A Tour of the Bacardi Distillery in Puerto Rico was conducted as part of the event
A Tour of the Bacardi Distillery in Puerto Rico was conducted as part of the event

WADE’s first Caribbean Energy Conference, held on 14-16 May, 2014 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, was a tremendous success and plans are already underway to hold the event early in 2015.

Dr Neil Parsan, Ambassador of the Republic of Trinidad
Dr Neil Parsan, Ambassador of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the United States of America and Mexico (left) with Pedro R Pierluisi, US Congressman, Resident Commissioner in Washington

Top government officials met with key industry leaders from the power, industrial, pharmaceutical, hospitality, maritime, natural gas and power technology sectors for a discussion of a variety of topics including:

  • Opportunities for gas-fired generation and the natural gas supply outlook;
  • Energy reliability, sustainability and affordability;
  • The need for new and efficient grid and off-grid power;
  • Growing requirements for industrial and commercial power;
  • Changing regulatory landscapes for the energy sector;
  • New opportunities for shipping sector compliance with Caribbean emission control area mandates.

The event speakers included:

  • Pedro R Pierluisi, US Congressman, Resident Commissioner in Washington, DC;
  • The Hon Eduardo Bhatia, President of the Senate of Puerto Rico;
  • Jaime Plaza Velázquez, Director of Customer Service, Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority;
  • Hugo V Hodge, Executive Director (CEO), Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority;
  • David J Tubman, Jr, Counsel to Commissioner William P Doyle, Federal Maritime Commission;
  • Dr Neil Parsan, Ambassador of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the United States of America and Mexico;
  • Sue Kelly, President & CEO, American Public Power Association (APPA);
  • Edgar R Pichardo, Chairman of the Management Board, EGE Haina;
  • John Hatley, Americas Vice President, Ship Power, Wärtsilä North America;
  • Dr Raúl Carral, Sales and Business Development, Wärtsilä North America, Power Plants;
  • Pedro J Nieves-Miranda, Special Counsel, Fiddler, Gonzalez & Rodríguez, PSC;
  • David Sweet, Executive Director, WADE.
Hon Eduardo Bhatia, President of the Senate of Puerto Rico
Hon Eduardo Bhatia, President of the Senate of Puerto Rico

Presentations from the conference can be downloaded by joining the WADE LinkedIn Group.

For details go to www.localpower.org.

If you would like more information about the conference or would be interested in supporting the conference next year please contact David Sweet at dsweet@localpower.org.

WADE Submits Views in Connecticut on ‘Docket No. 13-01-26; PURA Generic Investigation into Submetering’

On 30 May WADE filed a letter with the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority of Connecticut in support of its submetering rules. Both the state legislature, in enacting Section 36 of Public Act No. 13-298, and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, in developing the Comprehensive Energy Strategy, have acknowledged the important role that submetering should play in incentivising the deployment of on-site clean generation with all solar and wind generators.

The Houston Chronicle publishes Guest Editorial Submitted by the Cogeneration Industries Council Calling for Policy Changes to Advance Deployment of Cogeneration

The editorial was titled ‘Cogeneration Key to Texas Industrial Growth and Energy Security’ and it explained how cogeneration systems operate, the economic and environmental benefits associated with them, and how a new law in Texas that allows cogeneration facilities to sell electricity to multiple customers in microgrid-type arrangements has garnered attention from many energy efficiency advocacy groups for its potential to spur more cogeneration projects.

The editorial went on to say that even more distributed cogeneration projects could occur if the state implemented a renewable portfolio standard (RPS)-like concept aimed at cogeneration and waste heat to power projects. Citing the success that an RPS has had on wind generation in Texas, a new RPS-type policy applied to cogeneration and waste heat to power has the potential to add more than 13,000 MW of new cogeneration power in Texas.

WADE Invites Members and Supporters to Join in Its Effort to Contribute Comments on the New Policy Established by EPA on the Emission and Energy Efficiency Benefits Associated with Cogeneration Systems

On 2 June, the US Environmental Protection Agency released a proposed rule to cut carbon pollution from the nation’s power plants by 2030 as compared to 2005 levels. The proposal contains much to discuss and debate in the months ahead. The deadline for submitting comments on the proposed rule is 16 October, 2014. Once the comments have been compiled the EPA will craft a final rule that takes effect in June 2015. Once the final rule is issued each state will have until June 2016 to submit a unique plan to cut carbon. Each state has been given a different carbon reduction goal based on its current energy mix and the plans they create will be formulated from a menu of carbon cutting options.

In the rule the EPA “requests comment on whether industrial combined heat and power approaches warrant consideration as a potential way to avoid emissions from an affected electric generating unit (EGU) and if electric generating units producing both electric energy output and useful thermal output should report both electric and useful thermal output”.

When the states begin to craft their implementation plans, they can choose to make coal plants more efficient, replace coal-fired power production with natural gas, use more renewable energy sources like solar and wind, or increase energy efficiency. Creating or joining existing carbon trading programs is also on the menu of compliance options. The benefit of having many carbon reduction tools to choose from when creating an implementation plan is being touted by the EPA and is a nod to the actions taken to date by many US states to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants.

The proposal marks the first time that an EPA rule has been issued to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal- and gas-fired power plants. The 600+ page proposal uses section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act and is being carefully reviewed by a wide spectrum of stakeholders. Legal challenges, as well as congressional action, to thwart the rule are anticipated.

WADE Presents at Virtual Conference on Decentralised Energy in Europe

Steve Zilonis, WADE Chair, presented at the online conference and exhibition ‘Focus on Decentralised Energy in Europe’ held on 20 May in association with COSPP and POWER-GEN Europe. Steve focused on US opportunities for decentralised energy, in particular for gas CHP, and drew parallels with Europe’s evolving situation. Recordings can be viewed at: https://cospp.com/index/virtual-online-conference-exhibition.html

Puerto Rico Missing out on Energy Revolution

On 8 May, an interview with David Sweet was featured in the Caribbean Business Journal in advance of the WADE Conference in Puerto Rico. David discussed how the need for on-site power generation along with huge discoveries of natural gas in the US is giving rise to this revolution. He added that decentralised power is particularly attractive in Puerto Rico because the aging and obsolete plants run by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) push up the cost of electricity even further.

WADE Works with IEA to Develop IEA India CHP/DC Scorecard Report

WADE worked closely with the International Energy Agency (IEA) in developing the recently released IEA India CHP/DC Scorecard. This report represents a significant step forward from the previous India Scorecard and is a useful tool for policymakers in India. WADE assisted with the research, analysis and drafting of the report. To download the report, go to www.localpower.org.

WADE at Puerto Rico Manufacturers Association (PRMA) Competitiveness Summit

The PRMA Competitiveness Summit, held on 30 April in Puerto Rico, brought together top executives from companies that have invested on the island. David Sweet, Executive Director, WADE, who was part of the summit’s Energy Reform Panel, discussed decentralised energy technologies’ potential to reduce power costs and emissions, and presented quantitative results from the WADE Model which would support the potential benefits of decentralisation.