UKDEA Media Release

UKDEA respond to market request for much needed District Energy Guidance

12th September 2012

Nationally recognised as a centre of excellence for advice and assistance on district energy, the UK District Energy Association is planning to crystallize this expertise into a number of guides which will be provided over the next year.

The first of these will be the core Guide to District Energy in the UK, which will feature case studies, route maps and example energy services agreements to be published in late 2012. Following this the UKDEA will be publishing a:

  • Technical Delivery Guide to clarify the key technical issues with the delivery of district energy schemes and therefore remove many of the common faults found with schemes which are not delivered by industry experts.
  • Customer Charter for residential schemes to set a standard which can be used for such schemes across the UK.

One of the clear benefits of all these guides is that they will be prepared by district energy experts from within the UKDEA, and reviewed by a UKDEA working Group comprised of energy suppliers, developers and consumers, ensuring a balanced approach.

Following completion of these guides the UKDEA will be taking a leading role in developing an accreditation system for district energy schemes in the UK to provide confidence that schemes are being delivered to standards from a commercial and technical perspective which meet and exceed "Best Practice".


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, non-trade association of companies and public sector organisations involved or interested in district energy schemes of all sizes, from village scale, community based "micro" district heating schemes to city wide district heat energy networks.

Still in its infancy, the UKDEA has attracted leading players in the industry, with the UKDEA's full members comprising of twelve major organisations:

  • Birmingham City Council
  • Cofely District Energy Limited
  • ENER-G Switch 2 Limited
  • Enviroenergy Limited
  • E.ON Energy Solutions Limited
  • Leicester City Council
  • Newcastle City Council
  • Newport City Homes Limited
  • Shetland Heat, Energy and Power Limited
  • Southampton City Council
  • Thameswey Limited
  • Veolia Environmental Services Limited

Together, these twelve organisations represent the: Birmingham, Leicester, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newport, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield, Shetland, Southampton and Woking District Energy schemes, together with a number of schemes in London including Olympic Park and Stratford City, Bloomsbury Heat & Power, Whitehall, Hatfield, Dalston Square, Greenwich Millennium Village, Barbican Arts Centre, Guildhall, Bastion House and London Central Markets.

The UKDEA also has 17 Associate Members sharing and contributing information to our district energy knowledge base.

The UKDEA welcomes new members. Be part of our district energy information sharing loop and apply for membership of this forward thinking Association today.

UKDEA Key Facts:

Together the UKDEA members represent:

  • Over 125 MW of low carbon generation plant (CHP, biomass, EFW etc)
  • Supported by over 625 MW of conventional back up boiler plant
  • Delivering over 625,000,000 kWh of heat each year
  • Across energy networks which, if combined, would extend for more than 160 miles

Through Full and Associate membership, the UK District Energy Association's aim is to represent current and potential owners, developers, consumers, partners, operators, product suppliers and interested parties of District Energy schemes throughout the UK.

For more information or membership details contact:

Chris Tanner
Secretary & Administrator for the UKDEA

Thames Head Wharf,
Tetbury Road,

Office: 01285 770615 Mobile: 07773 457941

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