WADE Executive Director David Sweet hosted two recent meetings of the Natural Gas Roundtable in Washington, DC, featuring FERC Commissioner John Norris and former head of the Department of Homeland Security, the Honourable Tom Ridge. For more information about the Natural Gas Roundtable, a non-profit group formed to advance the dialogue on issues regarding natural gas and energy policy, please contact David Sweet at dsweet@localpower.org


Natural Gas Roundtable

David Sweet, (left) with FERC Commissioner, the Honourable John R. Norris at the Natural Gas Roundtable held on 2 June in Washington, DC
David Sweet, Jessica Sweet and former DHS Secretary the Honourable Tom Ridge at the July Natural Gas Roundtable Meeting

Regulatory Alert – FERC Order 1000

On 21 July, the United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a landmark policy order that has the potential to create opportunities for grid-scale renewable projects as well as smaller scale distributed generation, energy efficiency investments and other ‘non-wires’ alternatives to the construction of new transmission facilities.

Order No. 1000 will accomplish these goals through significant changes in the way that interstate electric transmission companies plan to meet their system needs and in the manner that they allocate costs to their customers.

According to the Commission, its existing regulations are ‘inadequate to ensure that public utility transmission providers in each transmission planning region, in consultation with stakeholders, identify and evaluate transmission alternatives at the regional level that may resolve the region’s needs more efficiently or cost-effectively…’

Order No. 1000 requires each ‘public utility transmission provider’ to work within its transmission planning region to create a regional transmission plan that identifies transmission facilities needed to meet reliability, economic, and public policy requirements. Furthermore, each plan must ‘include fair consideration of lines proposed by non-incumbents…’

The 620-page order can be found at the following address: www.localpower.org/E-6.pdf

Order No. 1000 will lead to a flurry of industry activity to implement its requirements. Every transmission utility will need to participate in a regional transmission planning process and submit a filing to show how it is in compliance with the requirements of the Order within one year of the effective date, with interregional compliance filings due within 18 months.

As result of Order No. 1000, utilities, independent generators, suppliers and developers of renewable technologies, merchant transmission providers, and end-users have something at stake. In addition, natural gas suppliers and generators and storage projects that can provide alternatives to transmission or support integration of intermittent renewables also have significant interests in the new regulations.

However, while the generic rule is a positive step forward, the real test will be implementation of the new rules on a system by system basis. Therefore, it is imperative that all alternatives to transmission are considered in these proceedings and that the cost allocation process does not discriminate against non-incumbent transmission providers.

WADE would like to co-ordinate coalitions that will effectively participate in the proceedings spawned by Order No. 1000 to make sure that the rates, terms and conditions of service fully take into account the many system benefits of decentralized energy.

If you have an interest in assisting with these efforts or would like to learn more please contact David Sweet at dsweet@localpower.org or at +1 (202) 667 5600.


National Energy Strategy hits Energy Ministers’ Agenda: Three District energy Game Changers

A national energy strategy was high on the agenda at a meeting of federal and provincial energy ministers in Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada on 16–19 July.

WADE Canada President, Anouk Kendall, outlined three components of a successful national energy strategy fuelled by decentralized energy.

The primary goal of a national energy strategy should be to increase the efficiency of our national energy production and consumption activities, because increased efficiency means:

  •  more energy output from our resources;
  •  longer lasting resource supplies;
  •  reduced emissions;
  •  reduced healthcare costs.

Five mechanisms for achieving this are:

  1. high performance buildings in sustainably built communities;
  2. generation of energy closer to the end user;
  3. usage of a portfolio of locally available resources to generate energy;
  4. valuing of waste streams as a revenue generating energy fuel (e.g. waste heat, sewage, MSW, agricultural/forestry/industrial waste stream etc.);
  5. strengthening of national energy through integration.

This strategy must consider the domestic value of improving our energy supply and delivery systems as well as protecting the international competitive advantage that we have worked so hard to establish.

Three key components for a successful strategy in Canada, presented by WADE Canada President Anouk Kendall, are:

  • affordable energy;
  • energy solutions for rural and remote communities;
  • optimized industry integration.

The Canadian chapter of the World Alliance for Decentralized Energy (WADE Canada) is pleased to announce that the Canadian Oilsands Network for Research and Development (CONRAD) is now an Affiliate Member.

A memorandum of understanding was signed in June, to encourage co-operative programmes in the field of cleaner hydrocarbon technology.

A shared vision is key to Canada’s long-term future as an energy powerhouse,’ says Jan Buijk, Chair of WADE Canada. ‘Increased efficiency of our national energy production and consumption activities is paramount. WADE Canada will work with CONRAD in pursuing its mandate to further oil sands R&D to ensure an economically and environmentally sustainable future for the industry.’


WADE Presents at 6th Asia Clean Energy Forum 2011

Policymakers, private sector firms, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) across Asia gathered in Manila, the Philippines, on 20–24 June for the 6th Asia Clean Energy Forum, ‘New Business Models and Policy Drivers: Building the Low-Carbon Future.’ Diverse groups of experts participated, including stakeholders from governments, national and multinational banks, carbon and clean energy investment funds, project developers and service providers, environmental regulators, academia, civil society, and development partners and other international organizations.

Sridhar Samudrala, Director, Asia, WADE and Alan Dale Gonzales, Country Manager, Thailand for WADE attended the forum and discussed multiple distributed energy activities. In particular, Mr Samudrala was invited to present on biogas utilization for small scale-farms in India. He discussed generating methane from manure to run a Capstone C30 microturbine. Citing the example of the Mukund Dairy farm, Mr Samudrala also discussed the process of utilizing the heat from the microturbine to generate hot water for pasteurization, displacing diesel and wood as fuels. Using methane also displaced large amounts of carbon dioxide and methane from the atmosphere.

During the forum distinguished experts shared valuable insights on clean energy policy and regulation, financing and investment, innovative business models, and energy access. The event was jointly organized by ADB, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and World Resources Institute (WRI).


WADE Canada and CONRAD Affiliate Agreement:

Taking place on 3–5 October in Washington, DC, the North America Gas Summit is the only event to bring together the commercial worlds of gas supply and demand.

The entire value chain will meet to discuss the future of natural gas in the energy mix, to define solutions and to assess the impact of regulations, policies and climate change directives on business operations.

WADE is delighted to be supporting the summit and David Sweet will be sharing his expert opinions with the summit delegation.

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to meet, network and initiate deals with key industry players.

WADE members are entitled to a special 15% discount when booking with the promotional code QUOTE WD1.

For more information visit: www.natgasamerica.com or email: f.chapman@theneregyexchange.co.uk


Washington Energy Summit 2011: Powering Cities of the Future

WADE is supporting this year’s Washington Energy Summit, which will be held on 27–28 September in Washington, DC, in the US.

The Washington Energy Summit is an annual conference created to examine the intersection between energy policies, resources and technologies from a global perspective.

It focuses on the need to accommodate both fossil and renewable fuels, balancing support for vital traditional fuels with encouragement of promising alternatives.

Confirmed speakers for 2011 summit include Commissioner Marc Spitzer, US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC); Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, chairman of the Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, House Armed Services Committee; Jonathan Silver, Executive Director, Loan Programs Office, US Department of Energy.

This high-level summit of global policymakers, experts and energy industry executives will debate these timely issues and provide attendees with a better understanding of the energy challenges, risks and opportunities that lie ahead for the world’s communities – from small villages to modern megacities.

POWERING CITIES OF THE FUTURE

Sustainable Energy Solutions for the World’s Varied Communities
27–28 September 2011
Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC

For more information visit: www.washingtonenergysummit.com


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