UKDEA Media Release


UK District Energy Finally Has A Voice On The World Stage

30th June 2011

In a world first and after 102 years of the International District Energy Association (IDEA), the UK has finally found a voice on the world stage with an invite extended to the UK's newly formed UK District Energy Association (UKDEA) to make multiple presentations at the district energy world congress in Toronto in June. The UKDEA was proud to be invited to speak on behalf of District Energy owners, operators and local authority partners in the UK. This was in a year when the President of the IDEA commended the delegates to embrace the "I" in IDEA and his key note message was that "heat is the dominant factor in energy consumption and electricity is just a side show".

Of particular interest to the over 800 delegates from across the World was not just the technical expertise in the UK, but the significant level of public private partnerships in UK district energy schemes (or 3P projects as they are known in North America). Delegates repeatedly commented to the UKDEA delegation that prior to the conference they were not aware of district energy in the UK and were delighted to welcome the UKDEA to the family of international district energy associations.

The Chairman of the UKDEA not only provided one of the key note speeches to open the nearly week long conference, but also presented a focused case study on public private partnerships, as well as serving on one of the industry Q&A sessions, making the UK the most prolific contributors to the conference - all in the first year of the UKDEA.

At the conference the UK District Energy Association has forged important information sharing links with our North American and European District Association partners. District Energy Associations from around the world, including Canada, USA, German, Denmark and others were keen to collaborate and disseminate their experience to help the fledgling UKDEA guide its members from lessons learnt and experiences gained over the last 102 years of the IDEA..

With an ever increasing network of industry and Government contacts the UKDEA has now extended this information sharing concept not only to our North American partners but also to key European DE Association decision makers and are looking at ways to work together to pursue common goals within the EU.

Giving his overall impression of the Conference, the Chairman of the UK District Energy Association, Simon Woodward, said "Considering the IDEA has been operating for over 100 years and we have much we can learn from others across the World, it was clear from the conference that the UK's embryonic district energy industry and association which has only been in operation for a year, can teach much to others who have been practitioners for decades. By working together we can deliver a co-ordinated and strong message setting out the benefits of district energy schemes and promote what we as an industry are delivering in the UK"


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

Enviroenergy Limited

Shetland Heat, Energy and Power Limited

Southampton City Council

Thameswey Limited

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

Office: 01285 770615

Mobile: 07773 457941

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Website: www.ukdea.org.uk


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