Wade in Action

The World Alliance for Decentralized Energy (Wade) was established in 1997 as a non-profit research and promotion organization whose mission is to accelerate the worldwide development of high efficiency cogeneration (CHP) and decentralized renewable energy systems that deliver substantial economic and environmental benefits

WADE Canada holds inaugural annual general meeting and Clean Energy Strategy session Event connects key stakeholders in Canada’s DE industry

Montreal, Canada à‚· WADE Canada hosted its inaugural annual general meeting and Clean Energy Strategy session in Montreal.

Twenty-five industry leaders from Alberta, Ontario and Quebec actively participated in the sessions. The event was a huge success in terms of reconnecting with key stakeholders in Canada’s DE industry.


From left: David Sweet, Executive Director of WADE; Kelsey Chegus, Programme Co-ordinator of WADE Canada; James C Sidlofsky, Chair of WADE Canada
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The 2009 President’s report has been uploaded onto the website www.wadecanada.ca.

Three new Directors were added to the board, Alderman Bob Hawkesworth of Calgary; Owen Schneider of Enbridge Inc; and Benjamin Kennedy of GE Infrastructure’s Energy team.


John Muir (right), Director of Canadian Energy Policy for GE Energy Infrastructure and Anouk Kendall, President of WADE Canada, enjoy the sunshine at WADE Canada’s 2009 Clean Energy Strategy Session held in Montreal in May
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The session provided valuable insights into the role that DE will play in Canada’s energy future. We revisited the vision of the future and the challenges and enablers that exist to support sustainable industry growth. The WADE Canada team is now working with our facilitator, Bill Overend of Overview Business, to pull together the priority actions to build the business plan that will guide WADE Canada for the next three to five years.

Please contact Anouk Kendall at akendall@wadecanada.ca for further information and details.


WADE partners with REACT and COMPS to conduct workshop at Wits University Progress in implementing the REFIT in South Africa

South Africa à‚· The Democracy Foundation REACT (Renewable Energy Activists) and COMPS (The WITS Centre of Material and Process Synthesis), in partnership with WADE, held a workshop at Wits University, Johannesburg, South Africa, on 17th June.

Opening the workshop, Dr Ruth Rabinowitz, who sponsored a renewable energy feed-in tariff bill (REFIT) in parliament last year, said: ‘Unlike most workshops where the purpose is to listen to formal papers, ask questions and draft resolutions which one hopes will be implemented, our objective is to have all players listen, hear and respond to one another on this semi-formal platform, so that we leave, not with one mind, but having agreed on a path.’

Developers and power producers have become increasingly concerned about the prospects of the feed-in tariff following draft regulations suggesting that a tendering process would govern its role out. At the workshop, Sibusiso Zungu of NERSA (the National Energy Regulator of South Africa) outlined NERSA’s plan for the build-up to the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and the essential features of the PPA.

Thabang Audat, Deputy Director of Electricity in the Department of Energy, outlined the criteria for the gate-keeping mechanism that would prepare developers for a binding PPA. And Yousuf Haffejee, who heads the REPA (RE Purchasing Authority) suggested the timelines envisaged.

NERSA remains committed to the implementation of phase two of the feed-in tariff by September this year. A second process will be initiated at some time in the future, aimed at off-grid and micro-grid electrification. By the end of the day, there was a sense of optimism, although it was clear that the feed-in tariff is merely the starting point.


WADE Thailand Country Manager bags first prize in Clean Energy Business Plan competition SPRING-1 business plan emerged the winner

Singapore à‚· WADE Thailand’s Country Manager, Alan Dale Gonzales, was awarded the Clean Technology Initiative (CTI) Clean Energy Financing Award. The award was given in recognition for winning the first prize in the Business Plan competition, organized for clean energy projects in south-east Asia.


Alan Dale Gonzales, Thailand Country Manager of WADE (centre), being awarded the Clean Technology Initiative Clean Energy Financing Award
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The business plan of SPRING-1, which is a decentralized energy system, emerged as the best among 60 projects submitted from all over south-east Asia. Alan Dale Gonzales, who presented the business plan during the event, bettered 10 other presenters to emerge as the winner of the competition.

The citation in the plaque, given in recognition of this achievement, states that SPRING-1 ‘was deemed to be one of the most promising clean energy investment opportunities in the ASEAN region.’


