WADE has released a summary of a new report evaluating the potential benefits for China from combined heat and power (CHP) and clean distributed generation (DG).

The summary was released at a meeting for a briefing on the WADE Asia Pacific Partnership China Project with regard to the potential for distributed power in China on 18 July in Washington, DC.

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David Sweet, WADE’s executive director, and Wang Xiaokang, the chairman of the board of China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group, (centre) with WADE representatives and other delegates

The report was produced with support from the US Department of State and the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (APP), a seven-nation partnership formed to accelerate the development and deployment of clean energy technologies. APP members include Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, Korea and the United States.

Several leaders and delegates in the field of clean energy from China and the US attended or participated in the meeting, including Wang Xiaokang, chairman of the board of China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group (formerly CECIC), Dr Bruce Hedman, vice president of ICF International, and Richard Sweetser, the president of Exergy Partners.

WADE’s executive director David Sweet presided over the meeting. ‘This report demonstrates how important the deployment of CHP and clean distributed energy can be for China. It shows the tremendous potential for reducing greenhouse gases while at the same time reducing delivered power costs. This can be a win-win for the environment and the economy in China,’ he said in a press release.

Ju Ning, WADE’s country manager for China, and Katherine Fierro, country manager for Peru, were also present.

The executive summary of the report can be found at www.localpower.org/WADE-APP-Summary.pdf


WADE, ECCT, FA forum meeting on the Market Development of Decentralized Energy Systems in Thailand

The ‘Enhancing Institutional Capacities for the Market Development of Decentralized Energy Systems in Thailand’ project drew to a close in June. The project – which is funded by the European Commission (EC) and implemented by the Energy Conservation Centre of Thailand (ECCT) in alliance with World Alliance for Decentralized Energy (WADE) and Full Advantage Co. Ltd (FA) – is aimed at promoting the benefits of decentralized energy and establishing a local setup of WADE in Thailand.

WADE, ECCT and Full Advantage Co. Ltd held the meeting on 22 June in Bangkok to discuss the project’s results. WADE’s executive director David Sweet attended, along with Sridhar Samudrala, WADE’s director for Asia, and the Thailand country manager Alan Dale Gonzales. Key stakeholders from government agencies – MoE, DEDE, EPPO, EGAT, PEA and MEA – as well as small to medium sized industries, and distinguished individuals also participated in the forum.

The project’s objectives include facilitating trade and investment flows between EU and Thailand in energy and the environment, through co-operation among trade associations and by enhancing capacities among key target groups within government agencies and authorities so they can formulate and implement policies and regulations to encourage investment in decentralized energy systems.


WADE attends Canadian American Business Council (CABC) conference

WADE participated in the CABC’s annual US policy conference titled ‘Whatever Happened to the North American Market? Implications for Canada/US Relations’ at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington DC on 10 June.

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Policymakers, thought leaders and academics from the US and Canada focused on obstacles to economic recovery and job growth in both countries. The speakers included Ray LaHood, the US Secretary of Transportation, US senator Jeanne Shaheen, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s president the Honorable Perrin Beatty, and John Melle, deputy assistant US Trade Representative. David Sweet from WADE also spoke at the conference.

The conference’s two panels suggested solutions to increase exports and improve competitive advantages for United States and Canada.

The CABC was established in 1987 in Washington DC as a non-profit, non-partisan, issues-oriented organization dedicated to elevating the private sector perspective on issues that affect the US and Canada.


Gas Engine and CHP Symposium sells out in Toronto

European Power Systems (EPS) and WADE Canada hosted a gas engine and CHP symposium and networking event on 16 July at the MARS Centre in Toronto, Ontario.

Attendance more than tripled expectations to total 124 industry professionals from Canada, the US and Europe.

‘This overwhelming response demonstrates the tremendous interest from customers, technology providers, project developers and engineering firms to develop CHP projects,’ says Jan Buijk, EPS president and WADE Canada chair.

‘High efficiency energy generation technologies combined with progressive business models can offer competitive returns for investors and customers while providing efficient solutions to our energy supply challenges. Innovative applications, such as CO2 fertilization in greenhouses using flexible CHP technologies, are changing the way we think about optimized energy generation.’

