March 12, 2015
 
 
 
 
   
 
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WADE in Action
Business Tax Credits for CHP Projects Proposed in Texas
A bill filed in the Texas Legislature at the behest to the WADE Cogeneration Industries Council would add language to the state Tax Code creating a business tax credit deduction for combined heat and power (CHP) projects. The tax deduction would be equal to the existing deductions currently available for wind, solar and clean coal energy projects. The bill, HB 2500, defines a CHP project as one that provides the sequential generation of power and thermal energy with an overall efficiency of energy that exceeds sixty percent, and the bill language is written to include thermal energy storage systems (TES) and waste heat to power (WHP) systems as being a CHP project and therefore also qualifying for the tax credits.

The tax credits authorized by this bill may be significant. The State of Texas would allow tax credits for CHP projects to be computed in one of two ways: (1) the total cost of the system may be deducted from the company's taxable capital; or, (2) 10% of the system's cost may be deducted from the company's income. Both taxable capital and a company's income are taxed under the franchise tax, which is Texas's equivalent to a corporate tax.

The Texas Legislature convenes for only 140 days every two years and the current session is scheduled to end June 1, 2015. Hearings on the bill have not yet been scheduled but are anticipated to being in April. This bill will be a topic of conversation at the upcoming WADE DistribuGen Conference and Trade Show for Cogeneration/CHP 2015. For more information contact Paul Cauduro, Director, Cogeneration Industries Council at pcauduro@localpower.org
Calling WADE Members - How Can We Help You?
Agenda Updated!
The agenda has been updated for the WADE DistribuGen Conference and Trade Show for Cogeneration/CHP 2015.

More than thirty energy experts and industry professionals will be speaking on a wide-range of Cogeneration/CHP topics including the keynote address from Pat Wood, former Chairman of FERC as well as former Chairman of the Public Utility Commission of Texas who is now serving as Chairman of the Board for Dynegy Energy, a Houston-based company that provides wholesale power, capacity and ancillary services to utilities, cooperatives, municipalities and other energy companies in the Midwest, the Northeast and the West Coast. Mr. Wood is a forceful advocate for replacing government-centered energy regulation with competition and his perspectives on the energy market and opportunities for more distributed generation using CHP will be very interesting.

The agenda also now includes Eastman Chemical Company's Sharon L. Nolen, PE, CEM, Manager, Worldwide Energy Program who will discuss Eastman's energy efficiency program and long history with CHP. The Department of Energy will share news and information on its GENSETS (GENerators for Small Electrical and Thermal Systems) Program and how they are performing research and development on 1 kW size high-efficiency natural gas powered generators for the residential CHP market. And Navigant Research will provide a commercial CHP global analysis and market forecast.

Reserve your seat at this important industry event being held in the Energy Capital of the World - Houston, Texas. Great registration rates are now available.

Come early to play golf in the inaugural DIstribuGen Golf event and to participate in the pre-conference education workshop. Workshop attendees will earn two hours (2.0) of continuing education credits.
Register with Early Bird Rate and Save!
Call for Sponsors, Supporting Organizations, and Exhibitors
Sponsors, supporting organizations and exhibitors are being accepted for the DistribuGen Conference and Trade Show for Cogeneration/CHP 2015 held April 7-9 at the Houston Hilton North.

As the nation's only conference and trade show dedicated to combined heat and power and waste heat to power technologies the event brings business and energy leaders together with industry experts, project developers, equipment suppliers, service providers and end-users to examine these economic and environmentally-sensible energy options.

Taking place when decentralized energy, industrial competitiveness, energy security and reliability, corporate sustainability goals, recent federal initiatives and state policy changes have spurred great interest CHP and WHP, the conference agenda will include a wide range of speakers and topics including: CHP and industrial cogeneration systems, small systems and microgrids, federal policy changes, market perspectives, technologies - turbines, engines, boilers, heat-driven cooling, chilled water storage & ancillary equipment and fuels.

Exhibit Booths cost $1,650.00 and the Exhibit Hall will be location for all event breaks as well as the opening reception. Each booth purchase comes with one full conference registration plus unlimited "Exhibit Only" passes. Call 512-705-9996 to reserve a booth.

For information about speaking, sponsoring, supporting or exhibiting contact David Sweet, Executive Director of WADE at +1 202 667 5600 dsweet@localpower.org or Paul Cauduro, Director of the Cogeneration Industries Council at pauduro@localpower.org or (512) 705-9996.

