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 meets Canadian Provincial Minister to discuss decentralized energy

Alberta Energy Minister Knight welcomes WADE staff

Edmonton, Canada – WADE recently met the Energy Minister Mel Knight of the Canadian province of Alberta, as well as other key government officials.

On the agenda was the use of cogeneration in the Alberta oil sands, special regulations for the treatment of cogeneration under the provincial Specified Gas Emitters Regulation and the potential for microCHP in the province.

Oil sands excavation mine
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Alberta is emerging as an important region in global energy markets due to its extensive oil sand resources. The Alberta reserves are thought to represent more than 80% of the world’s natural bitumen reserves, putting proven Canadian oil reserves second in the world behind those of Saudi Arabia.

Also of common interest at the meetings was the recent formation of WADE Canada group to focus efforts on promoting decentralized energy across Canada.

Oil sand upgrader facility including CHP plant
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On the same trip, WADE joined a tour of Washington delegates to Fort McMurray to see the oil sands operations first hand, including a cogeneration plant providing heat and power for the Suncor oil sand upgrader.

WADE opens Dutch Innovation Summit

World experts meet to discuss decentralized energy

Hengelo, the Netherlands – WADE Director David Sweet opened up discussions at the recent Alternative Energy Facility Connectivity Innovation Summit held concurrently in Hengelo, the Netherlands, and Cleveland, USA.

The event was organized by Eaton Electric Ltd. WADE was invited to highlight the advantages of decentralized energy around the world.

WADE briefs regulators on decentralized energy NARUC summer meeting

NARUC summer meeting

New York, USA – WADE’s David Sweet recently made a presentation at the summer meeting of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) held in New York.

The meeting attracted regulators from across the United States and around the world and was attended by more than 1000 registrants. WADE presented on evolution of the international gas sector and the role of decentralized energy.

Canadian coalition uses WADE model to make the case for clean decentralized energy

Report shows DE and energy efficiency most economic path for Ontario

Toronto, Canada – A new report entitled Renewable is Doable, based on the findings of the WADE economic model, was released in late July by a coalition of Canadian organizations, including the WWF and the Pembina Institute.

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The report confirms that smart, targeted investments in a diverse array of energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions (including renewable and non-renewable fired cogeneration) over the next 20 years would achieve major cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, accelerate the closure of our highly polluting coal plants and avoid the need for new nuclear investments.

WADE work cited in interview in The Ecologist

UK periodical champions DE

London, UK – The Ecologist magazine, ‘the world’s most respected environmental affairs magazine’, recently interviewed Rebekah Phillips, policy officer at the Green Alliance, a UK non-profit organization.

Phillips highlighted the potential for decentralized energy in the UK to for meeting government objectives, citing WADE research.

WADE helps shape IEA initiative

WADE continues involvement with international CHP collaborative

Paris, France – WADE continued its involvement with the International Energy Agency’s combined heat and power and district heating collaborative by participating in a recent meeting. WADE is working with the collaborative to help organize a meeting to be held in October.

DE Benefits Extolled to Power Sector Financiers

WADE provides guest column in Power Finance Review

London, UK – Upon the invitation of the publisher WADE recently wrote a guest column for the annual ‘Power Sector Review’ book. WADE used the opportunity to explain to the finance community the benefits of decentralized energy.

WADE co-hosts key North American leaders in Washington

Canadian Minister, FERC Commissioner welcomed

Washington, USA – In June, WADE was pleased to help host the Honorable Gary Lunn, Canadian Minister of Natural Resources, in Washington.

The event, co-sponsored by the Canadian American Business Council (CABC), was organized as part of the monthly Natural Gas Roundtable series.

Canadian Minister of Natural Resources, Gary Lunn
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Minister Lunn discussed cooperation between the United States and Canada, and stressed the need for energy efficiency.

In July, the meeting brought Commissioner Philip D. Moeller of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to Washington.

Commissioner Philip D. Moeller and WADE Director David Sweet
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Mr Moeller discussed the evolving policy landscape in the United States.

Madrid event sees surge in interest in DE

WADE helps expose power sector professionals to benefits of DE

Madrid, Spain – POWER-GEN Europe 2007 was for the first time co-located alongside two other industry gatherings, Renewable Energy Europe and PowerGrid Europe, thereby bringing together three key elements of power production and delivery, conventional power generation, renewable power generation, and transmission and distribution.

From left to right: WADE Board Co-chair Tony Hynes, WADE Director David Sweet and PennWell Director of European Events, Glenn Ensor announce the COSPP Pavilion to be launched at PowerGen Europe 2008.
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WADE exhibited at the event along with 450 other organizations and was on hand to discuss decentralized energy with some of the 10,000 visitors that attended the event.

WADE was also present to help announce a new partnership between WADE and PennWell, the event organizer, to launch a dedicated Cogeneration and On-site Power Pavillion at POWER-GEN Europe 2008, to be held in Milan, Italy on 3-5 June.

Combustion, Energy & Steam Specialists joins WADE

Leading international on-site power developer is newest WADE member

Stromness, UK – The latest addition to WADE’s growing membership is Combustion, Energy & Steam Specialists of Scotland.

CESS has a portfolio of successful projects spanning the globe in countries as diverse as India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Tanzania, the UK and the USA.

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Headquartered in Stromness in the Orkney Islands, CESS was formed in 1990 and has rapidly developed as one of the world’s leading sourcing, valuation and marketing agents and suppliers of surplus and ‘advance-order’ power plant and related equipment.

The company can also provide the manpower required for project development, feasibility studies, asset and surplus equipment valuation, environmental impact assessment (EIA), engineering design, procurement, construction, commissioning and eventual de-commissioning, dismantling (‘CESSation’ technology) and removal/recycling of such facilities, usually on a contract basis.

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Mark your calendars

WADE will hold its annual Decentralized Energy Summit in New Orleans.

The event will be held on 10 December and will be sited in connection with PowerGen International.

WADE requests your case studies

WADE is seeking to build a collection of successful DE projects from around the world and invites WADE members and non-members alike to submit projects featuring DE applications economically reducing emissions, increasing reliability and providing other benefits.

Please send PDF documents and other compiled case study information to


Help expand WADE membership

Global interest in decentralized energy is at an all-time high as a direct result of WADE’s fight for clean, efficient and sustainable energy systems. In order to keep the pendulum swinging in the right direction, we need your support.

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If you are not already a WADE member please contact us at to request a membership package and find out how you can be part of the our global network.

If you are already a WADE member, invite your industry colleagues to join WADE.

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The member that recruits the most new member organizations by our Annual Meeting on 10 December will be awarded a cash prize of $1000 and will be honoured with an award in New Orleans. For more information on the event please contact us.