UKDEA Media Release

The UK District Energy Association welcomes appointment of DECC's new Heat Networks Delivery Unit Director

4th September 2013

The UK District Energy Association (ukDEA) has welcomed DECC’s announcement today, of the appointment of Stephen Brooks as Investment Director of the new Heat Networks Delivery Unit (HNDU).

Until recently, Stephen held the position of Managing Director of Ignus Renewable Energy Ltd, a company which develops biomass combined heat and power (CHP) projects. Prior to this, Stephen worked on the development of a £23m biomass fuelled CHP project at the Community Renewable Energy Centre in Sheffield.

As well as this, Stephen has been highly involved in the development of many aspects of heat networks and the renewable energy sector. He was a founder and first ever employee of Sheffield Heat & Power Ltd, the organisation which developed a major heat network city wide across Sheffield. He has also been involved in the delivery of many other CHP projects around the UK and in Europe, and has acted as an advisor to projects in many other countries.

Simon Woodward, chairman of the ukDEA, said:

We are delighted to hear this news, and the ukDEA welcomes the announcement of Stephen’s appointment. DECC have clearly picked someone who is highly experienced and who will be a positive asset to the HNDU. We are looking forward to working closely with him in the future, as we do with many of his colleagues already.”

Stephen Brooks commented:

“I am excited to take up this opportunity in HNDU, which is a dream job for me. I am passionate about developing heat networks, and have ambitious plans for the new team. I look forward to getting started, and helping local authorities and local economic partnerships across the country overcome the challenges they face in putting these projects together. I am also keen to help take the sector in a more strategic direction, looking beyond fossil fuel to low carbon and innovative sources of heat for networks, and developing these networks as part of city-wide development projects. This can be a great driver of urban economic growth.

“We will work quickly to finalise the team and launch the first round of applications for funding in the next few weeks.”


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 41 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 and membership details contact:

Chris Tanner 

Secretary & Administrator for the ukDEA 
Thames Head Wharf,
Tetbury Road,

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