Joining the UKDEA

The UKDEA has, over the past few years, had many notable achievements, played a number of important roles in the development of support for district energy and have been instrumental in guiding policy and practice that relates to the district energy industry in the UK. As time progresses, the interest and influence of our organisation has made it clear that an association like this was much needed in the UK. With both the founding members of the UKDEA and our newer recruits now singing from the same hymn sheet, we find we are much in demand and already regarded as the primary source of district energy information in Britain.

Amongst our key achievements are:

  • Working with BEIS to improve support available for district energy
  • Assisting BEIS with research into district heating in the UK
  • Sitting on major working groups influencing current policy and understanding including the Government Industry Contact Group on Decentralised Energy and the Scottish Governments’ Expert Commission
  • Presenting at major conferences and events
  • The provision of a base of knowledge for professionals and organisations involved in the development of schemes
  • Work with the Welsh government on district energy development
  • International networking with other DEAs
  • Organisation of visits for overseas DEAs to see examples of DE in the UK
  • Frequently meeting with Local Authorities and holding question and answer sessions regarding preliminary stages of District Energy projects

If you or your organisation are considering joining this forward thinking organisation and being a part of one of the most influential movements in the district energy industry today, read on to find out more about joining or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with any specific questions you have.


Benefits for our Members

The benefits to full and associated members of the UKDEA include:

  • The UK District Energy Journal
  • A "Members Only" feature packed monthly “District Energy Journal” with opportunities for articles and product “spot lights” from your organisation. Opportunity to advertise job vacancies with our Journal, at no cost.
  • ukDEA Webinars
  • Opportunities to replicate the Journal opportunities via a series of regular member webinars.
  • ukDEA Website –
  • Access to the members’ area of the website which includes our extensive library.
  • A free entry in to our website front page scrolling banner and your organisation's own dedicated page.
  • Industry Tenders and Consultations
  • Be informed of available tenders that are sent in to the Association.
  • Your organisation's input, through the Association’s response into Government consultations.
  • Conferences, Events and Networking
  • Attendance at our Annual Conference and AGM with exhibition opportunities.
  • Free delegate spaces at national conferences throughout the year.
  • Presentations on district energy, by the ukDEA, available for your organisation at your events.
  • Networking opportunities with members.
  • District Energy, Technical and Legal Advice
  • Pose a question to our membership via our in house discussion board, including legal questions.
  • A free advice service on district energy issues. Essentially you can phone for free as many times as you want to discuss issues on projects you are considering.
  • The ability for your requirements from the government to be expressed via the association via our single voice for the industry including representation on numerous steering committees.
  • Copies of our Technical Notes




Resources for Members

As well as the valuable networking opportunities and other benefits we facilitate for our members, UKDEA members have access to a members only area of our website where they can find resources and information on:


Types of membership

Full Member

Our full members are usually organisations with a significant commercial interest or partnership role within a UK district energy scheme or schemes. Full members take an active role in the direction of the UKDEA, have voting rights and can apply to become directors of the association. The membership fee for full members is £1240+vat a year.

Associate Member

Associate membership is the perfect option for organisations involved or with an interest in district energy that do not want as much involvement as a full member. Associate members can enjoy all the benefits of a full member, but without the responsibilities of voting or directing the organisation. The fee to become an associate member is £620+vat a year.