UKDEA Media Release

The UK District Energy Association appoints new Technical Director, Simon Woodward

7th August 2014

The recent Annual General Meeting of the UK District Energy Association (ukDEA) raised some important business, leading to the creation of a new role of Technical Director within the Association.

The role will include several duties relating to the development of the ukDEA, including:


  • Attending meetings on behalf of the ukDEA to represent its interests
  • Assisting with providing technical and policy updates
  • Responding to any technical queries or non-membership related queries submitted to the ukDEA
  • Assisting with preparing responses on behalf of the ukDEA to any consultation issued by DECC, DEFRA or similar body which has relevance to the ukDEA


Simon Woodward, has taken on this role with immediate effect. Simon Woodward has been Chairman of the ukDEA since its inception in 2009, and to date has managed this role in conjunction with his position as CEO of Cofely District Energy (CDE). However, Simon has now stepped down from his role at CDE and has launched his own consultancy company, Woodward Energy Consulting Limited (WEC).

These Technical Director services will be provided through DEKB Ltd by WEC to the ukDEA in an expansion of DEKB's current contract to provide secretarial and administration services to the ukDEA. Simon stated that "after many years of being closely involved with the setup of the ukDEA and watching it grow from the original six founder members, it is now very exciting for me to take a role working alongside the team at DEKB to drive the association forward on a day to day basis".

Simon's new company; Woodward Energy Consulting Limited, has been appointed as an honorary member of the ukDEA, in recognition of Simon's extensive contribution to the development of the Association and his continued pivotal role in the development of district energy in the UK. This was agreed by all Full Members, and brings the membership of the ukDEA to a total of 75 members.

This new role will now pave the way for a new Chairman of the ukDEA to be appointed at the next AGM in 2015. Until this time Simon will continue with a dual role of Chairman and Technical Director

The ukDEA would like to take this opportunity to thank Simon for his continuous support to the Association, and look forward to a successful year ahead with Simon as our Chairman and Technical Director.


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 CouncilBrookfield Utilities/GTC LimitedCofely District Energy LimitedCoventry City CouncilENER-G Switch 2 LimitedEnviroenergy LimitedE.ON Energy Solutions LimitedLeicester City CouncilNewcastle City CouncilNewport City Homes LimitedShetland Heat, Energy and Power LimitedSouthampton City CouncilSW Energy LimitedThameswey LimitedVeolia Environmental Services LimitedViridor 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 61 very knowledgeable Associate Members, including Local Authorities, Colleges & Universities, leading industry companies as well as several 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 plantDelivering over 700,000,000 kWh of heat each yearAcross 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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