The Guardian, writing of the new IEA Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report, quoted Justin Wilkes, the deputy chief executive of the European Wind Energy Association, as saying, "The IEA report hits the nail on the head when it comes to ambitious national targets for 2030." The article noted that renewable capacity grew at its strongest pace last year and that renewables produce almost 22% of the world's electricity. But it quoted IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven's warning that "just when they are becoming a cost-competitive option in an increasing number of cases, policy and regulatory uncertainty is rising in some key markets."
Europe countries must work together if they want to reduce their reliance on Russian gas imports, IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven told Reuters in an interview in Norway. "It's important that Europe enforces its internal energy strategy," she said during the ONS Stavanger conference on the future of energy. "Countries in Europe are not independent when it comes to energy because there's huge interdependence and decisions made in one country have an influence on other countries."
Despite geopolitical turmoil in some producing regions, burgeoning US unconventional production has helped keep oil and gas markets stable, Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven explains in a video interview at the ONS-2014 conference in Norway.
European countries are working to fill gas storage and already have reverse flows in place in parts of the continent to counter the effects of any supply disruption resulting from the conflict in Ukraine, IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven told Argus in an interview during the ONS Stavanger conference in Norway. There have been no disruptions in supply so far and European gas prices have not risen, Ms. Van der Hoeven told the energy-focused news service, but the IEA is closely monitoring the situation.
Lower U.S. fuel prices because of the shale-gas boom are prompting manufacturers of petrochemicals, aluminum, fertilizers and plastics to leave Europe, IEA Chief Economist Fatih Birol told the CBI Energy Conference 2014 in London on 17 July, Bloomberg reported. “Many petrochemicals companies in central Europe are moving out,” the financial news service quoted him as saying. “Thirty million jobs are in danger.”
Reuters conducted what it called a wide-ranging interview on energy policy with IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven on 15 July. Explaining the mission of the IEA, she told the global news service: "It's our work to raise issues. And ask questions and also urge countries to think about these issues because they have to find an answer."
IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven told the annual U.S. Energy Information Administration conference that despite talk of a golden age of American energy security, the situation may not be “as secure as we think”, Fuel Fix reported on 14 July. “Although things look bright, there’s no time for complacency,” she said, noting the challenges tied to climate change and the increasing role of gas as a source of U.S. electricity.