UKDEA Media Release
UK District Energy Association Applauds Scottish District Heating Loan Fund
11th April 2011
The Scottish government announced in March a new £2.5 million District Heating Loan Fund. Aimed at registered social landlords, local authorities, SMEs and ESCOs, the fund will offer loans of up to £400,000 to support low carbon and renewable district heating in Scotland.
The programme will be delivered by the Energy Saving Trust and the competitive bid process is expected to open in May this year. Expressions of interest can be submitted now, via the web address below:
Simon Woodward, Chairman of the UKDEA said:
"Although it is exciting to see that the Scottish Government is leading the way in recognising the significant benefits that district heating can provide - from improved efficiency and reduced emissions to financial benefits for homes and businesses - the UKDEA would like to see DECC [the Department of Energy and Climate Change] respond to this ground breaking initiative and ensure that there is greater recognition of these benefits across the UK; with supporting measures put in place to genuinely incentivise wider delivery of District Energy which is one of the leading ways to drive forward the low carbon economy and significantly reduce emissions."
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 association of companies and public sector organisations involved or interested with these major schemes. Still in its infancy, the UKDEA has attracted leading players in the industry, with the UKDEA's Full members comprising of seven major organisations:
Birmingham City Council
Cofely District Energy Limited
Shetland Heat, Energy and Power Limited
Southampton City Council
Veolia Environmental Services Limited
Together these seven organisations represent the: Birmingham, Manchester, Milton Keynes, 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 and the Greenwich Millennium Village.
UKDEA Key Facts
Together the UKDEA Members represent:
- Over 100 MW of low carbon generation plant (CHP, biomass, EFW etc)
- Supported by over 500 MW of conventional back up boiler plant
- Delivering over 500,000,000 kWh of heat each year
- Across energy networks which, if combined, would extend for more than 200 km
Through Full and Associate membership, the UK District Energy Association’s aim is to represent current and potential owners, developers, consumers, partners, operators and product suppliers of District Energy schemes throughout the UK.
For more information contact:
Chris Tanner, Secretary of the UKDEA
Thames Head Wharf, Tetbury Road, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 6NZ
Tel: 01285 770615
Mobile: 07773 457941