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WADE China APP Project Team tours China

In conjunction with the Asia-Pacific Partnership (APP) project on Clean Development, the WADE China project team: Richard Sweetser, Bruce Hedman, and Ju Ning recently traveled to China with meetings in key cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Shenyang, Chongqing, Chengdu, and Changsha.

The APP, which is an innovative effort to accelerate the development of clean energy technologies, was formed by seven Asia-Pacific countries: Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, Republic of Korea, and the United States.

WADE China Team at an Industrial Facility in China
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During this trip the WADE project team met various stakeholders in decentralized energy (DE) and combined heat and power (CHP), including governmental officials, enterprises, non-profit organizations, and universities. The team discussed current situations of DE and CHP in China, collected information on the potentials and barriers for the technologies in China, as well as taking suggestions from Chinese stakeholders. The team also visited numerous industrial facilities as part of their research effort during the trip.

WADE in alliance with ICEED to conduct workshop in Nigeria

WADE, in cooperation with Christian Aid and the International Centre for Environment and Energy Development (ICEED), is conducting a research project on the application and deployment of decentralized energy in Nigeria, using the WADE Economic model to base its final findings on.

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 the plans for a longer-term advocacy strategy, which is to be led by the Nigerian Climate Action Network and supported by Christian Aid, to promote the generation and deployment 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.

A workshop in Abuja is planned:

  • Present the final results of the World Alliance for Decentralized Energy Economic Model Research for Nigeria
  • Share experiences experiened on decentralized energy development as it has happened in other countries
  • Present case studies of Decentralized Energy Developments in Nigeria and Africa
  • Discuss steps to achieve a Decentralized Energy Legislation for Nigeria

Apart from this workshop, WADE has also been working diligently in Nigeria, to bring about a drastic change in the energy scene there.

WADE participated in the World Energy Council workshop on Cleaner Fossil Fuel Systems, which was organized by professor. A. S. Sambo, vice-chairman for Africa of World Energy Council & drirector general of the Energy Commission of Nigeria.

DOE CHP funding welcome

The funding opportunities announced by The US Department of Energy (DOE) for Combined Heat and Power systems was greatly welcomed by WADE. The DOE issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement for up to $40 million (€27.9 million)in research, development of CHP systems.

David Sweet, Executive Director WADE, said the funding opportunities for CHP systems, would be a stepping stone in enhancing the deployment of CHP systems.

He also welcomed the US DOE’s announcement of over $119 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in Alabama, American Samoa, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, North Dakota, and Wyoming.

WADE Canada officially welcomes vice president, Geraldine Byrne

Geraldine Byrne is a welcome addition to WADE Canada’s management team. Geraldine is a leader in energy efficient and renewable energy technology transfer initiatives. She managed the transfer of renewable energy technology in 30 rural communities in Latin America. She also directed the daily operations of a start-up distributed energy company which specialized in the development, sales, installation and operation of microturbine-based combined heat and power systems. In addition she was involved in the assessment of commercial markets for micro-cogeneration technology (multi-unit residential, recreation, greenhouse, industrial processing plants).

‘Canada has tremendous potential for decentralized energy. I am excited about being part of this effort as this industry begins to explode.’ says Byrne.

Geraldine has a masters degree from the University of Calgary with a specialization in rural energy development. Her field research was carried out over a seven month period in Cuba with the East University’s Centre for Energy Efficiency Research Centre in Santiago de Cuba.

WADE Canada New Members: The Municipality of Chatham-Kent

WADE Canada welcomes the first municipality to its membership. The Municipality of Chatham-Kent has a long history in Canada’s agricultural and automotives sectors. It is the twelfth-largest municipality by area in Canada and the largest in southwestern Ontario. Chatham-Kent and its 23 communities are currently investing in strategies to support economic diversification. Increasingly focused on the clean energy sector, they are aggressively developing new training and education partnership programs to support capacity growth in this sector. To its advantage, the municipality is home for two large energy companies, Union Gas and Spectra Energy.

Chatham-Kent has demonstrated municipal leadership in Canada’s clean energy sector in a very short period of time. It currently has 42 installed wind turbines and 165 awaiting approval. Chatham is one of three in North America to possess a dry mill continuous ethanol producing plant, which will receive up to $72.8 million (€50.8 million)from the Government of Canada’s ecoENERGY for Biofuels program.

In terms of training and education, bioenergy research and the bioeconomy will be the focus of the University of Guelph’s new Centre for Agricultural Renewable Energy and Sustainability (CARES) at the Ridgetown Campus. The first scheduled project is a farm-scale biodiesel demonstration plant. The Canadian government is investing $900 000 in the project.

Additional Chatham-Kent projects include:

  • 500 acres zoned for solar power projects, with an additional 500 acres in the approval process
  • The development of a cogeneration project at its Water Pollution Control Plant
  • Plans for expansion of Chatham-Kent Energy, which the Municipality of Chatham-Kent owns 90% of

WADE Canada is coordinating DE project development sessions for Chatham-Kent to introduce new investment and project partners to the region.

WADE Canada Board News

At WADE Canada’s Annual General Meeting held in Montreal May 2009, three new Directors were voted onto the 2009 Board. We are pleased to formally welcome Bob Hawkesworth, Owen Schneider and Benjamin Kennedy.

Bob Hawkesworth

Bob Hawkesworth has supported WADE Canada and its predecessor, NewERA, since 2003 when he joined the Board as a founding director. He is a nationally recognized leader in sustainable community development and has played a critical role in developing many of Alberta’s community energy projects. We are pleased to welcome him back for his sixth year.

