The World Alliance for Decentralized Energy (WADE) was established in 2002 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 report paves the way for on-site power in the cement sector

Significant potential for carbon savings by investing in on-site power in the world’s cement plants

WADE’s latest research report examines the cement sector, which accounts for 5% of global CO2 emissions.

Documentation compiled in the report shows there is currently more than 2900 MW of installed electric generating capacity in cement plants worldwide.

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Data suggest however that on-site plants are installed at a minority of the world’s cement plants. In the top 20 cement-producing countries alone it is estimated that the overall potential to generate electricity at cement plants is about 57 TWh annually.

If all, or even some, of the potential were realized, considerable emissions from the central power plants from which cement plants traditionally obtain their electricity could be displaced.

Opportunities for top-cycle, bottom-cycle cogeneration, or both, exist at many of the world’s cement plants.

To download a free copy of the report please visit:

WADE highlights value of DE in providing reliable power during storm outages

Storms are the problem, local power is the solution

Washington DC, US – In the last week of January WADE highlighted the potential role of DE in response to recent severe weather in the US, Europe and Australia which resulted in hundreds of thousands losing power for days on end.

In a press release WADE’s Executive Director, David Sweet, stated: ‘Decentralized energy, also known as local power, is a proven solution that helps keep the power on when it matters most’.


European-funded programme to promote cogeneration in Asia comes to close

WADE participates in final EC-ASEAN Energy Facility Dissemination Conference

Brussels, Belgium – On 2 February the European Commission hosted an event in Brussels summarizing the main results of a 15-year project supported by the Commission to develop DE and renewable energy projects in ASEAN countries.

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Ludovic Lacrosse, the director of the COGEN 3 Project, presented the results. The project developed chapter offices in 9 of the 10 ASEAN countries. Co-ordinators were appointed in each region and best-practice pilot projects were conducted.

Information on the results of the COGEN 3 Project can be found at its website:

WADE responds to UK government request for evidence of the benefits of DE

London, UK – On 1 November 2006 the UK government launched its public consultation paper: ‘Distributed energy: a call for evidence’.

In response, WADE submitted detailed comments substantiating the benefits of DE. To view the response, visit:

To see background on the Distributed Energy Consultation, visit:

Greenpeace and WADE look at energy options for Iran

WADE Economic Model applied to Iran to gauge cogeneration potential

Amsterdam, the Netherlands – WADE has joined with Greenpeace International to help assess the potential for DE and cogeneration in Iran, as well as the potential economic and environmental impact on the country.

Greenpeace has collaborated with WADE on a number of global initiatives to demonstrate the role that DE can play in efficiently, affordably and cleanly meeting regional energy needs.

WADE participates in Energy Efficiency Roundtable for international co-operation

Cogeneration emphasized as important part of efficiency equation

Brussels, Belgium – The Energy Efficiency Roundtable was held in Brussels on 1 February 2007 as part of the EU Sustainable Energy Week.

This high-level meeting explored initiatives promoting energy efficiency in different countries, and possibilities for international co-operation.

In his opening address, European Commissioner for Energy, Andris Piebalgs, emphasized the need for action as well as the importance of cogeneration and DE for improving the efficiency of the power sector.

GOF-funded project launched to promote CHP in Guangdong Province

Guangzhou, China – WADE has been working on a GOF-funded research project to accelerate combined heating and power (CHP) development and related policy research in Guangdong.

The Global Opportunities Fund (GOF) is a UK Foreign Office fund to promote action on global issues in areas of strategic importance to the UK, including climate change and energy.

The first stage of the project, which was completed in early January, analysed the suitability of various DE technologies and the potential for application in Guangdong.

The study will now turn to the obstacles to DE development and policy and regulatory measures to remove these.

WADE chairs World Bank session on DE for flare reduction

Paris, France – WADE recently worked with the World Bank to organize a Global Forum on Flaring Reduction and Gas Utilization in Paris. WADE Executive Director David Sweet chaired the ‘Solutions for Flaring and Venting: Power Generation’ panel, which included presentations by WADE members Jacob Klimstra from Wärtsilä and Géraldine Roy from Siemens, who highlighted the potential for profitably reducing flaring via the utilization of DE technology .The event was organized by the World Bank, the Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership and the Association for Oil and Gas Producers and featured sponsors from leading world petroleum companies.

