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The World Alliance for Decentralized Energy (WADE) was established in 1997 as a non-profit research and promotion organization whose mission is to accelerate the worldwide development of high efficiency cogeneration (CHP) and decentralized renewable energy systems that deliver substantial economic and environmental benefits.

Turkish power sector project launched

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Modelling exercise will explore DE benefits using WADE model

Ankara, Turkey • WADE recently attended the initial planning meetings organized to launch the project called Applying the WADE model in Turkey.


Yunus Arikan welcomes WADE to the Regional Environmental Centre of Turkey
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The aim of the project is to demonstrate to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy the economic and environmental benefits of decentralized energy/renewable energy (DE/RE) and the use of economic modelling in policy development. WADE met with the project partners, including the lead agency, the Regional Environmental Centre of Turkey and representatives from the Turkish Ministry of Energy.

The dual aim of the project is to build modelling capacity in the region and explore the possible benefits of a shift to decentralized energy.

Side event at Bali conference highlights security benefits of decentralized energy

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WADE organizes high profile event on energy and climate security

Nusa Dua, Indonesia • At the recent United Nations International Climate Change Negotiations held in Bali,WADE organized a side event to discuss energy and climate security in the context of decentralized energy.


Panelists (from left) Stefan Schurig, Rob Bradley, Jeff Bell, Bert Metz
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Delegates from around the world attended the event, sponsored by P.T. Kaltimex Energi of Indonesia. The event, entitled Decentralized Energy, Climate Change and Energy Security was held on December 8 at the official UNFCCC venue.

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Jeff Bell, Program Director, WADE chaired the event and shared the platform with three other distinguished panelists.

WADE used the occasion to unveil its most recent report entitled Security via Decentralized Energy (pictured right).The panel consisted of:

  • Overview and Context Jeff Bell, Program Director, WADE (Canada)
  • Private Sector Perspective K.K. Ralhan, President Director Kaltimex ltd. (Indonesia) (Replacement Rob Bradley, Director Climate Policy, World Resources Institute (USA)
  • Government Perspective Stefan Schurig, Climate/Energy Director,World Future Council (Germany)
  • IPCC Perspective Bert Metz, Co-chair, IPCC Working Group III (the Netherlands)

Paper presented by WADE at World Energy Congress

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World energy leaders briefed on DE benefits

Rome, Italy • At the 20th World Energy Congress, recently held in Rome, WADE presented a paper entitled Local Power – Global Connections: Linking the World to a Sustainable Future Through Decentralized Energy Technology.

Thousands of energy leaders and professionals from around the world attended the event.

WADE chairs DE panel at foremost Dutch energy conference

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Decentralized energy main theme of larger energy event

Groningen, the Netherlands • Upon the invitation of the organizers,WADE was recently on hand in the Dutch city of Groningen to chair a panel session on decentralized energy as well as give an international perspective on decentralized energy to the conference attendees. Some 750 delegates attended the event.


GasTerra’s Micro CHP technology on display at Delta Energy Convention
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WADE represents members at Western Canadian Power Sector Conference

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Microgeneration discussed by utility representatives

Calgary, Canada • WADE was recently on hand at the Alberta Power Summit in Calgary. The event featured speakers from Canada’s leading utilities, and microgeneration featured prominently in the discussions.

8th Annual WADE Meeting held in New Orleans

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New Orleans meeting features former CIA Director James Woolsey

New Orleans, USA • On December 10 2007, in conjunction with Power-Gen International held in New Orleans (which attracted 17,000 delegates from around the world),WADE held its 8th Annual World CHP and Decentralized Energy Conference.

The meeting featured James Woolsey, former CIA Director, as the keynote speaker. He spoke of the importance of decentralized energy and the role it plays in domestic and international matters.

He also indicated that we need to find an alternative to carbon-based fuels and improve efficiency via technologies such as decentralized energy.

WADE maintains involvement in climate change negotiations

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WADE once again exhibits at Annual United Nations Climate Change Conference

Nusa Dua, Indonesia • WADE once again maintained its presence at the annual climate change negotiations in order to highlight the potential role of decentralized energy for helping nations mitigate and adapt to the negative affects of climate change.


Venue for the 13th United Nations Climate Change Negotiations Conference
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Since the launch of the UNFCCC negotiation process, WADE has been present at 11 of the 13 sessions. In Bali, WADE hosted an exhibition booth immediately adjacent to the main plenary chamber which garnered considerable interest from delegates representing negotiating parties and non government parties alike.

WADE also took advantage of the gathering to meet with various past and current partner organizations and organized an official side event.

