UKDEA Media Release

ukDEA Applauds £2M Kick Start For District Heating

12 February 2014

The UK District Energy Association (ukDEA) has applauded the recent announcement by DECC that 26 local authorities will benefit from a windfall of more than £1.9 million to support the development of low carbon heat networks.

The support, administered by the governments’ Heat Networks Delivery Unit (HNDU), will spur development of heat networks, and represents the first wave of successful bidders for funding to develop district heating.

The local authorities, awarded in this tranche, each receive between £15,000 and £250,000 to jump start heat network projects. The money will be used for a range of activities, from feasibility studies to business plans. Winning local authorities will also receive technical and commercial support from the HNDU.

ukDEA research had previously shown that around 14% of the UK’s heat demand could be met by heat networks by 2030, a figure which was  reiterated by DECC in their own press release following the award of these funds. However, Chairman of the ukDEA, Simon Woodward, stressed the importance of keeping the 14% in context:

“This funding is a great step for the development of district heating in the UK. The ukDEA is absolutely delighted that local authorities are being given the opportunity to investigate district energy for themselves. However, our predictions of 14% of the UK’s heat being supplied by district heating by 2030 were based on significant fiscal support for the capital element of project delivery, so while the current moves to fund initial investigations and feasibility studies is fantastic news, we should be conscious of not de-coupling the 14% from this further requirement.”

The remaining pot of grant funding which totals £7M is due to be allocated in subsequent funding rounds. These will take place in stages through to March 2015, with the next round of successful applicants being announced by the end of March this year.


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 48 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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