WADE MED meets in Italy

COGENA and the WADE Mediterranean Chapter held the ‘Mediterranean Energy Networks’ conference in Napoli, Italy on 7 October 2009.

The event was part of COGENA’s project called COGENA-in-Tour aimed at promoting decentralized energy and, in particular, high efficiency cogeneration to qualified consulting engineering firms, end-users and institutions located in the major Italian cities.

Mr. Massimiliano Santini, WADE Mediterranean Director was among the speakers and spoke about the group’s activities, in particular the organization of the next event in Tunis, 2010.

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From left: Mr Sergio Dotti, president of COGENA, the Italian Cogeneration Association; Massimiliano Santini, director of WADE Mediterranean; Mr.Giovanni Felice Di Prisco, president of the Permanent Mediterranean Observatory

The Tunis meeting will be used as a meeting-point between enterprises coming from all over the Mediterranean, seeking to capture growing opportunities for decentralized energy in the region.

The conference was organized in cooperation with a leading Italian financial newspaper Il Sole 24ore with the institutional sponsorship of the prime minister’s office, the Ministry of Economical Development, the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Agriculture and the financial sponsorship of leading Italian cogeneration companies.

For further information please contact Mr. Santini at: msantini@localpower.org.


Med region clean tech directory to be launched

WADE Med is preparing a Mediterranean clean energy business directory.

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WADE Med conference in session

With a special focus on small and medium sized enterprises (SME), the directory will be the first of its kind for the Mediterranean region. It will be used to support the development of Mediterranean region domestic and export markets for clean energy and ‘Clean Tech’.

Companies interested in being listed in the Directory can access the online form to register for free through the following link: www.localpower.org/med_survey/.

For further information please contact Massimiliano Santini from WADE Med at msantini@localpower.org.


WADE chairs DE sessions at Power-Gen Asia

Conference Focuses on the Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution and the Renewable Energy Industry

Bangkok, Thailand – PowerGen Asia was held in Bangkok Thailand from 7-8 October 2009.

The World Alliance for Decentralized Energy assisted in the program by chairing several sessions relevant to decentralized energy. Mr Sridhar Samudrala, director Asia and Mr Alan Dale Gonzales, Thailand country manager, participated extensively by chairing some of the most attended sessions.

Mr Samudrala chaired the distributed generation session. In the sessions, Titti Saksornchai, engineer, provincial electricity authority, Thailand discussed the various methods of planning for appropriate DG penetration with protection coordination consideration within EGAT. Mr Sithiwoot Tongsrichantra, managing director, Proactive Energy Co. Ltd, Thailand demonstrated the protection coordination problems and solution for biomass cogeneration system connecting to PEA transmission network. Mr Frederic Delaval, senior product manager, GE Energy – Europe, France, articulated the successful decentralized power applications in Asia. Ms Wantana Somcharoenwattana, dusiness development manager, Wartsila, Singapore, showed the potential for decentralized generation in Thailand: CHP in hospitals.

The executives discussed the methods for:

  • load and demand forecasting
  • prioritizing generation demand
  • capacity acquisition strategies
  • energy trading and contracting strategies

 WADE Canada calls for public hearings on Alberta Bill 50

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ENMAX vice president government and media relations, Ian Todd (left), ENMAX President and CEO, Gary Holden (center) and Renewable Energy Solutions Inc. Founder and president, Ken Hogg (right) at the WADE Canada news conference

WADE Canada has voiced its concerns regarding Bill 50, the Electric Statutes Amendment Act, 2009.

If adopted, Bill 50 will allow the Stelmach government to fast track approximately $15 billion of upgrades to Alberta’s transmission infrastructure including the construction of new transmission lines. Some industry experts expect this price tag to be up to $20 billion. Bill 50 would give the province authority to do this without a public hearing process held by the regulator. Albertans would be silenced even if it means they will foot the bill.

The role of our regulator is, ‘To protect social, economic and environmental interests of Alberta where competitive market forces do not,’ says Geraldine Byrne, vice-president of WADE Canada. ‘We are asking the government to change its course and hold transparent public hearings to hear what Albertans have to say’, says Byrne.

WADE Canada president, Anouk Kendall, hopes that the government will allow Alberta stakeholders to explore alternatives to the expenditures outlined in Bill 50 to ensure that we are investing wisely. ‘The alternative is found in a balanced and long term transmission plan which factors in improved generation efficiencies, reduced peak demand and advancements in grid management’ says Kendall. ‘We need to sit down with stakeholders and understand our options and their respective price tags.’

WADE Canada will be hosting a round table discussion with energy experts in Alberta to address the following two questions:

What are the benefits of decentralized energy for the Province of Alberta? Acknowledging these benefits, how does decentralized energy impact the need for transmission upgrades?

Advancing Canada’s competitive advantage

WADE Canada communications officer, Patricia Faucher, attended a workshop on Energy and the Environment, as part of advancing Canada’s competitive advantage scheme, given by HEC Montreal on 1 October 2009.