Call for Partners to Join WADE in Submitting Funding Proposal for the EU Horizon 2020 Low Carbon Energy Call
WADE is pleased to announce that we plan to submit a funding proposal for the EU Horizon 2020 Low carbon energy call; deadline of 5th May. Our project focuses on building an international pilot in the United Kingdom and two other EU cities, demonstrating the viability of providing zero carbon heat in built environments through our design. This will be a scalable demonstration project with long term outcomes. Organisations interested in partnering with us can mail rasheedrturabi@localpower.org for details.
Member News
Capstone Microturbines to Convert Biogas Into Heat and Power for Irvine Water Recycling Plant
4th March 2015
Irvine, USA - Capstone Turbine Corporation, the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced today that it received an order to upgrade the Irvine Ranch Water District's Michelson Water Recycling Plant in Irvine, California with five C200 microturbines.

Regatta Solutions Inc., Capstone's distributor in California, secured the order, which is expected to be commissioned in early 2016. Once commissioned, the microturbines will cleanly and effectively operate on the biogas, or "green waste", produced on-site from digestion of biosolids.
Read the full article.
 
Capstone to Upgrade Top Northern California Brewery With Two C1000 Microturbines
2nd March 2015
USA - Capstone Turbine Corporation, the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced today that it received an order for two C1000 microturbines to upgrade a top Northern California brewery.

Regatta Solutions, Capstone's distributor in California, secured the order, which is expected to be commissioned later this year.

Two Capstone C1000 microturbines will replace the aging natural gas fuel cells currently powering the California brewery. Capstone microturbines can seamlessly meet changing facility demands and are flexible enough to allow for irregular daily load profiles, which effectively maximizes efficiency and reduces operating costs.
Read the full article.

Decentralized Energy News

Americas News:
Shepard Energy Centre, Powered by Natural Gas, Fully Operational, Enmax Says
11th March 2015
Canada - The new natural-gas powered Shepard Energy Centre is fully operational, Enmax announced on
Wednesday.

"The facility is the largest of its kind in the province and an important step in Alberta's transition away from aging coal-fired generation facilities," Enmax said.

It uses combined-cycle technology that has two combustion turbines to generate electricity while making use of waste heat through a steam turbine for extra power production.
Read the full article.
 
Tecogen Sells Two Ultra InVerde Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Systems to North Central New Jersey School District
4th March 2015
USA - Tecogen® Inc. today announced the sale and delivery of two INV-100 Ultra InVerde® combined heat and power (CHP) units to provide domestic hot water and space heating to a school district located in North Central New Jersey. The sale, through a regional office of a multi-national Energy Services Company (ESCO), is part of a comprehensive energy savings project for the school district. The units will be installed separately, one in a middle school, the other in a high school.

The units will provide each school with backup power in the event of an outage and are equipped with Tecogen's patented low emissions system, Ultra, which exempts the units from requiring state air permits and the related obligations (regular third party tests, etc.).
Read the full article.
 
Domestic On-site Solar Fund Backed by Big Google Investment
2nd March 2015
USA - With major backing from Google, California-based SolarCity has created a fund which is expected to finance $750 million in residential solar power generation projects.

Google has committed $300 million to the new fund-its largest renewable energy investment to date. The new fund is the largest of its kind ever created for residential solar power, and the second such collaboration between the two companies.

The Google deal is structured as a tax-equity transaction. Renewable energy projects are entitled to various tax benefits, including a credit for 30% of the installed cost of a solar system. However, companies, such as SolarCity, often can't use the credits and provide them instead to tax-equity investors such as Google.
Read the full article.
 
European News:
New Biomass CHP/District Heating Plant for Nokia, Finland
11th March 2015
Nokia, Finland - A new biomass-based combined heat and power (CHP) plant is to be built in the town of Nokia,
Finland.

The €45 million ($48 million) project, to be undertaken by special-purpose power firm Nokianvirran Energia, will produce power and process steam for both tissue manufacturer SCA Hygiene Products' paper mill and Nokian Renkaat's tyre factory, as well as district heat to be distributed by utility Leppäkosken Lämpö.

"This investment will especially improve the price competitiveness of district heat compared with other heating methods," said Juha Koskinen, managing director of Leppäkosken Lämpö.
Read the full article.
 
UK's Largest Biomass Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Plant Opened on Tullis Russell Site
6th March 2015
UK - Constructed and operated by one of Europe's leading renewables' operators, RWE, the state-of-the-art plant replaces the former 1950's coal and gas fired CHP power station on the site of premium paper and board manufacturer Tullis Russell. It represents a reduction in fossil fuel related carbon dioxide emissions by around 250,000 tonnes per annum, delivering a major contribution to the UK's renewable energy generation targets.

