UKDEA Media Release
The UK District Energy Association is Launched
16th October 2009
The partners, owners and operators of the largest district energy schemes in the UK are aligning themselves in the creation of the UK District Energy Association (ukDEA); with the aim of not only promoting district energy as a means to deliver significant carbon savings, but also to establish a direct link between the Government and the industry’s small market base.
Yesterday (October 15) Greg Barker MP, Conservative Shadow Cabinet Member for Energy and Climate Change, officially launched the ukDEA at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham – and called the city a “beacon on decentralised energy” in his speech.
The Association will be a not-for profit association of companies and public sector organisations involved with these major schemes. The ukDEA will initially comprise representatives of the 6 main District Energy Schemes in the UK today:
- Birmingham City Council
- Enviroenergy Limited
- Veolia Environmental Services Limited
- Southampton City Council (SCC)
- Thameswey Limited
- Utilicom Limited
Together these six organisations represent the:
- Milton Keynes
- Southampton and
- Woking District energy schemes
It will be managed on a day to day basis by the Decentralised Energy Knowledge Base (DEKB) Ltd, itself a not for profit organisation which in its first year of operation has worked to not only create an electronic information portal on decentralised energy which is currently receiving over 15,000 hits per year, but also to deliver a significant national conference on decentralised energy and low carbon networks.
The aims of the Association are to:
- facilitate and improve the exchange of information between it’s members and with Government
- jointly address and overcome obstacles to the development of District Energy schemes
- develop and share knowledge, understanding and good practice in the development and operation of District Energy
- promote and increase national awareness of the considerable benefits of Decentralised and District Energy Schemes
- seek improvements to national and local policy mechanisms which support District Energy
- develop and share knowledge, understanding and industry best practice
- provide guidance to local authorities and other organisations in developing schemes
- respond to consultations which have an impact on District Energy
- engage and consult with the government’s advisory and regulatory bodies to ensure that District Energy is represented and considered
- jointly develop and promote best practice case studies
- take a leading role in the proposed regulation of heat networks
UkDEA Members will strive to promote and advance the use of District Energy and related technologies using, inter alia, examples of the highly successful District Energy Schemes in Birmingham, Nottingham, Sheffield, Southampton, Milton Keynes and Woking.
Working closely with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the ukDEA aims to improve consultation and communication between existing and potential scheme developers, operators, partners and users.
With ukDEA facilitating direct communication between DECC and District Energy Schemes practitioners, two way understanding of the problems and issues of inherent in these complex schemes, should be greatly improved.
The ukDEA launch coincided with the very first DEKB Conference on ‘Building Low Carbon Energy Networks’, held at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham, yesterday (October 15).
Cllr Paul Tilsley, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “Here in Birmingham we have led the way with the development of our network of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) units.
“This is because we are committed to making the city a more green and sustainable place in which to live.
“The creation of the UK District Energy Association will give the pioneers in this field a collective voice and enables cities like Birmingham to take their ambitious proposals onto the next level.”
Notes to Editors:
The partners, owners and operators of the largest district energy schemes in the UK have aligned themselves in the creation of the UK District Energy Association (UKDEA); with the aim of not only promoting district energy as a means to deliver significant carbon savings, but also to establish a direct link between the Government and the industry's small market base.
The Association is a not for profit association of companies and public sector organisations involved or interested with these major schemes. The UKDEA initially comprised of the representatives of the 6 main District Energy Schemes in the UK today:
Birmingham City Council,
Veolia Environmental Services Limited,
Southampton City Council (SCC),
Thameswey Limited and
Cofely District Energy Limited.
Together these six organisations represent the: Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Sheffield, Southampton and Woking district energy schemes.
The UK District Energy Association’s aim is to represent current and potential owners, developers, consumers, partners, operators and product suppliers of District Energy schemes throughout the UK.
For more information contact:
Chris Tanner, Secretary of the UKDEA
Thames Head Wharf, Tetbury Road, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 6NZ
Tel: 01285 770615
Mobile: 07773 457941