The four day World Future Energy Summit 2010 opened in Masdar city in Abu Dhabi in January 2010 under the patronage of H.H.General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.

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David Sweet, executive director WADE (left), and Barbara McKee, director, Office of Fossil Energy, DOE, USA, with representatives from Masdar

The focus of the summit was green energy through alternative energy solutions powered by renewables. Unlike Copenhagen, where setbacks were experienced, WFES 2010 discussed various renewable energy alternatives as a part of the general energy platform, rather than aiming at cuts in carbon emissions.

The summit saw representation from more than 130 countries around the world. A 25% increase in participation in the summit over 2009 was recorded with around 23,000 attending.

The attendees included policymakers, industry, investors, experts, researchers and activists supporting the cause of renewable energy. David Sweet, executive director of WADE, also participated in the summit.

The summit was addressed by numerous keynotes (around 51) and an even longer list of speakers (67). They included HE Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland; Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO, Masdar, UAE; H.E. Mohamed Nasheed, President, Maldives; HRH The Crown Prince Frederik André Henrik Christian, Denmark; H.S.H. Prince Albert Louis Pierre, Sovereign Prince of Monaco; Hélène Pelosse, interim director-general, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA); Bertrand Piccard, president and pilot, Solar Impulse and Anders Eldrup, CEO, DONG Energy, Denmark, to name a few.

One of the key outcomes of the summit was discussion on clean energy initiatives which could effectively replace fossil fuels, or at the very least, form a greater percentage of the larger energy platform.

Another outcome of the event was the active realization that renewable energy has ‘already arrived’, as opposed to the view that it is an initiative for the future. It was also noted and agreed within the summit that renewable energy is not a threat to oil producing countries (or otherwise), but an insurance policy for the future when fossil fuels are exhausted.

The summit saw various discussions on solar technology, carbon capture and storage, maximizing energy efficiency, importance of R&D and sustainable development.

The session closed positively with high expectations that in the forthcoming World Future Energy Summit 2011 considerable progress would be experienced through optimal utilization of renewable energy.





World Energy Council [WEC] kick-starts the carbon capture and storage forum


The Carbon Capture and Storage Forum was hosted in January 2010 by the World Energy Council’s (WEC) Cleaner Fossil Fuel Systems (CFFS).

The event was held in collaboration with the Society of Petroleum Engineers Abu Dhabi segment and focused on deploying clean fossil fuel systems in the Middle East and North Africa.

Key messages on cleaner fuel systems were delivered an the event by luminaries in the field of fossil fuels and carbon capture and storage.

Zara Khatib of Shell Upstream International, a UAE CFFS representative, opened the forum. This was followed with opening remarks from Barbara McKee, the chairman of WEC’s CFFS.

The keynote address on: ‘Need for Collaborative Efforts to Deploy CCS & Cleaner Fossil Fuels Systems Globally’ was delivered by Nick Otter. Nick is the CEO of Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute.

The themes in the three panel discussions centered around –

  • status of carbon capture & storage [CCS] world-wide projects,
  • financing and deploying CCS and cleaner fossil fuels, and
  • management of CO2 in the MENA Region.


Each panel session included ample opportunities for asking questions and receiving answers.





WADE Canada’s Inaugural RETScreen® Training SOLD OUT


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WADE Canada had a full house for its first RETScreen® Version 4 Training Workshop in Alberta, in February 2010.

The two day workshop held at the Alberta Innovates Technology Futures building in Calgary marked the launch of WADE Canada’s new Annual RETScreen® Training Programme.

The training programme is supporting the development of clean energy skills in Canada’s energy businesses, government bodies, and education colleges and institutes. The benefits from this programme include improved access to knowledge and information for the implementation of efficient renewable energy systems.

Twenty six industry professionals from BC, AB, SK, QC and ON participated in this training session.

Experienced trainers reviewed the best practices for evaluating clean energy projects and for analyzing system costs, which arise at the pre-feasibility, feasibility, development, and engineering stages in the deployment of tenewable-energy and energy-efficient technologies (RETs).

Companies, and individuals who attended can now evaluate energy production, life-cycle costs and emissions reduction for a clean energy solution to their energy costs.

RETScreen® version 4 is available in 35 languages and can be downloaded free of charge by Natural Resources Canada. For more information, please visit:

If you would like us to hold a training session in your region, please contact:

Geraldine Byrne

Vice president, WADE Canada






WADE Canada is Pleased to Welcome Three New Members!



SWAY Energy Inc.


