The financial and environmental imperatives to maximize efficiency in energy production ring louder each year. This brings great opportunities, but also challenges, for distributed energy production. Our features in this 2006 Review issue answer some of the questions about those opportunities, challenges, drivers and trends within the main markets and across the technology sectors. What is happening in the European carbon market? What would a roll-back of power market liberalization in the US mean for DE? How can grids accommodate more DE? What are the prospects for micro-CHP? We also present some of the numbers – such as that decentralized energy accounted for a quarter of all electricity generated from new plant added in 2005, as Jeff Bell reports on page 101.

You may be a regular subscriber, reading this yearly Review issue of COSPP shortly after publication in summer 2006, or you may have picked up your issue at one of the many conferences and shows COSPP attends year-round. Either way, we hope that our wide range of features will provide some useful insights and updates. You will also see that, as usual, this Review issue also includes an extensive international listing of companies offering equipment and services for CHP/DE. This listing is available in searchable – and more extensive – form on our website (see www.cospp.com and click on ‘Suppliers’).

We would like to thank our many writers and contributors, and COSPP’s valued advertisers, without whom the magazine would not appear. If you make contact with them, do please let them know that you saw their advertisement in COSPP, on our website.

Please join us, the publishers, in thanking our outgoing Editor, Michael Brown of WADE, for his tremendous contribution to COSPP since its earliest days. Many of you will know Michael personally, will have heard him speak, or have read his insightful editorials for COSPP. Michael is moving on from WADE to pursue other business interests, but we the publishers are pleased to continue to work with WADE via Jeff Bell, who has been very active on COSPP for some time, and with Michael’s successor.

Jackie Jones
Editorial Director, COSPP

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