UKDEA Media Release

UK District Energy Association Launches into 2013 with Massive Membership Boost

1st February 2013

The UK District Energy Association (UKDEA) is demonstrating the importance of their Association and district energy in general through the massive uptake in membership the Association has enjoyed during 2012.

On 1st January 2012 the UKDEA had 17 members, of which 10 were Full Members and 7 were Associate. Throughout the course of 2012, the Association saw on average 2 members per month joining the association, and finished 2012 with a grand total of 40 members.

December saw an unprecedented uptake of memberships, with 5 new members joining in total. Of these, four joined as Associate Members and one as a Full Member.

The organisations who joined in December were:

  • Aecom Ltd
  • Clarke Energy
  • The Institute of Energy at Cardiff University
  • Newman Insulation
  • SW Energy, who joined as Full Member

This huge boost in membership over 2012 equates to a 135% increase since this time last year. In December alone the Association grew by 10%, further demonstrating the importance and need for such an active and influential organisation in the modern energy industry.

UKDEA Chairman, Simon Woodward, commented that,

“The UKDEA fills a much needed gap in the industry for an organisation that brings together all the knowledge, expertise and experience in the UK’s district energy sector. Over the course of the past 12 months we have proven our abilities to influence, assist and support, whether we are dealing with a community group asking questions about design, or talking to the Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change about future policy and strategy.

“The uptake in membership has accelerated as 2012 has progressed, as more and more people realise the value and importance of this Association. We have no doubt that 2013 will bring us equal success, and we look forward to welcoming more new members to the association as the year progresses.”

The UKDEA’s R&D and Policy Specialist, Peter Hamnett, recently speculated on the future for district energy in an article for the Information Daily. He commented,

“The UK spent £33 billion in 2012 on heat across the economy. If we increase the level of heat supplied from low-carbon heat networks, from its current 2%, we can effectively abate significant costs & emissions, even helping to reduce the levels of fuel poverty. Increasing this capacity nearer to its potential will necessitate certainty from central Government, backed up by meaningful support mechanisms. We now need the Government to come up with the goods.”

With the New Year now under way, the interest in the UKDEA does not seem to be slowing. Since the start of 2013 Edina UK Ltd and Smart Meters (UK) Limited have also joined the Association, bringing the total membership base to a healthy 42.

The UKDEA is looking forward positively to the rest of 2013, and hopes that this is a year that will bring reassurance and meaningful support to the district energy sector. They hope that the year will pave the way for the introduction of genuine incentive measures underpinned by the dedicated Renewable Heat Team in DECC.

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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 twelve major organisations:

  • Birmingham City Council
  • Cofely District Energy Limited
  • 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
  • Thameswey Limited
  • Veolia Environmental Services Limited

Together, these twelve organisations represent the: Birmingham, Leicester, 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, Bloomsbury Heat & Power, Whitehall, Hatfield, Dalston Square, Greenwich Millennium Village, Barbican Arts Centre, Guildhall, Bastion House and London Central Markets.

The UKDEA also has 25 Associate Members, including international members, sharing and contributing information to our district energy knowledge base.

The UKDEA welcomes new members. Be part of our district energy information sharing loop and apply for membership of this forward thinking Association today.

UKDEA Key Facts:

Together the UKDEA members represent:

  • Over 145 MW of low carbon generation plant (CHP, biomass, EFW etc)
  • Supported by over 675 MW of conventional back up boiler plant
  • Delivering over 685,000,000 kWh of heat each year
  • Across energy networks which, if combined, would extend for more than 185 miles

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.

For more information or membership details contact:

Chris Tanner
Secretary & Administrator for the UKDEA

Thames Head Wharf,
Tetbury Road,

Office: 01285 770615 Mobile: 07773 457941

Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Website: www.ukdea.org.uk