UKDEA Media Release

UKDEA embracing district energy on all scales

18th September 2012

The UK District Energy Association (UKDEA) is embracing district energy of all scales as the number of smaller, community level district energy schemes begin to take shape across the UK.

Recognising the important role that 'micro district energy' has to play in the decarbonising of the UK's energy supply, the UKDEA has officially opened its arms to organisations and stakeholders involved with schemes from village scale community based district heating schemes to city wide district heat energy networks.

With more support and funding becoming available for smaller scale 'micro district energy' schemes to get off the ground, the UKDEA hopes that these community organisations and smaller developers will keep in touch with the Association to share knowledge, experiences and to learn from the experience of its members.

District energy as a technology offers a range of applications, and is just as appropriate to use in smaller scale schemes as it is in larger, more ambitious developments. The UKDEA hopes to engage more 'micro district energy' schemes in future, as they are aware that these groups are currently under represented at national level.

The chairman of the UKDEA, Simon Woodward, commented,

"Scale is not an issue for district energy. The main benefits of this technology comes because of the decentralisation of the power source, which eliminates a large proportion of the transmission losses that we are used to absorbing as part of national power networks. Whether the scheme includes a small group of buildings or an entire city, as long as the project has been well designed and managed in accordance with UK Best Practice then the benefits of district energy are there for the taking."

"As the UKDEA we endeavour to give a voice to every shape, size and type of district energy scheme in the UK, and therefore welcome community level district energy schemes just as warmly as we do the big players in the industry. We can all learn from each other in this business, so we hope to keep the lines of learning and communication as open as possible by extending a welcome to all scales of district energy."

Scheme owners, operators and stakeholders as well as those who use, supply equipment to and consult on 'micro district energy' schemes should get in touch with the UKDEA Secretary to find out more about the benefits of joining. More information can also be found on the UKDEA website www.ukdea.org.uk


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 energy' 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 18 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 145 MW of low carbon generation plant (CHP, biomass, EFW etc)
  • Supported by over 675 MW of conventional back up boiler plant
  • Delivering over 685,000,000 kWh of heat each year
  • Across energy networks which, if combined, would extend for more than 185 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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