Annual General Meeting welcomes new directors

Two new directors have joined the board at WADE, following the Annual General Meeting in Novermber 2009.

Christoph Vitzthum chaired the WADE meeting held in Washington DC, US and WADE formally welcomed Fred Conroy of Dresser-Rand Group Inc. and Jim Crouse of Capstone Turbines Corporation.

Fred Conroy

Fred currently serves as vice president and general manager of the Government Business Unit, a strategic unit in Dresser-Rand’s organization. It includes product engineering, program management, sales, marketing, contract administration for new equipment and parts as well as three service centers. He has held positions in engineering, operations and sales. While assigned to the London office, he was vice president of the European Served Area, which included Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the countries of the Former Soviet Union. Mr Conroy earned his BSc in naval science from the United States Naval Academy and an MSc in systems management from the University of Southern California.

James Crouse

Jim is executive vice president of sales and marketing of Capstone Turbines Corporation. He joined Capstone in February 2007. Prior to Capstone, Jim worked for more than 20 years developing distributed generation projects for customers with Stewart & Stevenson, Crown Engineering & Construction and other companies. He also worked with the Gas Engine Group for Valley Power Systems as general manager and distributor for GE Jenbacher and president for Navitas Consulting. He has a wealth of experience with installations of gas and diesel engines. His clients and manufacturers have led him to North America, Europe, South America, China and Canada. He holds membership with the California Association of Building Energy Consultants and is also a licensed General Engineering Contractor ‘A’ in California.

China International Smart Grid Forum Connects with WADE

The China International Smart Grid Forum 2009 was held 3- 4 December 2009 in Beijing, China. The forum was chaired by David Sweet, executive director of WADE, and explored perspectives of smart grids and their components in the Chinese market, along with their current development and future outlook in China.

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David Sweet, executive director, WADE on the left with David Han of CDMC on the right at the Smart Grid Forum 2009

The event was organized by China Decision Makers Consultancy [CDMC] and endorsed by World Alliance for Decentralized Energy [WADE] along with others.

The forum was designed to be China’s most valuable ‘how to’ industry event for launching, implementing and operating smart grid projects and serving as a networking platform to promote the sound development of smart grids in China. A symposium on ‘The Roadmap for China Smart Grid: Standardization and Interoperability’ was also included as part of the timetable.

For information on WADE China, Ju Ning, WADE country manager, China can be contacted at:

WADE and COGEN Europe’s virtual COP-15 Side Event

A webinar on Decentralized Energy and Climate Change – a Solution for Denmark and the World was held as a side event to the COP-15 meetings taking place in Copenhagen.

The session was a joint effort between WADE and COGEN Europe and focused on Dutch and Danish successes in moving towards efficient energy.

Denmark and Netherlands are regarded as world leaders in decentralized energy and the speakers focused on how the world can learn from their successes in minimizing climate change, converting production processes and facilities from fossil fuel-based energy to diverse forms of energy.

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WADE joins up with key energy stakeholders in Nigeria

A workshop was held by WADE to demonstrate Nigeria’s economic model and engage with stakeholders in the country.

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WADE held a workshop to look at how decentralized energy could help Nigeria’s economic model

The workshop saw participation from government officials, international agencies, civil society, academia, media and the general public.

As a prelude to the workshop, documented research of the Christian Aid / ICEED / WADE report, ‘Clean Development Pathways’ in Nigeria was shared. The report clearly showed that renewable decentralized energy systems in Nigeria would be cheaper, cleaner and faster to develop than fixing existing or installing new conventional centralized energy systems.

Key outcomes of the workshop were:

1. Presentation of results of the WADE Economic Model Research for Nigeria

2. Sharing of experiences on decentralized energy development from other countries

3. Presentation of case studies of decentralized energy developments in Nigeria and Africa

4. Discussion on steps to achieve decentralized energy legislation for Nigeria

David Sweet, executive director of WADE and Professor Layi Fagbenle presented ‘More for Less: How Decentralized Energy (DE) can deliver cleaner, cheaper and more efficient energy in Nigeria’.

Some key points are:

1. Decentralized energy in Nigeria will lead to cheaper power, lower fuel use, reduced energy losses and lower levels of emissions compared to CG, because DE is installed at, or near, the point of use and avoids extensive transmission network investment.

2. The most effective way to reduce costs and emissions in Nigeria’s power sector is by demand side management.

3. Commitment and willing-ness to work together on the part of various stakeholders is the key to successfully deploying a decentralized energy system in Nigeria.

4. Nigeria needs to take necessary steps to create a competitive framework for decentralized energy.

Clean Development Path-ways in Nigeria report can be downloaded from the link:

WADE contributes to second massig meeting in germany

Enthusiastic discussions were held on information exchange and deployment of practical decentralized energy solutions at the second Advisory Committee [AdCo] Meeting of Market Access for Smaller Size Intelligent Electricity Generation (MASSIG) in November, 2009.

At the meeting held in Frankfurt participants included Jonas Katz (Dong Energy, Denmark), Marko Gospodjinacki (ZDMHE Slovenia), David Sweet (WADE, UK), Peter Ritter (EMD Germany), Peter Moray (EUTC, Belgium), Martin Barnsteiner (badenovaWärmePlus, Germany), Anders N. Andersen (EMD, Denmark), Thomas Erge, Christian Sauer (FhG ISE, Germany), Tomasz Siewierski (TU Lodz, Poland), Joseph Mutale (University Manchester, UK).

