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WADE Participates in International Energy Agency CHP/DHC Collaborative & Clean Energy Joint Workshop

Paris, France: The IEA Collaborative and the Clean Energy Ministerial CHP/DHC Working Group convened on 12-13 February to discuss the next programme of work (Phase III 2013-2014). The meeting was structured to allow a roundtable discussion, with active participation from all participating Partners and Collaborators, on obstacles for the greater deployment of CHP/DHC technologies and solutions to overcome these barriers. The outcome of the meeting was an agreed work plan for the next two years, along with assignment of roles and responsibilities for implementation.

The IEA International CHP/DHC Collaborative was initiated in 2007 with the goal of advancing international data quality, analysis, and awareness about the importance of CHP and DHC as a sustainable energy strategy. The Collaborative has produced three global studies: CHP: evaluating the benefits of greater global investment (2008); Cogeneration and district energy: sustainable energy technologies for today and tomorrow (2009); and Co-generation and Renewables: solutions for a low-carbon energy future (2011). These studies provided a vision of CHP and district energy potential, along with an overview of policy best practices and recommending options to consider when implementing these policies. They also highlighted the benefits of an integrated energy system approach with co-generation technology assisting in balancing electricity production from variable renewables. The next phase of the CHP/DHC Collaborative will build from and advance the findings of these studies. In particular, a key global need is to improve data quality on high-efficiency CHP and on usable industrial waste heat resource; improved data in these areas will address an important gap.

Planned activities include:

  • Analysis of available CHP data aiming to improve quality and geographic coverage of global related data.
  • Development of new analysis on options for an expanding long-term role for CHP in future low / zero carbon energy visions – to 2020 and beyond; this analysis will make a candid assessment (looking at both strong points and shortcomings) of these options such as development of large-scale CHP systems, renewables integration and integrated approaches for local heat planning.
  • Continued operation of a forum for credible information and analysis that can be a resource for Collaborative Partners and national / international policymakers.

Deliverables for the Phase III:

  • CHP / District Energy Country specific reports ” Country Scorecards
  • Analysis report: The role of CHP and district energy in a new energy future

WADE plans to be an active participant in the Collaborative and will lend technical support to the effort.

WADE At IEA Energy Storage Technology Roadmap Stakeholder Engagement Workshop

Paris, France: David Sweet, Executive Director, WADE participated in IEA’s workshop on developing an Energy Storage Technology Roadmap held February 13-14 following a one and one-half day workshop on CHP and DHC related policy and technologies.

The workshop included a session on cross-cutting energy storage including CHP and assisted in refining the roadmap scope and provided inputs for analyses and modelling. Leading experts on energy storage presented on current status and future expectations. Over 60 participants from academia, associations, government and industry engaged in discussions on the new roadmap. The workshop provided an opportunity for all participants to interact with other stakeholders and input into the roadmap itself, leading to broad stakeholder consensus in the messages developed

Canadian Financing Forum Reveals Important Trends in CleanTech Sector

February 21 – 22, 2013

By Kevin Frankowski, VP, WADE Canada

Ever year, CapitalRoad, supported by important industry sponsors, puts on the Canadian Financing Forum. In their words, the CFF “provides the setting for entrepreneurs to build relationships with leading venture capitalists and corporate investors. These links pave the way for company financings that enhance economic growth through new business creation and development.” The CFF focuses on the IT (Information Technology) and CleanTech sectors and has some of Canada’s most promising companies competing for the attention of top tier investors from across Canada and the United States.

In addition to the company presentations and networking, a variety of panel discussions take place, where investors exchange perspectives on emerging trends and critical learnings. On behalf of its members, WADE Canada attends events like these to make sure that you have access to this important information.

This year, several key messages were clear:

  1. CleanTech is NOT dead;
  2. Competition is getting better – you need to “up your game”; and
  3. Deals are getting bigger.

Many of you may have heard conflicting reports that “CleanTech is dead”…but wait…”it is surging, and set for significant growth”. …Okay — which it? Even amongst the various panels of experts there seemed, at first glance, to be some serious mixed messages. Several of the large corporate investment funds were indicating a strong interest in CleanTech opportunities, but the venture capitalists seemed less keen. I took the opportunity to talk one-on-one with one of the panelists, an experienced venture capitalist from Silicon Valley. The root of the mixed messages quickly became clear. Turns out that the “CleanTech is dead” message is meant for fellow venture capitalists,who are seeking early-stage investment areas that are ripe for very fast, early-sage growth. He seemed very discouraged that most of the CleanTech has now matured beyond this point, and grumbled a bit about how it has now become a sector for the larger, later-stage investment funds that focus on more mature technologies that have steadier growth…

3rd Annual Global LNG Forum 2013

Lisbon, Portugal: The 3rd Annual Global LNG Forum was held February 18 ” 20 where David Sweet, Executive Director, WADE chaired the session ‘Global LNG Market Outlook – Turning from an importer to an exporter: case study on prospective role of the USA in changing global LNG picture’. Speaking at the session Mr. Sweet addressed various policy and regulatory issues in the industry with focus on:

  • The changing legal and regulatory treatment of LNG facilities at DOE and FERC that will determine what export facilities are approved
  • The impact of the election on US energy policy and LNG projects
  • The outlook for shale gas production as a supply source for LNG exports and the challenges that remain’

The 3rd Annual Global LNG Forum confirmed its position as flagship event in the industry with delegates from around the world participating and networking with leading industry experts.

Key topics that were addressed at the Forum included:

  • LNG upstream projects globally (from Europe to Australia)
  • LNG infrastructure and floating LNG
  • developments in LNG pricing and trading

WADE at National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ annual Winter Meeting.

WASHINGTON, DC, USA: WADE attended the recently held National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ (NARUC) annual Winter Meeting which featured a number of sessions on power, gas, CHP among other topics. In addition, various resolutions were approved, including:

Resolution Supporting the Inclusion of Waste Heat to Power Technologies in State and Federal Clean Energy Policies and Programs

The Resolution points out that combined heat and power opportunities are often overlooked in many clean energy policies, including federal investment tax credit, many State renewable portfolio standards and various utility rebate programs. It goes on to commit NARUC to ensure waste heat to power technology is included in relevant discussions and policies.

The resolutions are now considered NARUC policy and will guide the organization’s advocacy before Congress, the Administration, and the federal courts. The entire text of the resolutions is available online at: https://winter.narucmeetings.org/2013WinterResolutions-FInal.pdf.

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