Joining the UKDEA
The UKDEA has, over the past few years, had many notable achievements, played a number of important roles in the development of support for district energy and have been instrumental in guiding policy and practice that relates to the district energy industry in the UK. As time progresses, the interest and influence of our organisation has made it clear that an association like this was much needed in the UK. With both the founding members of the UKDEA and our newer recruits now singing from the same hymn sheet, we find we are much in demand and already regarded as the primary source of district energy information in Britain.
Amongst our key achievements are:
- Working with DECC to improve support available for district energy
- Assisting DECC with research into district heating in the UK
- Met with Greg Barker MP, Minister of State for Climate Change, to discuss district energy development
- Sitting on major working groups influencing current policy and understanding including the Government Industry Contact Group on Decentralised Energy and the Scottish Governments’ Expert Commission
- Presenting at major conferences and events
- The provision of a base of knowledge for professionals and organisations involved in the development of schemes
- Input into important national consultations including Green Deal, ECO, the European Renewable Energy Strategy and Renewable Obligations.
- Work with the Welsh government on district energy development
- International networking with other DEAs
- Organisation of visits for overseas DEAs to see examples of DE in the UK
- Frequently meeting with Local Authorities and holding question and answer sessions regarding preliminary stages of District Energy projects
Benefits for our Members
The benefits to full and associated members of the UKDEA include:
- Facilitation and improved exchange of information between members
- Sharing of information gathered at exclusive meetings with DECC and other government departments
- Joint working to address and overcome obstacles to the development of district energy schemes
- Development and sharing knowledge, understanding and good practice both with UK district energy providers and our wider international network
- Joint working to seek improvements to national and local policy mechanisms affecting the development of district energy
- Expert guidance for developing schemes from the UK’s most experienced district energy companies and individuals
- The joint development and promotion of best practice case studies
- Involvement in leading the proposed regulation of heat networks
- Significant influence on the development of future national policies and strategies affecting the district energy industry
Resources for Members
As well as the valuable networking opportunities and other benefits we facilitate for our members, UKDEA members have access to a members only area of our website where they can find resources and information on:
Types of membership
Our full members are usually organisations with a significant commercial interest or partnership role within a UK district energy scheme or schemes. Full members take an active role in the direction of the UKDEA, have voting rights and can apply to become directors of the association. The membership fee for full members is £1100 a year.
Associate membership is the perfect option for organisations involved or with an interest in district energy that do not want as much involvement as a full member. Associate members can enjoy all the benefits of a full member, but without the responsibilities of voting or directing the organisation. The fee to become an associate member is £550 a year.