UKDEA Media Release

UKDEA welcomes the Parliamentary Committee on Energy and Climate Change’s inquiry into heat.

23rd July 2013

The UKDEA welcomes the Energy and Climate Change Committee’s inquiry into heat but would like to see further Government commitment and support for low carbon heat generation.

The Parliamentary Committee on Energy and Climate Change last week announced the launch of an inquiry into heat.

As heat accounts for a significant 46% of the UK’s energy use, it is important to understand all key aspects in relation to heat. The UKDEA therefore hopes that this inquiry will further that understanding.

Although the UKDEA recognises continuing Government effort to encourage the further development of low carbon heat generation, the UKDEA feels the Government could still do more to support investors in low carbon heat generation obtain public funding. Investors in low carbon heat generation face increasing difficulty in obtaining public funding. This stems largely from the recent financial crisis and the caution exercised by financial institutions in lending.

UKDEA chairman Simon Woodward, commented;

Low carbon heat networks are needed to enable carbon emissions savings but the cost of installation remains high. Further support could be in the form of a Heat Networks Incentive or a grant mechanism to accelerate the market’s development and further expansion of the UK’s district heating networks as set out in the UKDEA’s response to DECC’s Heat Strategy’.

In addition to specific heat network measures, the UKDEA notes other aspects of the inquiry that will be of interest. These include the provision of more support and policy certainty needed to enable further investment in low carbon heat generation and questions around thermal storage and Combined Heat and Power technologies.

The UKDEA hopes that the Energy and Climate Change Committee’s inquiry into heat will lead to an increased understanding of the key aspects relating to heat and that concrete follow up action will be taken by the Government in further promoting the development of low carbon heat generation in the UK.

Further information on the Parliamentary Committee’s inquiry on heat can be found here


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 15 major organisations:

  • Birmingham City Council
  • Brookfield Utilities/GTC Limited
  • Cofely District Energy Limited
  • Coventry City Council
  • 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
  • SW Energy Limited
  • Thameswey Limited
  • Veolia Environmental Services Limited

Together, these 15 organisations represent the: Birmingham, Coventry, Exeter, Leicester, Liverpool, 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, Metropolitan Kings Cross, Bloomsbury Heat & Power, Whitehall, Hatfield, Dalston Square, Greenwich Millennium Village, Barbican Arts Centre, Guildhall, Bastion House, Ontario Tower, Pan Peninsula, Baltimore Wharf, Wapping Lane, High Point Village and London Central Markets.

The UKDEA also has 37 very knowledgeable Associate Members, including international members, sharing and contributing information to our district energy knowledge base.

UKDEA Key Facts:

Together the UKDEA members represent:

  • Over 120 MW of low carbon generation plant (CHP, biomass, EFW etc)
  • Supported by over 600 MW of conventional back up boiler plant
  • Delivering over 700,000,000 kWh of heat each year
  • Across energy networks which, if combined, would extend for more than 200km

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.

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

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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