Macao, China: The Power Generation APAC Summit 2012 offered a unique format for sponsors to gain access to power generation and asset management executives from the APAC region’s leading electric utilities companies. Over three days, sponsors and delegates met and interacted with senior executives through a number of one-to-one business meetings and many networking activities. In addition, participants attended strategic summit sessions led by prominent decision makers in the APAC electricity generation industry.

Dr Hisham Katib (left) from the World Energy Council with David Sweet (right), Executive Director, WADE, at the Summit

David Sweet, Executive Director, WADE, participated in the event as a keynote speaker. Strategists, thought leaders and trend setters delivered visionary keynote presentations, real-life case studies at the forum.

WADE at POWER-GEN International

Orlando, USA: On 11-13 December 2012 the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando saw over 200,000 industry professionals from across the globe come together for POWER-GEN International, where innovative and cost-effective solutions for maintaining, operating and building new power generation were discussed.

WADE was part of this major event, which offered a wealth of networking opportunities with leading professionals and key decision makers. More than 200 speakers shared their thoughts on trends, technology and project development in 36 conference sessions and four mega-sessions. A wide range of topics, from emissions control to gas turbine design, were discussed by high-ranking regulators, developers, power producers and industry representatives.

POWER-GEN International saw record attendance in 2012

The event launched with a keynote panel addressing ‘The Challenge Ahead’, looking at the future of power generation, several new nuclear power projects underway and advances in the technology to reduce emissions.

The keynote speakers included Gordon Gillette, president of Tampa Electric & Peoples Gas; Jon Wellinghoff, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; E. James Ferland, president and CEO of The Babcock & Wilcox Co.; Paul Browning, president & CEO of Thermal Products, GE Power & Water; and VADM Dennis V. McGinn (USN, Retired), president of the American Council on Renewable Energy.

The 2012 exhibition showcased 1400 exhibiting companies across every sector of the power generation industry, displaying the latest products, services and technologies in generation, renewable energy and nuclear power.

Three co-located events: NUCLEAR POWER International; the POWER-GEN International Financial Forum; and Renewable Energy World Conference & Expo were also held alongside POWER-GEN.

Alberta’s Technology Mission to Finland & Funding Programme

WADE Canada took part in the inaugural Technology Mission to Finland hosted by Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures in October to explore new technology collaborations with Finnish counterparts. A delegation of 21 people ranging from industry to researchers travelled to Finland, where the focus of the technology mission was to consider pre-commercial technology partnership opportunities between Albertan and Finnish organizations in clean energy and environmental technologies, specifically in the bioindustrial, bioenergy, waste and water sectors.

Kicking off the week’s full agenda was an Alberta–Finland partnership symposium that helped identify collaboration opportunities and facilitated business-to-business meetings, and included the attendance of the ambassadors of both Finland and Canada. The delegation enjoyed site visits to some of Finland’s largest international energy-related companies such as Neste Oil (the world’s leading supplier of renewable diesel) and Metso (a global supplier of energy technologies), and toured the R&D centre of Kemira (a €2 billlion water chemistry company). Further networking opportunities were provided by attending Finland’s largest energy industry event, Energia 12, and the Nordic Wood Biorefining Conference. Some interesting plant tours displaying Finnish innovations were also enjoyed, including a tyre recycling facility converting tyres to pyrolysis oil, and a new 140 MW waste-to-energy facility in Lahti that has enabled fossil fuels to be replaced by biomass or waste with cost-efficient gasification technology, presumably a world first.

Finland has much in common with Canada and makes an intriguing international partner for collaboration. Internationally recognized as a top ranked innovation and clean technology leader, Finland is frequently noted for its strong expertise in the bioenergy, forestry, mining and water sectors in a northern climate, providing good collaborative potential with Canadians.

Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures and Tekes (the Finnish technology funding agency) recently announced the Alberta–Finland Innovation & Commercialization Program to support joint technology development collaborations between Albertan and Finnish small and medium-sized companies. The first call for proposals is targeted at bio industrial, environmental solutions and water technology sectors, and decentralized energy solutions may be applicable. Joint applications of Expressions of Interest are due 1 February 2013.

