UKDEA Media Release

Viridor become the 60th member of the UK District Energy Association

28 October 2013

The UK District Energy Association (ukDEA) is going from strength to strength, as they welcome their 60th member to the Association.

This benchmark of 60 members marks a tenfold increase since the Association was launched three years ago. Founded in 2010 by just six members with a vision of creating a proactive network of district energy stakeholders, the rapid growth of the ukDEA is further proof that the formation of this Association was not only desirable, but also necessary in the modern marketplace.

Viridor Waste Management Limited joined the ukDEA as a Full Member last week. This latest addition to the ever increasing pool of expertise that makes up the ukDEA membership base is a national leader in recycling, renewable energy and waste management, and is part of the FTSE 250 Pennon Group.

Among the Viridor district energy projects, probably the most talked about is the large scale EfW combined heat and power plant currently under construction at Trident Park in Cardiff. The plant will be able to treat up to 350,000 tonnes of waste every year, and will generate in the region of 30MW of electricity once up and running.

Viridor will be joining good company in the ukDEA network, as the Association already houses some of the UK’s most knowledgeable and talented players in the field of district energy. The ukDEA’s membership already represents many of the UK’s major district energy schemes, and their members supply over 700 GWh of low carbon heat around the country every year.

Chairman of the ukDEA, Simon Woodward, commented that:

“This benchmark of our 60th member has been eagerly anticipated, and represents a tenfold growth in just three years since the six founder members originally launched the ukDEA. The continued growth of the ukDEA and the ever increasing numbers of enquiries, both from policy makers and the industry, home and international, proves once again how much such a niche organisation was needed in the UK.

We look forward to continued growth over the next 12 months and to welcoming even more knowledge and expertise to our already diverse pool of members as time goes on.”

The ukDEA is a not for profit, non-trade association, founder in 2010, which brings together the partners, owners, operators and stakeholders in district energy across the 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 16 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
  • Viridor Waste Management Limited

Together, these 16 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 44 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


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