Bob is a city alderman in Calgary, Alberta. He has nearly 30 years of city council and provincial legislature experience. During this time he also held the position of president of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association where he received numerous awards including a special life member award in 2008.

Bob was instrumental in leading Calgary’s adoption of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards, for which it became the first municipality to receive the Canada Green Building Council’s Government Leadership award in 2008.

Bob received ‘Spirits of Gold’ Award from United Way for his advocacy as founding member of the Calgary Homeless Foundation and chair of the Calgary Affordable Housing Team.

Bob serves on various boards and committees, including Climate Change Central Board of Directors, the Standing Policy Committee on Utilities and Environment, ENMAX Corporation Board of Director and Chair of the Land and Asset Strategy Committee. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alberta and a master’s degree in resources and the environment from the University of Calgary.

Benjamin Kennedy

WADE Canada welcomes Benjamin Kennedy to his first appointment to the board of directors. Ben is the Canadian Jenbacher Business Development leader for the GE Infrastructure team. Responsible for market development and growth of GE Energy’s Jenbacher reciprocating engine in Canada, he brings with him over six years of experience in operations management with Irving Tissue, a leading Canadian pulp and paper manufacturer.

Ben has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of New Brunswick and is currently pursuing an MBA at York University’s Schulich School of Business focusing on finance and strategic management.

Owen Schneider

WADE Canada welcomes Owen Schneider to his first appointment to the board of directors. Owen possesses more than 15 years experience in the chemical, energy and manufacturing industry and his background includes over a decade of corporate development work with Enbridge, a major North American energy transportation company. Owen is currently manager of New Ventures at Enbridge and is responsible for the management of Toronto Power Solutions, a joint venture with Toronto Hydro Energy Services Inc., which develops and provides distributed energy solutions in the Greater Toronto Area. Owen has successfully created new businesses and partnerships and is an industry-leading specialist in providing business and financial valuations. Owen has an MBA in finance and international business from Dalhousie University and a bachelor’s in economics from the University of Toronto.

WADE coordinates the initiation of a new EU FP7 Project

The European Union has declared new calls about sustainability and energy efficiency, including EeB-Energy.2010.8.1-2 ‘Demonstration of Energy Efficiency Through Retrofitting’.

The LEED platinum level green office building in Ankara, Turkey
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This will allow demonstration of the large-scale benefits of retrofitting power and energy infrastructure starting from buildings with distributed power and energy. This project, if funded will have two mirror applications. One of them will be based upon the LEED platinum level green office building in Ankara, Turkey, which was featured in COSSP May-June 2009. This building will be used as a retrofitting model and provide the infrastructure of benchmarking studies. The project will involve another similar application in one of the EU countries. Cumulative data obtained at the initial phase of the project will be translated to larger-scale districts and the WADE model will be a strong asset and tool to model retrofit benefits and predict reduction of carbon emission rates.

WADE at symposium of the Americas for energy and climate change

Leaders from across the Western Hemisphere met in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago for the Fifth Summit of the Americas between 17-19 April 2009. One of the proposals to emerge from the discussions in Trinidad & Tobago focused on ways to increase cooperation in the hemisphere.

In addition, WADE participated in the Symposium of the Americas for Energy and Climate Change held on 15-16 June in Lima, Peru. The event was the first follow on step of the Fifth Summit of Americas gathering policy makers – and the private sector – to discuss possible areas of cooperation on the most critical energy issues facing the Western hemisphere. Among the most important subjects of discussion were: energy efficiency; renewable energy; fossil fuels; energy infrastructure and, energy poverty. The objective of the symposium was to identify future steps for energy and climate cooperation in the Western Hemisphere.

‘Peruvian Minister of Energy Pedro Sanchez, Katharine Fierro WADE Peruvian Country Manager, Ambassador Jeffrey Davidow, Institute of the Americas’
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WADE Country Manager for Peru, Katharine Fierro participated in the roundtable for investment in energy infrastructure and poverty alleviation. She addressed the role WADE has played globally in fostering decentralized energy projects, suggesting the Peruvian Ministry of Energy to diversify interest to and invest in small-scale energy projects which would bring in long term benefits.

The Peruvian Minister of Energy and Mines, Pedro Sanchez, and host opened the first day conference referring to the objectives of the conference, major initiatives and plans from the Peruvian Ministry of Energy and Mines, highlighting the high caliber of the participants. Among other speakers, was US Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, (videoconference) who spoke about the US Law for Clean Energy and Security, renewables, carbon capture sequestration and energy diversification such as nuclear, domestic oil and gas reserves.

At the two day conference, government authorities form Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Belize, Peru, US, Costa Rica, Uruguay, and Guyana discussed the initiatives that their respective governments were taking through programmes to save energy leading to energy efficiency.

Annual ASHRAE Conference

The 2009 ASHRAE Annual Conference was held 20 – 24 June in Louisville, Kentucky. Gordon Holness, Fellow ASHRAE and the new President of ASHRAE for the 2009-2010 society year, opened the conference with ‘Sustaining our future by Rebuilding Our Past: Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings.’

Mr. Holness emphasized the fact that new buildings built every year represent only a miniscule portion of the entire building stock, in which most of the existing buildings are aging and energy inefficient. Therefore, carbon emissions reduction efforts have a much greater potential and opportunity for succesful implementation in the existing building stock by increasing their efficiency. This effort definitely includes distributed power, distributed energy, district energy, and building retrofit efforts with micro cogeneration systems.