UKDEA Media Release
UK District Energy Association Welcomes Which? Report
5th May 2015
The ukDEA welcomes the publishing by Which? of its report “Turning up the Heat”.
Speaking about the Which? report ukDEA Chairman Simon Woodward said;
“We welcome debate on the issues raised by Which?. The industry has been working hard over the last year to introduce regulation and also codes of practice as requested by the Government. Those companies who want to demonstrate their commitment to good practice will voluntarily sign up to these systems, but it is time that the government got involved directly in such important issues without expecting just a few committed companies in the industry to resolve them. Especially with the very large number of different organisations who have widely varying levels of technical expertise involved with delivering and operating these schemes across the UK”
Simon also commented that;
“It is good that the Which? report identifies that the government should step in and regulate and make good practice mandatory, because then we can have a real discussion with the next government about how this can be realised, whilst delivering their own stated target of 14% of all heat being delivered from low carbon heating networks, when we have a complete lack of dedicated fiscal and regulatory support for heat networks in the UK which makes this impossible to achieve”.
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.
The ukDEA has attracted leading players in the industry, with the ukDEA’s Full members comprising of 17 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
- Manchester 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 17 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 and others
The ukDEA also has 80 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 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:
UK District Energy Association
Thames Head Wharf
Office: 01285 770615 Mobile: 07773 457941