WADE endorses EE Global 2009
Event focuses on the role of energy efficiency

Paris, France à‚· WADE endorsed EE Global 2009 (Energy Efficiency Global Forum and Exposition) held in Paris in April. The event saw political, academic, business, and NGO leaders gather at this premier energy and efficiency exposition.

The forum put up an impressive line of sponsors and exhibitors, and an unparalleled agenda featuring more than 140 international business and government luminaries from over 26 countries.


WADE keynotes perfect power conference Role of smart grid technology in the renewable energy sector highlighted

Burlington, USA à‚· The Renewable Energy Vermont conference was an excellent opportunity for energy professionals, businesses, homeowners, local communities, utility personnel, and others interested in our energy future, to explore how local distributed energy technologies can best be integrated into a modern smart electrical grid.


David Sweet, Executive Director of WADE (left) with Andrew Perchlik, Executive Director of Renewable Energy Vermont
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David Sweet, Executive Director of WADE, in his keynote discussed the role of decentralized energy in making the grid smarter. Other speakers included Michele Tihami, Global Policy and Regulatory Leader, IBM; Shawn Enterline, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation; David Halquiest, Vermont Electric Co-op; and Bruce Bentley, Central Vermont Public Service.


(Left to right) David Sweet, Executive Director of WADE; H E Le Cong Phung, Vietnam Ambassador to the US; and Dr Tran from WADE ” at a dinner meeting
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WADE featured in the book Perfect Power Book discusses the power of micro-grid revolution

USA à‚· Perfect Power, by authors Robert Galvin and Kurt Yeager, has created quite an impact on the entire energy industry. Highlighted in the book are institutions that are making progress in improving the energy scenario across the globe. WADE was featured as one such institution that has earned recognition in the field of decentralized energy.

The book delineates how the micro-grid revolution will unleash cleaner, greener and more abundant energy. It offers some out-of-the-box solutions, investment options and innumerable job opportunities addressing the ever-rising energy problems.

The book discusses how to meet the rising demands for more electricity; create ‘perfect power’ that will withstand hurricanes, blackouts, terrorism and technical malfunctions; implement clean, ‘green’ alternatives by tapping the smart micro-grid revolution; live ‘off the grid’ and become energy self-sufficient; and identify and invest in exciting new companies and technologies.


JUCCCE mayoral training Importance of CHP application in China highlighted

Beijing, China à‚· WADE’s China Country Manager, Ju Ning, gave a presentation in Beijing during the Joint US-China Co-operation on Clean Energy (JUCCCE)’s Energy Smart City Training for mayors and senior executives of major Chinese firms.

Mr Ning’s presentation was entitled ‘CHP, an important technology on the carbon cost curve.’ He discussed the technology, impact, barriers, and outlook for combined heat power (CHP) applications in China. He also briefed the audience on WADE’s ongoing work in China in connection with the Asia Pacific Partnership and invited the meeting attendees to become involved with the project.


Natural Resources Canada: national consultation session on community energy Discussion on community energy solutions roadmap

Ottawa, Canada à‚· WADE Canada participated in a national consultation session on community energy systems hosted by Natural Resources. Kelsey Chegus, Programme Co-ordinator, represented WADE Canada members at a half-day meeting with industry stakeholders in Ottawa. WADE Canada members also submitted written feedback that will be considered in the creation of the document.

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is currently working with provinces, territories and stakeholders on the development of a Community Energy Solutions Roadmap to be endorsed and made public by the Council of Energy Ministers in autumn 2009.

The Roadmap will provide a foundation for action that federal, provincial and territorial governments can take in concert with communities and stakeholders to facilitate implementation and encourage adoption of integrated community energy systems. These systems offer the potential to significantly reduce community level energy use and associated greenhouse gas emissions.


WADE participates in MENA carbon forum Forum assessed the CDM market potential in the MENA region

Cairo, Egypt à‚· Ihab Elmassry, Regional Director of WADE Middle East, represented WADE in this event ” which combined a carbon investment trade fair and conference and policy forum.

As part of the event, the World Bank presented and discussed the outcome of an analytical and technical study, which was conducted to review and assess the CDM (Clean Development Mechanism) market potential in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region.

The forum was aimed at providing a platform for knowledge sharing on emerging scenarios of the MENA carbon market and showcasing MENA carbon projects.

It allowed participants to learn about best regional CDM project implementation pratices from project developers and independent specialists, covering a broad set of mitigation sectors and technologies, and piloting activities under the programmatic CDM.

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