UKDEA Media Release

UK District Energy Association reaches 70 members as district energy resurgence takes control

29 April 2014

The UK District Energy Association (ukDEA) has hit a major milestone with the joining of its 70th member this month. The latest members include Pegler Yorkshire, Gebwell Oy from Finland, AMCO Pipe UK and EDF Energy, one of the UK's 'big six' energy suppliers.

The 70th Associate Member was confirmed this week to be GEA PHE Systems, a heat exchanger specialist company from Birmingham.

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 appears to have occurred simultaneously with a resurgence in support for District Energy in the UK.

Heat networks are well established in other countries around Europe, but at this time provide less than 2 per cent of the heat demand of the UK. Assessment by DECC estimated that district heating in the UK could supply up to 14 per cent of the country's heat demand, and could be a cost effective alternative to installing more individual renewable energy systems in homes.

This information was released on the back of the ukDEA's own research, which demonstrated a potential for a 26 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from heating and hot water through an increased uptake of local heat networks.

The recent release by DECC of the £6 million fund for local authorities to develop business plans and feasibility studies for district heating is the latest in a number of supportive policy changes and funding streams to encourage the use of heat networks. The funding, delivered by the Heat Networks Delivery Unit (HNDU), has been met with great enthusiasm from councils across the UK.

Latest figures show that 26 local authorities will benefit from more than £1.9 million thanks to this initiative, and with the second tranche of funding imminent, the ukDEA expects heat networks to be a much more widely understood technology in the future. Chairman of the ukDEA and Chief Executive of Cofely District Energy, Simon Woodward, had this to say:

"I hope ... that this is not simply a here today and gone tomorrow story that we see so often as a result of central government support. I hope we can all work to encourage DECC to ensure that the necessary fiscal support is put in place long term to ensure that the aspirations of these many LA's can be delivered in reality."

As district energy undergoes its biggest revival to date, the ukDEA fully expects its membership to continue to grow over the coming months. Simon Woodward commented:

"I am looking forward to reaching 100 members which it is clear, with the resurgence of district energy in the UK, will be rapidly achieved"


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 54 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,

Office: 01285 770615 Mobile: 07773 457941

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