World Alliance for Decentralized Energy

WADE, the World Alliance for Decentralized Energy, is a non-profit research and promotional organization launched in June 2002 by a group of major companies and national industry associations to accelerate the development of decentralized energy (DE) systems worldwide. WADE defines DE as the production of electricity at the point of use, regardless of fuel, size or technology. Some examples of DE include:

  • high-efficiency cogeneration/CHP
  • on-site renewable energy systems
  • other on-site power systems and energy-recycling systems, including the use of waste gases, waste heat and pressure drops to generate electricity on-site.

WADE’s objectives and programmes

  • promote DE around the world by educating the public and private sector about the economic, environmental and reliability/security advantages of decentralized energy
  • support policies that advance DE and eliminate barriers to the deployment of efficient DE, thereby creating significant market opportunities for the industry
  • compile global DE market intelligence and data
  • implement international projects and programmes that accelerate DE development
  • establish a WADE presence and network in developed and developing nations around the world.

Examples of WADE activity

  • researching and documenting research on all aspects of DE, including policy, regulatory, economic and environmental aspects in key countries and regions
  • creating an international network of national DE and cogeneration organizations. Current WADE network members represent Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore and the US. We are continually working to extend this network
  • providing relevant DE data and analysis to international organizations, such as World Bank divisions, UN agencies and the International Energy Agency, which have substantial influence over national policy and regulatory development
  • providing a forum for DE vendors and trade associations to meet government officials and philanthropic organizations with common goals
  • producing for its members regular e-bulletins, e-mails and alerts of news and information from around the world on key relevant aspects affecting the market for DE.

WADE’s ‘Economic Model’ – quantifying the economic and environmental benefits of DE

This unique computer model compares, on the basis of capital cost, retail cost, emissions and fuel use, the respective performances of DE and central power in meeting future power demand growth requirements. The results from past model runs have been striking and are linked to a strong degree on the central power need for substantial T&D investment.

  • The model has been applied to Brazil, the Canadian province of Ontario, China, Ireland, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the UK, the US and the EU. The model has also been employed at the municipal level for the Canadian city of Calgary. If you want to find out more about the Model, or wish to apply it to your country or region, please contact WADE, or go to the WADE website for more information.

Become a member of WADE ࢀ¦

ࢀ¦ and receive a range of high-value member benefits. To find out about membership rates and joining WADE, go to:


In total, WADE’s direct and indirect membership support includes over 300 corporations around the world. Current direct WADE members include:

  • Capstone Turbine Corporation, USA
  • Caterpillar, USA
  • Centrax Gas Turbines, UK
  • Centre for Distributed Energy and Power, Australia
  • COGEN Europe, Belgium
  • COGEN India, India
  • COGEN Nederlands, The Netherlands
  • COGEN Portugal, Portugal
  • COGEN Rio, Brazil
  • COGEN SP, Brazil
  • Cogeneration Study Commission of the Chinese Society, China
  • Cummins Power Generation, USA
  • Enercon Engineering, USA
  • Energy Capital PTE Ltd, Singapore
  • FuelCell Energy, USA
  • Marubeni Power International, Japan
  • Mitcon, India
  • MTU CFC Solutions, Germany
  • NewERA, Canada
  • PT Kaltimex Energi, Indonesia
  • Peter Brotherhood Ltd, UK
  • Primary Energy, USA
  • Rolls-Royce Marine, Norway
  • Siemens, Germany
  • Solar Turbines, USA
  • Statoil, Norway
  • Tedom, Czech Republic
  • Thermax, India
  • Turbomeca, France
  • UK CHP Association, UK
  • US CHP Association, USA
  • Wärtsilä, Finland


  • Richard Brent, WADE Chairman, Director of Government Affairs, Solar Turbines, United States
  • Tom Casten, Past Chairman of WADE, President and CEO, Primary Energy, United States
  • David Fedor, Sales and Marketing, FuelCell Energy, United States
  • Stephen Fitzpatrick, Managing Director, Peter Brotherhood, United Kingdom
  • Yu Gang, Chairman, Cogeneration Study Committee, China
  • Tony Hynes, Vice President, Sales & Service, Capstone Turbines, United States
  • Simon Minett, Director, COGEN Europe, Belgium
  • Sunil Natu, Member Secretary, COGEN India, India
  • Larry Tangel, Vice President, Enercon, United States
  • Cristoph Vitzthum, Vice President, Sales and Marketing Wärtsilä, Finland

Contact us

If you want to find out how membership of WADE will help your organization, please contact:

David Sweet, Director, WADE, 15 Great Stuart Street, Edinburgh EH3 7TP, Scotland, UK
Tel: +44 131 625 3333 Fax: +44 131 625 3334 e-mail:

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