David Sweet, executive director of WADE took part in the meeting to identify opportunities for possible cooperation in information dissemination and collaboration through WADE modeling for calculating CO2 emissions.

The meeting saw key presentations from various individuals. Thomas Erge presented ‘Most promising marketing options for decentralized electricity generators’ focusing primarily on Denmark, Germany, Poland and UK. This was followed by a presentation from Joseph Mutale and Tomasz Siewierski on ‘Clustering decentralized electricity generators – chances and restrictions’ which dealt with clustering of RES/DG.

Peter Moray spoke about the present and future role of ICT solutions in smart grids through his presentation ‘ICT Solutions and developments in smart grids and the meeting also saw presentations on ‘Showcases and success stories’. These included the badenova showcase by Martin Barnsteiner and the GOS biogas CHP plant situated in Lodz, Poland by Anders Andersen. Christian Sauer also presented an innovative German approach for intelligent operation management of smaller CHP plants, the Lichtblick concept called SchwarmStrom.

The next AdCo meeting is expected to take place on 24 March 2010, during the MASSIG final project event as part of the European Union Sustainable Energy Week EUSEW2010, in Brussels, Belgium. Public results published so far are available at:

WADE participates in Power-Gen International 2009

Power-Gen International 2009 included a conference session on the role of off-site generation in smart grids, when it was held in December 2009.

Justin Rathke of Capstone Turbine Corporation chaired the session on ‘How Distributed Energy Technologies Will Integrate with Tomorrow’s ‘Smart Grid’.’ The smart grid concept has garnered a great deal of attention lately and this panel attracted a crowd of nearly one hundred attendees.

The session participants represented a diverse range of industry perspectives. Dr. Bruce Hedman, vice president of Energy Systems at ICF International, spoke about how combined heat and power systems play an invaluable role in the smart grid by balancing the intermittency of renewable energy sources. Bill Strohecker, vice president of power sales for ABB, talked about opportunities in the context of utility-driven smart grid and provided a realistic assessment of how much time is needed to reach various stages of deployment.

Thomas Basso, principal investigator for interconnection engineering and standards at NREL, addressed the role of standards in smart grid interoperability and explained the work of the IEEE P2030 Working Group that is developing these standards. Microsoft and Alstom have a unique partnership to deliver the next generation of high-performance information technology IT solutions for the power industry and both companies were represented on the panel. Ray King, Solutions Development Manager for Utilities Industry at Microsoft, gave insight into the IT products that will enable distributed generation to integrate into the smart grid. Laurent Demortier, executive vice president of Alstom’s Energy Management business introduced his company’s new Alspa Series 6, which fosters interoperability between all energy players, integrating power plant Distributed Control System (DCS) and automation technology to the smart grid from power generation to demand entities. The audience had dozens of questions for the panel, underscoring the curiosity and interest surrounding the smart grid concept and its real world implications.

Enhancing market development of decentralized energy systems in Thailand

The Energy Conservation Center of Thailand (ECCT), WADE and Full Advantage Co., Ltd, Thailand organized a meeting funded by the European Commission (EC) to further the Thailand-EC Cooperation Facility. The meeting , which took place December 2 2009, discussed the cooperation between the EC and Thailand to develop a ‘Decentralized Energy Masterplan and Roadmap.’

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More that 35 executives for the Thailand government, Provincial Electricity Authority, and EGAT, as well as private sector companies participated in providing valuable input into designing the roadmap and master plan for decentralized energy in Thailand.

Through these discussions, the EC promotes more efficient energy generations and profitable energy practices that mitigate the environmental impacts of energy production, and increases decentralized energy access within Thailand.

For more information contact Sridhar Samudrala at:

Chatham-Kent Project development sessions with WADE Canada

WADE Canada has hosted its first two project development sessions for the Municipality of Chatham-Kent in Ontario as part of its membership service.

Eight technology companies have come to the table to work with the municipality and the utility. Chatham-Kent is also working with investors, manufacturing businesses and project developers to position itself as one of Canada most progressive leaders in the clean energy economy.

Chatham-Kent has attracted over a third of its $3 billion investment target with projects in wind power, ethanol production, biodiesel demonstration and industrial cogeneration. Additional projects being considered are hydrokinetic power systems in First Nations communities, solar and wind systems on brownfield sites, geoexchange systems and waste-to-energy from sources including landfills, high nutrient sludge, post-consumer products and municipal waste.

Collaboration with the University of Guelph is supporting the increased demand for training and education and has included the development of the new Centre for Agricultural Renewable Energy and Sustainability (CARES) at the Ridgetown Campus.

For more information on Chatham-Kent visit the community portal at:

A smarter grid for Singapore

WADE Asia chaired a conference on smart grids in Singapore November 18– 20, 2009 organized by IBC Asia. The conference had representatives from ten countries and more than 180 participants.

The executives discussed various methods for integrating new technology in the existing grid to make it more efficient. Some specific topics of discussion were:

  • Integrating DG into the existing grid
  • Establishing international collaboration and standards to avoid stranded investments
  • Integrating storage, demand response and electric vehicles.

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