WADE launches project in Thailand

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Kick-off meeting held

Bangkok, Thailand ࢀ¢ WADE launched a new project in Thailand within the framework of the Thailand-EC Cooperation 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).


From Left: Alan Dale Gonzalas, country manager, WADE Thailand; Phongjaroon S, executive director, ECCT; Chantawarangul Sutthiya, TECF manager, EC; Samuel Cantell, 1st secretary EC; David Sweet, executive director, WADE; Sridhar Samudrala, director, Asia WADE; Supasit Amaralikit, program manager, FA; Ludovic Lacrosse, director, FA
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The project aims to help facilitate trade and investment flows between the 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 was held on 24 March at the Siam City Hotel in Bangkok. For information on WADE’s activities in Thailand, interested parties should contact WADE Thailand country manager Alan Dale Gonzales, at: agonzales@localpower.org.

WADE participates in Arabian power and water summit

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Summit focuses on the challenges faced by the regional power and water industry

Abu Dhabi, UAE ࢀ¢ WADE participated in this event held under the patronage of the Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (ADWEA). Currently the regional power and water industry is facing unprecedented challenges à‚— a shortage of resources, project delays, fluctuating costs, amidst the present global economic downturn.

Over the two days of the summit, eight panel sessions explored key topics such as ‘Achieving sustainable business development in a demanding environment,’ from both the developers’ and contractors’ perspectives. David Sweet, executive director of WADE, highlighted the importance of decentralized energy during a panel discussion chaired by Jacob Klimstra of Wärtsilä.

WADE and COGENA establish WADE MED

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Event brings together Mediterranean cogen enterprises and organizations

Rome, Italy ࢀ¢ WADE and COGENA held a meeting in Rome to establish a new WADE chapter focused on the Mediterranean region. Massimiliano Santini, international relations delegate of the Italian Cogeneration Association (COGENA) and WADE MED co-director gave the opening address.


Massimiliano Santini, WADE MED co-director and Ozkan Agis, president of the Turkish Cogeneration Association
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The event also included an overview of WADE activities by David Sweet, executive director of WADE; and Marianna Benetti, co-director of WADE MED, highlighted the objectives of WADE Mediterranean.

If you are interested in being a part of WADE MED and want to know more about WADE MED activities, please contact: Massimiliano Santini, WADE MED co-director, at: msantini@localpower.org.

Wade Southern Africa launch meeting held

Johannesburg, South Africa ࢀ¢ WADE, in collaboration with Wits University, hosted a meeting to discuss the potential for decentralized energy technology playing a much more significant role in the energy future of the Southern African region. The discussion focused on the technical and policy challenges for greater deployment of distributed power solutions in the region.


From left: Stefano Bologna, representative head of regional UNIDO office South Africa, United Nations Industrial Development Organization; Ngcobo Nqaba, member of South African parliament; David Sweet, executive director of WADE; Dr Ruth Rabinowitz, member of South African parliament
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Dr Ruth Rabinowitz, MP, who spearheaded the passage of South Africa’s new feed-in tariff policies, discussed the potential for feed-in tariffs to increase renewable energy supplies and the possibility of expanding the feed-in tariffs to other energy technologies, such as cogeneration. Prof. Willie Cronjé of the School of Electrical and Information Engineering, Wits University, threw light on technical challenges facing distributed generation of electricity.

WADE at POWER-GEN India and Central Asia

New Delhi, India ࢀ¢ WADE was a part of the POWER-GEN India and Central Asia conference, held in New Delhi. Supported by the Ministry of Power and the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Government of India, the main focus of the conference was to tackle the immense challenges of providing power to one of the world’s most populated countries and the second fastest growing major economy.


From Left: Bonvicini, manager, Turbec SPA, Italy; S. Samudrala, director, Asia WADE; J. Rathke, director of government affairs, Capstone USA
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The conference provided an in-depth overview of the challenges faced by the power sector, with panel contributions from key political and industry figures. Among the prominent speakers on day two was Sridhar Samudrala, Asia director of WADE, who chaired the session on ‘Distributed power generation.’ He spoke on how India’s decentralized energy and CHP potential could become a possible solution for the country’s power woes.

