From left: David Sweet, WADE; Alemayehu Tegenu, Minister of Water and Energy, Ethiopia; Yahya Al Kasbi, Minister of Public Works and Housing, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Washington, DC, USA: David Sweet, executive director, WADE, participated in the Washington Energy Summit held on 27 and 28 September in Washington, DC. The theme of the summit was ‘Powering Cities of the Future’. David Sweet chaired a session on natural gas and the plenary session featuring the Minister of Water and Energy from Ethiopia, the Minister of Public Works from Jordan, and the Bulgarian Ambassador to the United States. David Sweet also served as an adviser to the organizers of the event.

The high-level summit of global policymakers, experts and energy industry executives gave the attendees a better understanding of the challenges, risks and opportunities in energy that lie ahead for the world’s communities – from small villages to modern megacities.


Sofia, Bulgaria: The 8th Congress and Exhibition on Energy Efficiency to run on 28–30 March 2012 in Sofia, Bulgaria, is all set to gather key industry players from South-East Europe and to tackle the financial, regulatory, policy and technological roadblocks to green energy across the region.

High-level speakers from more than 20 countries are expected to participate in the event supported by organizations including WADE, Euroheat & Power, EUFORES (European Parliamentarians for a Sustainable Energy Future). The SEE Solar Exhibition and ‘Save the Planet’ forum on waste management and recycling will be held in conjunction with the event. With more than 300 exhibitors and 7000 visitors expected – from sectors including municipalities and associations, investors and specialists in renewables, energetics, construction, ecology, finance and transport – the event is set to serve as a great platform for knowledge exchange and for establishing new partnerships.

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Participants in brief presentations and panel discussions, from left: Tongkum Piyateravong, ERC; Dr Suthep Chimklai, EGAT; Ratanarojana Thavisin, MEA; Weerachai Koykul, PEA; Alan Dale Gonzales, WADE Thai
From left: Sridhar Samudrala, WADE, with Alan Dale Gonzales, WADE Thai

Pattaya City, Thailand: The World Alliance for Thai Decentralized Energy (WADE Thai), the Thai Chapter of WADE, and Full Advantage Co Ltd (FA) organized a special track on ‘Smart/Intelligent Grid Development and Deployment in Thailand (Smart Thai): Experiences and Benefits’ on 29 September 2011 as part of the International Conference & Utility Exhibition (ICUE) 2011, which was co-organized by the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA).

The session, held at the Amari Orchid Pattaya Hotel in Pattaya City in Thailand, consisted of presentations by Sridhar Samudrala, WADE’s director for Asia, and panel discussions facilitated by Alan Dale Gonzales, chairman of WADE Thai.

Other distinguished panellists included: Weerachai Koykul, the deputy governor for network operation of the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA); Ratanarojana Thavisin, director of power systems of the Planning Department of the Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA); Dr Suthep Chimklai, director of the System Planning Division of the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT); and Tongkum Piyateravong, director of the Energy and Environmental Engineering Department of the Energy Regulatory Commission of Thailand (ERC).

The Smart Thai project, which received a grant under the Thailand-European Union (EU) Co-operation Facility (TEC), has been developed to improve the sustainable economic and social development of Thailand through the efficient delivery of sustainable, economic and secure electricity using smart/intelligent grid systems based on EU models and technologies.

ICUE 2011 was held as a platform to strengthen relations between the energy and power sector, utilities, research institutions, universities, government institutions and non-government bodies. Also, it is a stage to exchange research ideas, experiences, technical issues and emerging technologies.


Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA: CIBO’s 33rd annual meeting held on 12–14 October was attended by David Sweet of WADE, who spoke at the event on the topic of ‘Natural Gas – Industry’s Fuel of the Future’.

CIBO (Council of Industral Boiler Owners) is a broad-based trade association of industrial boiler owners, architect-engineers, universities and related equipment manufacturers representing 20 major industrial sectors.CIBO promotes energy and environmental equipment, technology, operations and policies as well as laws and regulations affecting industrial energy facilities.

Since 1978 CIBO has been successful in the development of technically sound and cost-effective energy and environmental regulations for boilers and other industrial energy facilities.

WADE CANADA backs policies to cut centralized coal emissions

Calgary, AB, Canada: The Canadian chapter of the World Alliance for Decentralized Energy (WADE Canada) is pleased that the government of Canada continues to move forward on a phased approach to GHG (greenhouse gas) reductions by tackling traditional coal generated electricity.

‘The government of Canada is moving forward with regulations for the coal-fired electricity sector,’ said Environment Minister Peter Kent on 19 August 2011. The proposed regulations are part of a sector-by-sector approach introduced last summer and aimed at helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

‘It is essential that decentralized energy [DE]is part of the energy solution for Canada,’ said Jan Buijk, president and CEO of EPS Ltd and chair of WADE Canada. ‘DE offers a much more efficient and nimble power alternative that has the added benefit of reduced greenhouse gas emissions. When coupled with energy efficiency and conservation strategies such as improved building envelope, waste heat recovery, energy management systems, energy storage and smart grid technology, the energy production costs are very competitive with traditional power generation.’

Opponents claim these regulations would add costs and that new technologies are too expensive or unproven. Eliminating the worst coal power emissions from existing capacity will require cleaner options to be quickly developed, but decentralized options are already affordable and available. ‘In fact, using DE generation to meet further demand will save us nearly 10% on our electricity bills,’ says Buijk.


From left: Jamie Ferguson, senior investment officer, renewable energy, IFC; Vivek Mittal, MD, Millennium Resource Strategies; Syed Hassan, programme director, WADE; H H Hutchinson, MD, Euromoney Energy Events; Marsha Irving, conference producer; and a delegate

London, UK: Syed Z Hassan, programme director, WADE, participated in the 13th Annual Renewable Energy Finance Forum (REFF) held at Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, London, on 20–21 September 2011.

The conference attracted nearly 150 delegates from the US, the UK, Germany France, China, India, Australia, Canada and other countries and examined the future of renewable and decentralized energy, sources of finance, perception of institutional investors, ways to access project finance, the role and impact of government policies, risk assessment, the impact of recession on investment, future scenarios and the way forward. Syed Hassan helped focus discussions on the role of decentralized energy.

The next REFF is in Berlin in February 2012. WADE is expected to co-sponsor this event, which will focus on renewable and decentralized energy, innovation in finance and risk mitigation.


Singapore: The 3rd Annual Smart Grids Asia Summit with a central theme of ‘Investing in Transmission & Distribution Infrastructure & Renewable Energy for Continuous, Efficient, Reliable & Clean Electricity’ was held on 27–30 September in Singapore.

Sridhar Samudrala, director Asia, WADE, chaired the session ‘Cogen/Trigen Applications & Development to Reduce Carbon Emissions’ held as part of the ‘Renewable Energy Resources, Microgrids & Energy Efficiency’ stream.

With two dedicated streams showcasing about 30 sessions closely examining the smart grid value chain, including more than 17 case study highlights, this year’s event brought together policymakers, regulators, utilities and ICT providers to discuss modernizing Asia’s transmission and distribution infrastructure with the end goal of delivering continuous, efficient, reliable and clean electricity supply.

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