The decentralized energy revolution is underway and to be the focus of the WADE Annual Conference and Joint Meeting with the Northeast Clean Heat and Power Initiative

19-21 November | Boston, Massachusetts, US

Washington, D.C. – There is a revolution underway in the way that the world will produce and deliver electricity supplies. Decentralized generation offers numerous economic and environmental benefits and can produce clean and reliable power at a cost that is rapidly falling. The traditional utility business model is being questioned by investors, consumers and regulators. The US energy and natural gas supply outlook has never been brighter, with long term abundant supplies and moderate prices. Over 60 GW of older coal-fired generation will be retired in the coming years. President Obama has announced a goal of delivering 40 GW of CHP by 2020.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, decentralized power is the key to greater reliability and resiliency for the region and the world. There is no greater opportunity in the world for decentralized energy than in the Northeast of the U.S.

The Response:

  • Connecticut has launched the nation’s first incentive programme for promoting microgrids.
  • Massachusetts has instituted regulatory proceedings evaluating grid modernization and distributed generation resources.
  • New Jersey is creating a provision for cogeneration in the RPS programme.
  • New York State has expanded incentives for CHP projects and is developing a green bank for promoting resilient energy infrastructure.
  • The NYS 2100 Commission report, a who’s who of industry experts appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, called for expanding deployment of distributed energy resources in New York State.

Join us for a discussion on these cutting edge issues and to explore the commercial opportunities that abound for decentralized energy.

Christoph Burger, author of The Decentralized Energy Revolution, will be among the featured speakers at the WADE Annual Conference and Joint Meeting with the Northeast Clean Heat and Power Initiative, which will be held in Boston, Massachusetts from 19-21 November. For more information visit www.conference.localpower.org

WADE Canada provides Project Enablement support to the Decentralized Energy Industry

16 May | Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Through its Innovation to Commercialization Program (I2CP), WADE Canada provides project enablement support to the decentralized energy industry. The objective of the Project Enablement Sessions is to create a dynamic setting for project development and one-on-one project implementation meetings.

On 16 May, WADE Canada presented technology solutions to end-users’ needs to increase business collaborations between Alberta and the Northwest Territories.

Key Presentation Points:

Northwest Territories Energy: Challenges and Opportunities

Government of Northwest Territories, presented by Jim Sparling, manager, Climate Change Programs, Environment Division

  • Key considerations in the Northwest Territories (NWT) were considered such as demographics, transportation, climate, economic activities and employment, devolution and energy.
  • There is a geographical variablity in the energy mix, with hydro and biomass resources concentrated in southern regions.
  • The majority of the energy supply comes from imported fossil fuels. Diesel is particularly important for remote communities and industrial applications such as diamond mines.
  • Although the greenhouse gas emissions from the NWT are insignificant in global and national terms, the implementation of renewables is playing an important role in the region.
  • The government of the NWT has several energy plans and policies, including the Power System Plan, Greenhouse Gas Strategy, Biomass Energy Strategy and Solar Energy Strategy. To learn more visit www.gov.nt.ca/

Towards a Smarter Electricity Grid: ‘Smart Thai’ Presents Key Accomplishments in Its Closing Forum

21 June, Bangkok, Thailand

The world is changing and has to utilize its resources in a more efficient and environment-friendly manner while providing the economy with quality power. This transition towards a more efficient low-carbon economy necessitates a change in the way power is produced, transmitted, distributed and consumed. New concepts, such as smart grids, are now being developed to meet this growing demand and fulfil the stringent regulatory mechanisms for utilising new smart technologies. Making the grid in Thailand smarter has the potential to prevent unexpected power cuts such as recently experienced in some provinces.

From left: Dr. Weerakorn Ongsakul, dean, SERD-AIT; Mr. David Sweet, executive director, WADE; Mr. Sridhar Samudrala, director – Asia, WADE; Mr. Suwat Chiochanchai, assistant governor, PEA; Ms. Delphine Brissonneau, Delegation of the European Union to Thailand; Mr. Juergen Bender, global head of Utility Solutions, Orga Systems; Mr. Alan Dale Gonzales, chairman, WADE Thai; Dr. Ludovic Lacrosse, director, WADE Thai


“To strengthen today’s grid in Thailand, the buy-in of key stakeholders is critical,” says Alan Dale Gonzales, the chairman of the World Alliance for Thai Decentralised Energy (WADE Thai). “These include government, local utilities, regulators, equipment manufacturers, appliance manufacturers and most importantly, consumers. Once the idea to upgrade the grid is accepted, the country, involving regulators, utilities, vendors, legislators, research institutions, universities, and other stakeholders need to create a common vision and scope for Smart Grid,” he added.

WADE Thai is driving the project on Smart/Intelligent Grid Development and Deployment in Thailand (Smart Thai), together with the WADE and Full Advantage Co., Ltd. The project is funded within the framework of the Thailand-EC Cooperation Facility-Phase II (TEC II) of the European Union (EU) for 72% of its total budget of €255,000 (US$294,000). The project aims at enhancing the capacity of Thai private and public sector organisations in introducing and promoting smart/intelligent grid systems thereby contributing to the national effort in addressing climate change mitigation and energy security.

The key accomplishments of the Smart Thai project include the conduct of EU dialogues between the Thai participants and their counterparts in Germany, Belgium and France in Europe; a series of training workshops and corporate exchanges were organized for the overall enhancement of capacity of Thai private and public sector organizations; development of a simulation model; preparation of feasibility study and GHG mitigation; and publication and dissemination of the Handbook on the Development and Deployment of Smart/Intelligent Grid Systems and EU Case Studies of Best Practices.

To signify the government’s commitment towards such modernization of the electricity industry, the Ministry of Energy appointed the sub-committee on the Study of National Smart Grid Development Master Plan on 8 December, 2011. In his speech at the closing forum of the Smart Thai Project, the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) assistant governor of Planning and Development, Mr. Suwat Chiochanchai, informed that the PEA has announced its Smart Grid Vision since two years ago with the objectives of developing Smart Energy, Smart Life and Smart Community in order to improve the people’s quality of life, while maintaining environment benign operations.

Note: Interested parties may contact Ms. Ornthipa Mongkolsawat at info@wadethai.org; and cc: info.wadethai@gmail.com, or visit WADE Thai web site at https://wadethai.org/.


WADE Presents at LNG for Marine Transportation Conference

Conference brings into focus various advancements & challenges for growth of LNG in marine sector

Houston, USA: One of the key sectors that could drive LNG growth in the future is transportation, which is currently the single largest contributor to oil demand across the world, consuming approximately one-fifth of global primary energy.

Transportation is seen as one the key drivers for LNG growth in future. Industry research suggests that LNG demand is forecast to rise by 4.6% annually over the next 15 years, faster than the overall gas market (2.5%), more than twice as fast as total global gas production (2.1%) and faster than inter-regional pipeline trade (3.0%). In 2010, LNG’s share of the global gas supply was 9%; by 2030 it is expected to account for 15%. With the International Marine Organization (IMO) introducing restrictions on emissions that will come into force in 2015 in the Emission Control Areas and 2020 for the rest of the world, LNG could be the leading candidate with a substantial share of the world bunker market given its environmental merits.

David Sweet, executive director, represented WADE at the first annual LNG for Marine Transportation USA conference held in Houston from 11–12 June. The event focused on how to build an LNG fuel supply chain for the Marine Market. Along with John Hatley, VP of Ship Power, Wartsila, Sweet presented on Dual fuel engines – A more flexible option?.

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