The Markinch Biomass CHP Plant has also supported the safeguarding of 500 jobs at papermakers Tullis Russell, which has been a major employer in Fife for 206 years.
Read the full article.
 
Ewing Dedicates RWE Innogy's 65-MW Biomass CHP Plant in Scotland
5th March 2015
Scotland - Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing today officially opened RWE Innogy UK's 65-MW biomass
combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Fife, which replaces a coal- and gas-fired station built in the 1950s.

Over GBP 200 million (USD 304.5m/EUR 276m) have been invested in the Markinch CHP plant, and the Scottish government has provided a GBP-8.1-million Regional Selective Assistance grant. Construction kicked off in 2009 and was concluded in 2014.
Read the full article.
 
On-site Power for the Eiffel Tower
25th February 2015
Paris, France - The iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris is embracing the full gamut of on-site power options as it seems to reduce its environmental impact. Urban Green
Energy has been contracted to perform a major renovation and upgrade to the tower's first floor, with on-site wind power, solar panels and heat pumps to be deployed.

The Société d'Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel has given the go-ahead for UGE to install the first of which is a pair of VisionAIR5 wind turbines as part of the City of Paris Climate Plan.
Read the full article.
 
Alstom to Supply FGD for Lodz Coal-fueled CHP Plant
23rd February 2015
Poznan, Poland - Veolia and Alstom have signed a turnkey contract for the construction of a complete Flue Gas Desulphurization (FGD) plant, which will treat flue gases of 2 OP130 and 3 OP230 steam boilers of station numbers K1, K2, K3, K6, K9 at Veolia Energia Lodz SA coal-fueled combined heat & power plant (CHP 3). Completion of the desulphurization plant is due early 2017.

This order comes almost one year after Veolia and Alstom signed a contract for another desulphurization plant at Poznan. The plant at Lodz will use a six-module NIDTM of the same type as the four-module NIDTM being currently erected at Poznan. This will provide unique benefits in terms of operation and maintenance.
Read the full article.
 
International News:
Tasmania's Flinders Island Cutting Diesel Generation Imports
5th March 2015
Australia - The majority of Flinders Island's energy needs are to be supplied from renewable energy resources within
two years, according to an announcement from Hydro Tasmania, which says it will soon start work on developing a 'Hybrid Energy Hub' on Flinders Island.

Supported by up to A$5.5 million funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), the A$12.88 million ($10 million) Flinders Island hybrid system will be capable of displacing up to 60% of the annual diesel fuel used on the island to generate electricity.
Read the full article.
 
US Group Plans $100bn in Indian Decentralised Energy Investment
23rd February 2015
India - Citigroup plans to lend, invest and facilitate deals worth $100 billion by 2025 to support projects involving renewable power, energy efficiency and sustainable transportation opportunities, Chief Executive Officer Michael Corbat said in a speech in New York.

The investment is strategically based around a market for decentralised renewable energy in India predicted to be worth more than $150 million by 2018, while around 5 million residential solar systems are predicted to be sold in the country between last year and 2018, according to a new report.
Read the full article.
Calendar
DistribuGen Conference and Trade Show for Cogeneration/CHP 2015 in Houston
  07th- 09th April 2015
Houston, USA - The nation's largest conference and trade show dedicated to industrial cogeneration, and combined heat and power systems of all sizes as well as trigeneration.
More info »
   
3rd Annual District Cooling Stakeholders Summit
  17th - 18th March 2015
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - The 3rd Annual DC (District Cooling) Stakeholders Summit will involve the participation of global and regional government authorities.
More info »
   
Globalcon
  17th - 18th March 2015
Philadelphia, USA - As an exhibitor at GLOBALCON, you will be an integral part of a major energy trade event, enabling you to showcase your products and services, discuss projects with key decision makers, and reach both new and existing customers in an exciting and motivating environment.
More info »
   
The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Forum
  24th - 25th March 2015
Doha, Qatar
More info »
   
Military & Government Microgrids Summit
  8th- 10th April 2015
Arlington, USA - HEAR FROM KEY DOD, DOE AND STATE DECISION MAKERS AS THEY SHARE THEIR WANTS, NEEDS AND PLANS FOR INVESTING IN MICROGRIDS
Infocast's Military & Government Microgrids Summit will provide a platform for military.
More info »
   
Power Purchase Agreement
  13th- 16th April 2015
Dubai,UAE - There are many moving pieces affecting the future of electric power development in Emerging Market. Unlike the past Independent Power Project models, which featured standardised take-or-pay contracts.
More info »
   