The three main themes to emerge from the symposium were: the need for more showcase projects; the importance of introducing a Clean Energy Standard Offer Programme in Ontario; and the increased role of energy efficiency through on-site energy generation.

‘CHP, solar thermal, waste to energy and controls in communications are important technologies that will increase Canada’s competitiveness in the clean energy industry,’ said WADE Canada’s president Anouk Kendall.

An online copy of the presentations at the symposium can be found at www.wadecanada.ca in the presentations library.


WADE backs Australia conference

WADE has participated in the Decentralized Energy Conference held in Australia on 24-25 June. The conference, which was supported by WADE, promoted wide-scale use of decentralized energy in the cost-effective modernization and development of electricity systems.

The event brought together leaders in the technological development and implementation of decentralized energy projects. Prominent speakers included David Sweet, WADE’s executive director as well as Terry Jones, the director of the Centre for Distributed Energy & Power, CenDEP (CSIRO), and Professor Tony Vassallo, who holds the Delta Electricity Chair in Sustainable Energy Development at the University of Sydney.


Yukon turbine powers First Nation village

New Energy Corporation (NEC) is making international headlines as its turbine starts to harness energy from the Yukon River in Alaska, US. The in-stream 25 kW turbine spins slowly, at a maximum speed of 22 rpm and is NEC’s latest installation.

The turbine is the first to be placed into commercial service by the Alaska Power & Telephone Company in the Yukon River, near the communities of Eagle and Eagle Village. Thanks to US$3.2 million in grant funding from the Denali Commission of Alaska, the First Nations town of Eagle Village will likely become the first in America to become powered solely by a hydrokinetic turbine energy source.

‘The progress achieved with our partners in Alaska is extremely gratifying for our company,’ said NEC CEO, Clayton Bear. ‘We have always adopted a slow and steady approach to our market development, working out any wrinkles before progressing to the next generation of systems. The organization is working towards the introduction of larger 125 and 250 kW models in the near future. We realize that our systems must both be cost effective and proven to be environmentally sound.’

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From left: David Sweet, Executive Director, WADE, Robert McLeod, Minister of Industry, Tourism & Investment for the Government of the Northwest Territories, Fred Conroy of Dresser-Rand Group Inc., Andrew Soto of American Gas Association, Katherine Fierro, Country Manager, WADE Peru at the Natural Gas Roundtable event held on 15 June in Washington, DC.

If expanded, the project could displace more than 215,000 litres of diesel currently used for energy generation each year for the 200 residents of Eagle and Eagle Village.

NEC is also engaged in a major project at Canoe Pass, BC, having an agreement with Fundy Tidal Co to supply initiatives in the Maritimes and will also be delivering two systems destined for India this summer.


Inaugural Clean Energy Ministerial meeting launches 11 initiatives

Ministers from 24 nations participated in the first Clean Energy Ministerial on 19-20 July in Washington, DC, which launched 11 initiatives to accelerate the global transition to clean energy.

These initiatives are aimed at removing the need to build more than 500 mid-sized power plants over the next 20 years, promoting the rapid deployment of electric vehicles, supporting the growing global market for renewable energy and carbon capture technologies, bringing solar lanterns or other improved energy services to more than 10 million people without access to grid electricity by 2015, and helping to encourage women to pursue careers in clean energy.

‘These steps will promote economic growth, create jobs and cut greenhouse gas emissions,’ said United States Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

The participating governments account for more than 80% of global energy consumption and a similar percentage of the market for clean energy technologies. The Clean Energy Ministerial was attended by representatives from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, the European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Norway, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the UAE, the UK and the US.

The initiatives build on the Technology Action Plans released by the Major Economies Forum Global Partnership in December 2009 and will help achieve global climate and energy policy goals. WADE’s David Sweet was present at the event.


Officer Changes at WADE Canada

WADE Canada has thanked James Sidlofsky – a partner at Bordner, Ladner Jervais LLP – for his dedication as chair over this past year.

WADE Canada also announced it will be chaired by Jan Buijk, European Power Systems’ president and CEO. Vice chair and interim treasurer will be Brent Harris, vice president of Sustainable Technologies. The secretary will be James Sidlofsky. WADE Canada congratulated John Muir, director of Canadian Energy Policy for GE Energy, on his appointment as chair of the Energy Council of Canada.

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