For more information on the programme or potential opportunities with Finland, contact Monica Sippola of ECO Consulting Inc. at

WADE Canadas President, Anouk Kendall, (third row, centre left)) with Finnish counterparts and other delegates

WADE Presents at North America Gas Summit

Washington, DC, USA: WADE joined an exclusive group of market makers who gathered at the second annual meeting of the North America Gas Summit held last November, where they discussed major regulatory advances to make natural gas North America’s fuel of the future and to define effective commercial responses to supply chain challenges.

Speaking at the event, David Sweet, Executive Director, WADE, discussed natural gas impacts on decentralized energy and small scale, high efficiency power production. Mr Sweet also discussed the major factors contributing to acceleration of CHP in the US and globally.

The summit saw participation from leading industry leaders including ExxonMobil, Chesapeake, Anadarko, Westport, Sempra LNG, Marathon Oil, DOE, GDF Suez, Direct Energy, FERC, Encana Natural Gas and more for a truly unique debate on gas demand creation.

Photo credits: Monica Sippola

WADE Canada: CanSIA’s Solar West 2012 Conference By Kelsey Chegus, I2CP Projects Manager

Edmonton, Alberta (November 1st, 2012). WADE Canada attended CanSIA’s Solar West 2012 Conference in Edmonton, Alberta. The conference highlighted Western Canada’s increasingly significant role in the Canadian and global solar industries. With references to Alberta’s ‘sun patch’ and a joke about ‘peak sun’, solar energy was discussed as a viable energy resource that is no longer on the fringes. Solar energy technology has become more cost-effective and in certain contexts is the most economically attractive option. But the challenges for increasing solar energy capacity are not just economic: distribution networks need to be ready and policymakers need to be informed to make timely decisions that will create a favorable policy environment.

Event highlights included the presence of more than attendees, a showcase for 25 exhibitors, four engaging plenary sessions, and a keynote address from the Honourable Minister Diana McQueen, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development and MLA for Drayton Valley-Devon.

Some of the discussion from the floor during question time encouraged attendees to seek creative collaboration outside the energy sector and to inform communicators to increase Canadians’ energy literacy. As part of a decentralized energy approach, homes and businesses can be energy generators and we can help facilitate a culture shift in the way people view energy generation.

WADE at 2nd Annual Defense Renewable Energy & Military Microgrids Summit

Washington, DC, USA: Infocast’s 2nd Annual Defense Renewable Energy & Military Microgrids Summit was held on 28–30 November 2012 in Arlington, VA, USA. With a goal of deploying 3 GW of renewable energy by 2025, The Department of Defense (DOD) is poised to become one of the biggest customers for renewable energy in the US.

In fact, the department’s goal of deploying 3 GW of renewable energy by 2025 is one of the largest commitments to clean energy in history. The Energy Initiative Task Force (EITF) has begun issuing requests for proposals (RFPs)to source 2 GW of renewable power for Army and Air Force facilities, and the Navy’s 1 GW Task Force is ramping up a similar programme. These new programmes will require tens of billions of dollars in private investment and finance.

The opportunities for project development and finance were explored at the summit, with the DOD’s new acting deputy under secretary for Installations and Environment, Mr John Conger, delivering the keynote address.

David Sweet, Executive Director, WADE, represented WADE at the summit, which brought together military policy makers and programme managers with leading renewable energy developers, utility service providers and financiers to explore how the DOD’s energy requirements can be met through their combined efforts.

Second A2SE Australian Summer Study on Energy Efficiency & Decentralized Energy

Sydney – Australia: 27 February – 1 March, 2013, Brighton Le Sands, Sydney, Australia

Join this informal international knowledge exchange on energy efficiency, demand management, distributed energy and carbon mitigation. In 2013 the Summer Study will have a strong energy end-user and international focus with an entire theme dedicated to each. The event is a three-day, informal residential event in a resort-style setting at Sydney’s Brighton Le Sands.

The Summer Study is a not-for-profit event. Now in its second year in Australia, the summer study is an international ‘institution’ which has been running for 30 years in the US and 16 years in Europe. These events are organized by the Australian Alliance to Save Energy (A2SE)’s endorsing partners – The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and its European counterpart the ECEEE. They are sell out events renowned for bringing together leaders in energy efficiency from government, politics, academia, private sector and NGOs.

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