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International Energy Agency

The International Energy Agency or IEA is:

an intergovernmental organisation which acts as energy policy advisor to 28 member countries in their effort to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for their citizens. Founded during the oil crisis of 1973-74, the IEA’s initial role was to co-ordinate measures in times of oil supply emergencies. Energy security remains a key priority, but has expanded beyond concerns about oil supplies to include natural gas and electricity. The Agency’s mandate has also broadened to incorporate the “Three E’s” of balanced energy policy making: energy security, economic development and environmental protection. Current work focuses on diversification of energy sources, renewable energy, climate change policies, market reform, energy efficiency, development and deployment of clean energy technologies, energy technology collaboration and outreach to the rest of the world, especially major consumers and producers of energy like China, India, Russia and the OPEC countries.

The IEA has a staff of around 250, mainly energy experts and statisticians from its 28 member countries. It carries out research on energy, compiles data, and puts out publications, such as World Energy Outlook 2010 and Energy Technology Perspectives: Strategies and Scenarios to 2050.

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