SWAY Energy Inc provides tailored energy solutions for their clients using SWAY’s proprietary economic and technical model. SWAY designs, builds, installs, owns and operates scalable cogeneration units to provide on-site heating/cooling and electricity for their clients. Through decentralizing production and distribution of electricity, SWAY helps their clients reduce utilities costs, facility and maintenance costs as well as their carbon dioxide and other GHG emissions. For more information, please visit


Renewable Energy SolutionsTM


Renewable Energy SolutionsTM provides consulting services with international expertise in policies, practices and installations involving energy conservation and renewable energy generation. Renewable Energy Solutions’ President and Founder Ken Hogg, holds a Green House Gas Validation/Verification Certificate, which was awarded in 2005 by the Federal Government of Canada. With six areas of specialization, ranging from renewable energy generation to energy management seminars, Renewable Energy Solutions also has experience in the development of landfill gas-to-energy projects with outputs of up to 33 MW. For more information, please visit:




MiVenture is the parent company of three main products used to build electric vehicles, devices and buildings using core proprietary technologies. Their core technologies cover five areas for development including municipal and utility applications to off grid power solutions and are built on modular energy cell technologies, scalable transport systems, energy balance solutions and environmental life cycle management.

For more information, please visit


Submit your DE photos to WADE Canada!


WADE Canada would like to use high-resolution photographs of your DE technology and installations. Every time your photo is used in our publicity material (brochures, reports, website etc), we will credit your company on the photograph.

Please submit your photographs including details of the technology, basic system information. site location along with any other relevant information to Patricia Faucher:





WADE Canada’s Policy Position Paper on Energy Generation and Delivery in Alberta


WADE Canada hosted the Alberta Roundtable on energy generation and transmission planning in Calgary in December 2010.

The event was held following the passing of Alberta Bill 50 and the Copenhagen Summit.

The purpose of the session was to consider Alberta’s existing provincial energy strategy, micro-generation policy and long-term transmission system plan and to build consensus for policy reform that supports the growth of decentralized energy in Alberta. Key questions addressed were:

  • what changes in consumption trends should we be planning for?
  • what does Alberta’s energy supply mix look like and what are the decentralized energy opportunities for the next 15-20 years?
  • how does smart grid architecture and its technical components affect our future transmission and distribution plans?
  • what strengths do we have in our current policies and strategies and what is missing?


The roundtable session has resulted in a draft policy position paper. The final position paper will be presented to the government of Alberta to make a positive and supportive contribution to the development of Alberta’s decentralized energy industry including industrial and institutional cogeneration systems and integration of renewables into the electricity grid.





NGR Guest Speakers – Rep. Dan Boren and Rep. Tim Murphy


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WADE chairman, Christoph Vitzthum (right), Congressman Dan Boren, co-chair of Natural Gas Caucus (front center) and Richard Newell, head of the EIA (back left)

The Natural Gas Roundtable November luncheon featured the newly formed Natural Gas Caucus in the US House of Representatives. Caucus co-chairmen, Representative Dan Boren, a Democrat from the 2nd district of Oklahoma, and Representative Tim Murphy, a Republican from Pennsylvania’s 18th district, shared their insight on energy and climate legislation and the role that natural gas can play in the nation’s future.

Congressman Boren sits on the House Natural Resources Committee, where he helps protect the interests of America’s oil and natural gas industry and its millions of consumers. Congressman Murphy serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and is an influential voice for domestic energy production.





WADE Canada Applauds CTSI Utility Technology Challenge


The utility technology challenge was launched in December 2009 by the Clean Technology & Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI), a global non-profit trade organization, to enable clean technology companies to find the right partners for testing their technologies.

The goal of the challenge is to facilitate testing and pilot project partnerships which will enable more rapid growth of clean technology companies, and increase the speed of clean technology adoption by utilities and municipalities – driving more jobs, and securing safer, cleaner, and more reliable energy and water supplies.

The programme is open to all companies across the world and encourages environment technology development companies to join.

Some of the solution categories in the programme include: waste management and recycling, smart grid, water, building efficiency/management and distributed generation.

The challenge will result in a showcase being held in June 2010 in Anaheim, California as part of the Clean Technology 2010 conference and expo.

For more information on the programme, please visit: or contact:

Patricia Glaza
Executive director, CTSI





WADE in China in 2010


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This March and April WADE will be holding a series of five provincial workshops (Liaoning, Shandong, Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Sichuan) on decentralized energy and CHP in connection with our ongoing work with the US Department of State and the Asia Pacific Partnership (APP). These workshops have the support of the Chinese government through the NDRC and the Chinese Energy Conservation Investment Corp (CECIC), a Chinese state-owned giant in clean energy and energy efficiency. Attendees and speakers will include key government officials and stakeholders who will work to discuss and advance CHP/DE in China. Attendance at these workshops is strictly on an invitation only basis. In addition, there are limited opportunities for sponsorship of the series of workshops.

Sponsors will receive two places at the workshops and VIP dinners, the ability to distribute materials directly to delegates as part of the conference package, signage, and other exclusive benefits.

To view the program agenda go to: #

If you have an interest in attending or sponsoring these workshops please contact:

Ju Ning, WADE China general manager, at or by phone at: +86-139 173 08740(China) or +1-703-598-8032(US).

David Sweet, executive director, WADE, at or by phone at: +1-202 667 5600

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