Several experts presented three different workshops, which dealt with the current state of environmental management to future challenges and opportunities. The energy and environment was a section of the national forum’s discussions, which brought together academics and industry professionals.


WADE Canada releases three year business plan

WADE Canada released its three year business plan on 19 October 2009, and is now working with members and affiliates to implement the following strategies outlined in the plan:

  • enabling innovation strategy
  • annual SME sector review
  • research, development and demonstration program (RDDP)
  • national needs assessment for policy reform
  • pilot regional needs assessments for decentralized energy training and education programs
  • job placement program
  • DE internship program

For more information on WADE Canada contact Anouk Kendall: akendall@wadecanada.ca.


WADE Canada new member Lakeland College: 

Renewable energy applied research at Lakeland College

Over the past five years, Lakeland College has been building applied research momentum in renewable energy, conservation, reclamation, and agriculture. Lakeland’s ‘Renewable Energy Cabin’, a new off-grid building at the Vermilion campus, is a demonstration facility for various renewable energy technologies. Lakeland will be submitting a proposal to the NSERC College and Community Innovation Program on 23 November for $2.3 million in federal research funding over five years. The college is currently looking for industry partners to join in and support their program of research. The college hopes to raise an additional $50,000 cash and $120,000 in kind per year for the project.

The College is in its second year of delivering the ‘Renewable Energy and Conservation’ program that aims to train the next generation of leaders in renewable energy and energy conservation. Their ‘geo energy exchange – installation’ course is approved by the Canadian GeoExchange Coalition as a pre-certification course. Lakeland plans to develop its solar courses to align with Canadian Solar Industry Association and North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners standards. Lakeland’s applied research efforts focus on the integration and adaptation of various technologies to develop a hybrid systems approach at the homeowner level to visualize and maximize energy generation efficiency.

For more detailed information, please visit https://wadecanada.ca/doc_index/Lakeland_RER_opportunity_16Oct09.pdf



WADE holds a side event at Power-Gen Asia

The Energy Conservation Center of Thailand (ECCT), WADE, and Full Advantage Co., Ltd (FA), organized a meeting on 7 October 2009, funded by the European Commission (EC) to further Thailand-EC cooperation.

The meeting discussed the cooperation between the EC and Thailand to develop a decentralized master plan and roadmap. More than 45 executives for the Thailand government, provincial electricity authority, EGAT, and private sector companies participated in providing valuable input into designing the roadmap and master plan for DE in Thailand.

Through these discussions, the EC promotes more efficient energy generation and profitable energy practices which mitigates the environmental impacts of energy production, and increases decentralized energy access within Thailand.

The Thailand-EC cooperation facility was set up to raise their profile in each other’s regions, preferably through joint initiatives. The programme promotes and facilitates interactions in the areas of: trade and investment intergration into the world economy, higher education science and technology and energy and environment via mutual interactions of trade and environment. The types of actions which can be funded include conferences and seminars .

For more information contact Sridhar Samudrala at ssamudrala@localpower.org or Alan Dale Gonzalas at adale@localpower.org.



WADE Canada in policy sessions on the UNFCCC negotiations:

Considerations in the lead up to COP 15

WADE Canada’s vice president, Geraldine Byrne, attended the Calgary accord signing and participated in discussions with the representatives from other energy producing cities. Byrne also attended the Expert Dialogue in Calgary on September 21, which examined the issue of financing for mitigation and adaptation in developing countries in a post-2012 climate change agreement. The event was hosted by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). Several experts presented the topic, including Michael Martin, Canada’s Chief Negotiator and Ambassador for Climate Change.

World Energy Cities Partnership Signing of the Calgary Climate Change Accord

The World Energy Cities Partnership, consortia of 15 energy producing cities, gathered in Calgary 5-9 October to discuss climate change action plans and explore strategies for reducing our carbon footprint. The mayors of nine of these international energy cities signed this landmark accord which commits to bold greenhouse gas reduction targets for their municipal operations and wider communities. It is also a call for action and call for action and leadership on climate change. The city of Calgary’s community energy initiative has developed partnerships with the cities of Aberdeen (Scotland), Perth (Australia) and Stavanger (Norway). This partnership will cooperate on mutual efforts which serve to achieve a low carbon future.



WADE attends 24th World Gas Conference

Role of natural gas industry highlighted

The 24th World Gas Conference, held in Buenos Aires 5 – 9 October 2009 , brought together delegates from over 70 countries represented by the International Gas Union.

The Conference was the culmination of the work of 500 industry experts who were involved in contributing to the studies and programmes undertaken under the Argentine presidency during 2006-2009.

WADE’s Executive Director, David Sweet, co-chaired the IGU study focused on regulation of the natural gas industry. The 24th WGC discussions provided valuable feedback to the key stakeholders of the global energy and gas industries, and contributed to the development of a healthy investment and business climate, with high-quality dialogue between governmental and corporate players and inclose cooperation with all relevant international energy organizations.

The event was hosted by Ernesto López Anadón, President of the International Gas Union, and was opened by the President of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

The event also included an exhibition to accompany the conference. Sponsors for the event included Total, Metrogas and Gasnor.