9th Annual Gas Turbines Conference 2015
  14th- 16th April 2015
Singapore - The 9th Annual Gas Turbines Conference is a global gathering of gas turbine users and manufacturers who are being impacted by new innovations and developments to want to increase overall plant efficiency and maintenance.
More info »
   
7th Annual Offshore Support Vessels
  20th- 22nd April 2015
Singapore - The OSV Conference has shepherded industry through cyclical changes over the years. This is where we hear it first, and hear it directly from the leaders of the industry. We are able to understand what to expect in the market, and hear strategies of the largest vessel owners, builders and charterers.
More info »
   
2nd Annual offshore Marine Crewing & Manning
  20th- 22nd April 2015
Singapore - IBC's '2nd AnnualOffshore Marine Crewing and Manning Summit' is Asia's ONLY platform designed to provide practical solutions to your crewing needs. The two day conference will showcase case studies, perspectives from OSV, Rigs and FPSO operators, and put the spotlight on strategies for global markets.
More info »
   
6th Annual FPSO
  20th- 22nd April 2015
Singapore - IBC Asia's FPSO event is heading into its 6 year! As offshore E&P takes off in South-East Asia, Africa and South America, the timing for investing in FPSOs to monetize oil reserves in these regions has never been more opportune!
More info »
   
6th Annual Offshore Drilling & Rigs
  20th- 22nd April 2015
Singapore - IBC's Offshore Drilling & Rigs (ODR) conference is the world's ONLY leading offshore drilling and rigs dedicated event. Grown in strength year on year, ODR will return for its 7th year run during Singapore Maritime Week 2015.
More info »
   
Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) Contracts for Energy Industry
  21st- 23rd April 2015
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Today, Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) projects are uniquely challenging. Parties currently involved in large complex and fast-track EPC projects frequently suffer financial loss that could have been mitigated by effective contract management.
More info »
   
7th China Unconventional Oil & Gas Summit and Exhibition 2015
  22nd- 24th April 2015
Chongqing, China - China has the world's largest technically recoverable unconventional oil and gas reserves.
More info »
   
3rd Annual Digital Grids & Smart Cities Summit
  5th - 6th May 2015
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - The region is seeing phenomenal movements across all sectors to develop itself as a Smart City.
More info »
   
5th Annual Gulf Wastewater and Desalination Summit
  5th - 6th May 2015
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - A platform to discover latest development of new treatment technology from pilot to full scale and recent advances in waste-water reuse research.
More info »
   
4th China International Energy Storage Station Congress 2015
  10th - 12thMay 2015
Shenzhen, China - May 10-12 th 2015, marks the Chinese International Energy Storage Station Congress, which will take place in Shenzhen.
More info »
   
India LNG Congress 2015
  11th - 14th May 2015
New Delhi, India - The scale of LNG demand in India is at its highest ever, and following a flurry of projected LNG import plans for this emerging market through to year 2020, it is time for the industry to take an in-depth look into the market applications of the initiatives and how this is shaping the policies and investment opportunities in India.
More info »
   
3rd Annual Power & Energy Philippines
  12th - 15th May 2015
Manila, Philippines - The 3rd Philippines Power & Energy Conference is a global gathering of power and energy producers and suppliers who are being impacted by new regulations, developments and large opportunities to want to meet the energy demand in Philippines.
More info »
   
POWER-GEN India & Central Asia
  14th - 16th May 2015
New Delhi, India - Under the theme, Re-energising India's Power Sector, POWER-GEN India & Central Asia 2015 will.
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Microgrid World Congress 2015
  19th - 21st May 2015
Barcelona, Spain - The Microgrid World Congress 2015 brings together thought leaders, energy executives, and project managers from around the world for three days of focused networking and information sharing concerning the design, implementation and operation of microgrid and VPP systems around the world.
More info »
   
The 8th Energy Storage World Forum
  19th - 21th May 2015
Rome, Italy - In 2015 our 8th Energy Storage World Forum will take place in Rome and it will feature new value to our followers and newcomers! There will be 2 training courses and 5 conference days.
More info »
   
Microgen IV, The 4th International Conference on Microgeneration and Related Technologies
  28th - 30th October 2015
Tokyo - Abstract submission has just started! You are kindly encouraged to submit on-line a short summary of your intended contributions through the conference official website by 28 February 2015. Your abstracts will be reviewed and accepted abstracts will be notified on 31 March 2015 at the latest.
More info »
   

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David Sweet
WADE Executive Director

USA
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