The negotiations culminated in the Bali Action Plan. All of the key points will have important ramifications for DE markets including the call for an increased emphasis on adaptation to climate change, a call for accelerated technology transfer and a plea for improved financing mechanisms aimed at mitigation and adaptation.

More specific clauses, which could be a boon to DE markets, include the call for a sector-based approach, a call for economic diversification and to consider ‘ways to accelerate deployment, diffusion and transfer of affordable, environmentally sound technologies’.

Decentralized energy plays significant role in California’s Napa Valley

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Wade staff meet DE pioneers in Californian wine industry

Napa Valley, USA • WADE Regional Director Sridhar Samudrala met with several California wine makers who utilize decentralized energy to produce their wine.


Chuck McMinn shows off his Capstone Microturbine which provides clean power and thermal energy for the winery
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Chuck McMinn, owner of the prestigious Vineyard 29, provided a tour of his facility featuring Capstone microturbines that supply power, heating and cooling for all operations.

McMinn indicated that his decision to install these units was based on a need to lower power costs, increase power reliability, reduce environmental impact and, most importantly, provide for better control over the winemaking process.

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WADE was also given a tour of nearby Grgich Hills Vineyard that has invested in solar power to supplement the energy needs of its wine-making facility. On sunny days the winery exports power to the grid and on cloudy days they draw power using a credit system. The solar panels are estimated to save Grgich Hills about $70,000/yr.

WADE hosts DE panel at PowerGen International

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WADE raises profile of DE at biggest power conference in the US

New Orleans, USA • PowerGen International, USA’s premier power generation conference was held at New Orleans between December 11 and 13, 2007.

The conference was attended by over 17,000 delegates from all over the world. Top industry leaders were among those who attended. Over 1000 companies exhibited their latest technologies and products in the conference.

The conference and exhibition provided a platform for international executives to make valuable connections, and discuss important issues and trends impacting the industry.

WADE’s David Sweet and Richard Brent chaired several sessions related to distributed generation and on-site power, interconnection, combined heat and power, project development/siting, diesel and natural gas gensets and uninterruptible power supplies at the event.


From left: Richard Brent, Nat Treadway, Ben Toby, Lynn Rog and Donald Fisher
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One such panel was entitled Global Opportunities and Trends in On-Site Power, Decentralized Energy and CHP. The panel consisted of:

  • Keeping cool: using energy saving on-site power cogeneration for assured power and cooling in data centers and supermarkets – Lynn Rog, UTC Power
  • Global opportunity and trends – Richard Brent,WADE
  • Global opportunity and trends – Nat Treadway, Distributed Energy Financial Group, LLC
  • Increasing gas generator set efficiencies: greenhouse & community applications – Donald Fisher, Cummins Power Generation Energy Solutions
  • Global opportunity and trends – Chris Lyons, Solar Turbines

WADE welcomes new chairman, board member

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New leadership for WADE

New Orleans, USA • In conjunction with the 8th Annual meeting, WADE held its annual board meeting.


Incoming WADE Chair Cristoph Vitzthum (left) presents outgoing Chair Richard Brent with a plaque of recognition
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The meeting witnessed two changes to the WADE Board of Directors. Christoph Vitzthum (Vice President, Power Plants, Wärtsilä) took over the position of WADE Chairman, thanking outgoing Chairman, Richard Brent for his leadership throughout the duration of his service.

WADE also welcomed Ben Toby (Vice President, Global Business Development FuelCell Energy Inc.) to the WADE Board.

Calling WADE Members

In search of WADE research projects and proposals

WADE has a long history of helping public and private sector institutions around the world to understand and realize decentralized energy (DE) benefits and opportunities through its tradition of thorough and comprehensive research.

In addition to it’s regular publications, reports and market studies, WADE has participated in successful projects, conferences and educational campaigns, working with a range of governments, national and international organizations. WADE’s contribution to these projects includes: WADE Economic Model – computer modelling of the economic and environmental impacts of DE in a specified area; DE Potential Analysis – assessment of the potential for developing DE in a specified area; DE Policy Best Practice Review – international overview of policy mechanisms for DE; DE Technology Status Review – overview of the performance and market-readiness of DE technologies; DE Project Best Practice Case Studies – overview of successful DE case study projects worldwide relevant to a specified area; Education and Outreach Programmes focusing on DE, environment and economic efficiency.

Are you aware of any opportunities where WADE can bring its expertise to bear? Please let us know how we can help your company or organization.

WADE requests your case studies

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WADE is seeking to build a collection of successful DE projects from around the world and invites WADE members and non-members alike to submit projects featuring DE applications economically reducing emissions, increasing reliability and providing other benefits. Please send pdf documents and other compiled case study information to jeff.bell@localpower.org.