strength of decarbonisation policies.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword and Acknowledgements
Executive Summary
Global energy trends9 chapters available
A framework for our energy future
Global energy trends to 2040
Oil market outlook
Natural gas market outlook
Coal market outlook
Power sector outlook
Renewable energy outlook
Energy efficiency outlook
Fossil-fuel subsidies
Outlook for nuclear power3 chapters available
Nuclear power today and decisions to come
Prospects for nuclear power to 2040
The implications of nuclear power
Africa energy outlook4 chapters available
Energy in Africa today
Outlook for African energy to 2040
African energy issues in focus
Building a path to prosperity
Annexes4 chapters available
Tables for Scenario Projections
Policies and measures by scenario
Definitions
References
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