WADE and COGENA establish WADE MED
Event to bring together Mediterranean cogen enterprises and organizations

Rome, Italy • The World Alliance for Decentralized Energy (WADE) and COGENA, the Italian Cogeneration Association, are pleased to announce the establishment of WADE Mediterranean (WADE MED) – a regional chapter of WADE, to promote the use of decentralized energy (DE) and cogeneration in the Mediterranean countries.

WADE invites its members to come to the kick-off meeting on 20 March in Rome, Italy. While there is no charge to attend, seating is limited. Therefore, please RSVP as soon as possible to: Massimiliano Santini, WADE MED co-director, at msantini@localpower.org.

Assessment of potential of decentralized energy – applying the WADE model for Turkey

Ankara, Turkey • 3 February 2009. To mark the conclusion of a research project on decentralized energy for Turkey, organized by REC Turkey in partnership with WADE and the UK Embassy in Turkey, a forum was organized in Ankara to present and discuss the impressive results.

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Speakers included Dr Sibel Sezer Eralp, director of REC Turkey; Mr Özkan Agis, chairman of COGEN Turkey; Mr Dan Wilson, 2nd Secretary of the UK Embassy; and Mr Budak Dilli, general director of EIGM.

David Sweet from WADE discussed the WADE Economic Model, which was used for this project. Dr Birol Kilkis from WADE Turkey discussed the utilization of waste heat as a source of energy.

For more information about this forum please contact Dr Kilkis at bkilkis@localpower.org.

WADE launches project in Thailand

WADE launched a new project in Thailand within the framework of the Thailand-EC Co-operation Facility (TECF) of the European Commission. The project, entitled ‘Enhancing institutional capacities for the market development of decentralized energy systems in Thailand,’ is being implemented with the Energy Conservation Centre of Thailand (ECCT).

The Project aims to help facilitate trade and investment flows between EU and Thailand in the field of energy and environment through co-operation among trade associations. It also aims to enhance capacities among key target groups, including Thai government agencies and authorities, in order for them to formulate and implement policies and regulations that will encourage investments in decentralized solutions/systems.

A launching seminar to introduce the project to the Thai target audience will be held on 24 March at the Siam City Hotel in Bangkok. For details about the event and other information on WADE’s activities in Thailand, interested parties should contact WADE Thailand country manager, Alan Dale Gonzales, at: agonzales@localpower.org.

WADE holds kick-off meeting for APP China project

Washington, DC, USA • On 17 February, WADE held an initial working group meeting to kick-off its China project, under the Asia Pacific Partnership (APP) which was awarded by the US State Department.

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The meeting included an overview of the APP from Terry Cordaro from the State Department. A detailed presentation of the project tasks and the objectives of the working group were provided by team members Rich Sweetser, Dr Bruce Hedman and Ju Ning.

WADE is seeking additional data and resources on the natural gas and distributed power situation at the provincial level, as well as experts for a series of workshops that will be held in China. If you are interested in working with WADE on this project, please contact Ju Ning at jning@localpower.org.

WADE supports World Future Energy Summit 2009
Conference focused on meeting the challenge of rising world energy demand

Abu Dhabi, UAE • 19–20 January 2009. WADE was a part of the World Future Eenergy Summit conference held in Abu Dhabi. This was the world’s largest conference and exhibition on renewable and future energy solutions, innovations, investments, policy and vision. The conference covered a wide range of themes including energy policy, investment and funding, green buildings, clean transport, solar, wind and biofuels.

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For further information contact Ihab Elmassry at ielmassry@localpower.org.

Commissioner Simon addresses Natural Gas Roundtable

Washington, DC, USA • David Sweet of WADE and president of the Natural Gas Roundtable, hosted a luncheon on 17 February 2009, and welcomed the Honorable Timothy A Simon, commissioner of California Public Utilities Commission, as the guest speaker.

Commissioner Simon firmly supports investment in California’s utility infrastructure as being critical to California’s economic future. He is active in the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) as co-vice-chair of the Natural Gas Committee, and member of the Critical Infrastructure Committee; the Consumer Affairs Committee; the Liquefied Natural Gas Subcommittee; the Gas Speculation Task Force; and the Wireless Task Force. Among other issues, Commissioner Simon discussed the economic and environmental challenges facing the State of California.

2009 Green Inaugural Ball WADE joins host committee

Top: David Sweet (left) and his wife Helayne – with executives from Capstone Corporation
Center: Former Vice President Al Gore and Helayne Sweet
Bottom: David Sweet and Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House
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Washington DC, USA • WADE was a part of the host committee of the 2009 Green Inaugural Ball on 19 January. This historic event was held at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. The ball was in honour of US President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, and Vice President Joseph Biden and Jill Biden. Former Vice President Al Gore was the Honorary Chair. The main focus of the event was to showcase the breadth and depth of the network of organizations, corporations and individuals, creating the new energy economy.

WADE undertakes study of decentralized energy in Nigeria
WADE model to be used

WADE, in co-operation with Christian Aid and the International Centre for Environment and Energy Development (ICEED), is conducting a research project on the application of decentralized energy in Nigeria using the WADE Economic model.

The research findings will provide credible and authoritative evidence showing the financial, developmental, and environmental benefits of a decentralized energy system in Nigeria.

This will inform a longer-term advocacy strategy, led by the Nigerian Climate Action Network and supported by Christian Aid, to promote the generation and use of decentralized clean energy. The strategy will target the Ministry of Energy, the House Committee on Climate Change, the Climate Change Commission, the Presidency and the private sector.

For more information on this project contact Fumi Harahap at fharahap@localpower.org.

WADE helps host Dubai Roundtable on energy and water
WEC Cleaner Fossil Fuels Systems Committee meeting held

Dubai, UAE • The WEC Cleaner Fossil Fuels Systems Committee (CFFS) organized a roundtable entitled ‘Water/Energy – Sustainable Together’ on 5 February, at the invitation of the UAE Member Committee and its secretary, Dr Zara Khatib.

The event saw a close and informed interaction between the audience and the fourteen panellists, who included the managing director and CEO of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, H E Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer.

David Sweet, of WADE, chaired a session on ‘Technologies to Reduce the Energy/Water Footprint: Challenges, Barriers, and Opportunities’, which featured presentations from WADE members Nauman Ahmad, regional director of Power Plants, Middle East; Wärtsilä Gulf FZE and Ali Ben Haj Hamida, commercial development leader of GE Infrastructure.

Another panel headed by Dr Hisham Khatib, honorary vice chairman, WEC and chairman of the Electricity Regulatory Commission of Jordan, discussed ‘Balancing Energy and Other Uses of Water: Policies, Strategies and Regulatory Frameworks’.

The roundtable provided insights into many related issues, such as energy and water supply security, complexity of resource availability and environmental concerns, to name just a few.

Roundtable participants concluded that ad hoc policies are unsustainable and need to be replaced by sustainable, integrated policies encompassing entire energy and water systems, including resource development, supply and end-use.

WADE is also spearheading a brochure on combined heat and power that will be published in conjunction with the World Energy Council.