This presentation was followed by two more important presentations by WADE member organizations à‚— Wärtsilä and Capstone à‚— who discussed their operations in India and how to increase the benefits of cogeneration and decentralized energy. Dr Jacob Klimstra, senior energy specialist for Wärtsilä, presented a paper titled ‘Local electricity generation à‚— the road out of a crisis,’ and Mr Justin Rathke, director of policy and business development for Capstone, presented ‘Rural electrification using biogas-powered microturbines: tackling cost and other challenges of the Indian market.’

WADE speaks at World Energy Council workshop on cleaner fossil fuel systems

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Role of decentralized energy for Africa explored

Abuja, Nigeria ࢀ¢ WADE participated in the World Energy Council (WEC) workshop on cleaner fossil fuel systems, organized by Prof. A S Sambo, vice-chairman for Africa of the WEC and director general of the Energy Commission of Nigeria.


Pictured centre is Prof. A S Sambo, vice-chairman for Africa of the WEC and director general of the Energy Commission of Nigeria
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In his opening address, Prof. Sambo highlighted the main objectives of the event à‚— to provide an in-depth understanding of clean energy technologies, challenges and opportunities in Africa; to demonstrate that cleaner fossil fuel systems are essential to modern energy access and Africa’s sustainable development; to enhance the awareness of the African energy sectors stakeholders; and to promote clean energy technology knowledge and deployment in Africa. David Sweet, executive director of WADE, gave a presentation on the various decentralized energy options for Nigeria.

WADE Canada opens office in Montreal, Quebec

WADE Canada is the successor of the New Energy Resources Alliance (NewERA) à‚— which was established in April 2002 when two Alberta organizations namely, Climate Change Central and Alberta Research Council, sponsored a collaborative effort to create an industry-led, not-for-profit organization dedicated to DE.

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In 2008, WADE Canada completed its transition from NewERA and became a country chapter of the World Alliance for Decentralized Energy. It is a registered, national, not-for-profit industry association, working to enhance the performance of Canada’s DE industry to strengthen its economy and global energy competitiveness.

WADE Canada is pleased to announce the official opening of its Quebec office in Montreal. Our Calgary office remains the administrative headquarters for WADE Canada, but operations queries should be directed to: WADE Canada Montreal Office, Suite 202, 3575 Boulevard St Laurent, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H2X 2T7. Tel: +1 514 844 8448.

WADE attends WEC’s Africa regional meeting

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Event discussing World Energy Council’s Africa Regional Action Plan

Abuja, Nigeria ࢀ¢ WADE was present at the recent World Energy Council’s (WEC) Africa regional meeting. The event was held to assess the energy scene in the African region and update the WEC Africa Regional Action Plan 2008à‚—2010. Highlights of the discussions were the WEF Partnership on Energy Poverty Action à‚— status and planning activities, the progress of the WEC’s Niger project, and the presentation on the Montreal 2010 World Energy Congress.

WADE Canada launches new website

WADE Canada has launched its new website to promote the development of the decentralized energy (DE) industry in Canada. The website can be viewed at: www.wadecanada.ca

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The website provides information on WADE Canada, including the people who support the organization and the objectives of WADE Canada’s work. You can also find information on Canada’s DE industry, including the benefits and challenges facing the various stakeholders in the value chain and the key policy actions happening across the country.

The website is presently only available in English but is being translated into French (which will be made available as soon as possible).

We hope you will enjoy surfing our new site. Your comments and suggestions are most welcome.

WADE Canada welcomes chair of the board

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WADE Canada is pleased to formally welcome James Sidlofsky (above) as chair of the board of directors.

James is a partner in the Energy Markets and Infrastructure Group, in Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s Toronto office. He was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1988. He holds a BA honours (Philosophy, 1983, College of Arts and University Gold Medallist) from the University of Guelph; an LLB (1986) from the University of Toronto; and a diploma in Public Administration (1999) from the University of Western Ontario.

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James advises electricity distributors, generators/retailers, and industrial/commercial electricity consumers, on a wide range of regulatory matters. He represents clients before the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) in electricity and natural gas-related proceedings à‚— including applications for rates, OEB code amendments, approvals of sales of electricity distribution utilities and gas storage facilities, and ‘leave to construct’ applications; as well as ‘generic’ proceedings.

James is the chair of the Industry Task Force on Distributed Generation. Before joining the WADE Canada board, he was a director of its predecessor, NewERA, from 2005à‚—2007.

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