World Alliance for Decentralized Energy

WADE welcomes David Sweet as new Executive Director

David Sweet
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David Sweet becomes WADE’s new full-time Executive Director as of 1 August 2006. He replaces Michael Brown who has served as WADE’s half-time Director since 2002, and who will now devote all his time to his work with Delta Energy & Environment.

Prior to joining WADE, David served as director of special projects for the United States Energy Association, the US arm of the World Energy Council. He has over 25 years of broad energy policy, commercial and technical experience, including service as Executive Director of the International LNG Alliance, Vice President of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, an attorney in private practice, and as an expert witness and analyst on the staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

David’s background also includes volunteer service with the World Energy Council Committee on Cleaner Fossil Fuel Systems, with the Board of Advisors of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security, as a member of the North American Energy Standards Board, as a vice chairman of the American Bar Association Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law and its gas committee, as the US representative to the International Gas Union on LNG, and as president of the Natural Gas Roundtable.

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; it consists of three main categories:

  • 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 five key objectives and programmes

  • to bring about effective power sector reform which eliminates barriers to efficiency and creates real market opportunity for DE
  • to compile global data on all aspects of DE development
  • to demonstrate the economic advantages of DE
  • to develop effective international projects and programmes that accelerate DE deployment
  • to support the establishment of DE groups in every country.

WADE’s achievements

WADE was established in 2002. Since then it has played a direct and indirect roles in pro-DE policy development in several countries, resulting in:

  • increased DE market development around the world
  • development of innovative research and analysis on policy and economic aspects of DE
  • development of pioneering analysis of worldwide DE market growth
  • direct role in the development and growth of several national DE and cogeneration organizations.

Examples of WADE activity

WADE is an international organization. Its members and staff are a unique resource of international knowledge and experience that is being harnessed to bring about efficient modernization of the electricity sector. It does this in the following ways:

  • 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 its members with regular e-bulletins, e-mail and alerts of news and information from around the world on key relevant aspects affecting the market for DE.

Quantifying the economic benefits of DE – WADE’s ‘Economic Model’

This unique 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, Thailand, the UK, the US, and the EU. 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.

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


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
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

What’s new And coming up?

  • WADE welcomes its new Executive Director, David Sweet, who took over from Michael Brown as of 1 August 2006 (see box on facing page). Michael, who has served as WADE’s half-time Director since 2002, is moving full-time to Delta Energy & Environment.
  • WADE co-hosted the 2nd International Conference and Exhibition on Decentralized Energy during 16-17 May 2006 in Beijing, China. For details visit:
  • ‘WADE China’ was officially launched. The inaugural members include: Huadian, Wärtsilä, Solar Turbines, Thermax, Cummins, Peter Brotherhood, Capstone, Kaltimex. The work plan is currently being drafted and will build a series of new initiatives designed to secure better market conditions for DE and greater government and industry awareness of its cost and environmental benefits. WADE China’s first Chairman is Fred Yang, General Manager Asia-Pacific, Cummins Power Generation.
  • The WADE India Group has held a second meeting. The group’s governing documents are currently being drawn up and a launch of the organization is scheduled for later in 2006.
  • WADE presented at the ICCI 2006 Conference in Istanbul, Turkey, with a talk entitled ‘Cogeneration in the UK’.
  • The 7th Annual International conference on CHP and DE (‘DECX World 2007’) will be held on 30-31 October 2006 in Prague, the Czech Republic. For more information, go to:
  • WADE is co-organizing Canada’s 5th Annual Decentralized Energy Conference in Toronto, Canada, on 6-8 September 2006. To register and view conference details visit: activities/2006/conference/
  • WADE is also co-organizing the first major international event focusing on CHP in the sugar industry. The event will be held on 28-29 November 2006 in Bangkok, Thailand. For more information, visit:
  • The WADE DE Economic Model continues to extend its use around the world. Recent confirmed applications for the model are: Australia (undertaken by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization); Canada (the city of Calgary and the province of Ontario), Germany; Portugal (undertaken by COGEN Portugal) and Sri Lanka (undertaken for the European Commission).
  • WADE has published a report requested by the Chinese government’s National Development and Reform Commission to support it in its policy development for DE. Go to for more information.
  • WADE has published the annual World Survey of Decentralized Energy for 2006. The 4th annual survey employs updated methodology and is available for free download from the WADE website.
  • WADE is finalizing the work on its next two reports: on CHP in the cement industry, and on CHP as it relates to the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism. These will be published in August 2006.

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