Countries with the greatest flaring problem and potential to monetize stranded gas through DE. Source: World Bank
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WADE Members respond to questions at World Bank Forum on flare reduction
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WADE chairs International Energy Forum

Executive Director calls for gas/LNG/DE efficiency partnership

Seoul, South Korea – WADE Executive Director David Sweet chaired and presented at an international conference focused on issues and opportunities facing the global LNG and natural gas industry.

WADE Executive Director David Sweet (left) with Sungdo Gong, Head of BP Korea
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Sweet’s keynote focused on the opportunity for providers of natural gas and LNG supplies to partner with high-efficiency end-use DE technologies to advance environmental and climate goals and objectives.

Sungdo Gong, Head of BP Korea, also focused on the environmental message and the challenge facing the industry to reduce CO2 emissions as the rapidly growing economies of China and India create additional demands for fossil fuels.

WADE attends meeting to promote co-operation between China, Europe and US

Berlin, Germany – The EastWest Institute (EWI) and the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS) co-organized an inaugural meeting in December 2006 to bring together leaders from China, Europe and the United States to discuss win-win-win solutions to global problems.

Energy and Global Resource Cooperation was identified as one of the group’s strategic priority issues.

WADE Executive Director, David Sweet, discussed with the group the potential for DE in China and how it could have a favourable impact on the environment and energy security in all three regions.

WADE responds to EU Strategic Energy Review

The European Union recently released its Strategic Energy Review which, in WADE’s view, seriously underestimated the strategic importance of DE to EU members and regional energy security. In response to the strategy release, WADE and Cogen Europe highlighted their concerns in letters to the Editor of the Financial Times and the Economist, stating that ‘the European Strategic Energy Review is alarmingly silent on cogeneration and decentralized energy, the subjects of a major directive and the most immediate single source of both energy savings and CO2 reduction available in Europe today.’

To see the letter, visit:


In Search of WADE research projects and proposals
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WADE has a long history of helping public and private sector institutions around the world understand and realize decentralized energy (DE) benefits and opportunities through its tradition of thorough and comprehensive research.

In addition to WADE’s regular publications, reports and market studies, WADE has participated in successful projects, conferences and educational campaigns, working with a range of governments, national and international organizations.

WADE’s contribution to these projects includes:

  • WADE Economic Model – computer modeling of the economic and environmental impacts of DE in a specified area
  • DE Potential Analysis – assessment of the potential for developing DE in a specified area
  • DE Policy Best Practice Review – international overview of policy mechanisms for DE
  • DE Technology Status Review – overview of the performance and market-readiness of DE technologies
  • DE Project Best Practice Case Studies – overview of successful DE case study projects worldwide relevant to a specified area
  • Education and Outreach Programmes focusing on DE, environment and economic efficiency.

Are you aware of any opportunities where WADE can bring its expertise to bear? Please contact WADE and let us know how we can help your company or organization.


International Research Executive

The World Alliance for Decentralized Energy (WADE) is looking for part-time research and program assistance from around the world.

We require an independent worker and thinker with excellent analytical and communication skills along with a passion to help change the way the world makes electricity. We offer the freedom to work from your own home or office, and the opportunity to help solve some of the most critical problems facing developed, as well as developing, nations.

Please send your resume and a cover letter indicating any specific research areas related to energy and the environment where you could provide immediate research capability, by email:

Regional/Country Representatives

WADE is also looking for individuals to work on a part-time basis as regional and country representatives.

While a technical background is not required, individuals will have a solid understanding of the dynamics of the energy industry along with exceptional public and private sector contacts.

You will represent WADE at events and meetings, devise and implement strategies for greater deployment of decentralized energy and work to establish WADE country chapters.

Please provide a resume and cover letter explaining your relevant experience within a particular region or country, as well as specific details of your ability to leverage existing networks and contacts in the area, by email to:

Seeking tenders

WADE’s members are the world’s leaders on the entire suite of DE technology applications. If you have a project tender or request for proposal (RFP) and are looking for the best applicants, please let us know and we will get the word out to our members.


Please send us news about your upcoming meetings, conferences, presentations, job openings, company announcements, etc. WADE wishes to continue and expand its role as an information hub for the DE industry. Let us help you.