UKDEA Media Release
UKDEA’s AGM Marks The Conclusion Of A Successful First Year
5th July 2011
The UK District Energy Association celebrated a successful first year at the association’s first Annual General Meeting, held recently at Birmingham City Council offices.
In a very lively AGM Chairman Simon Woodward took members through the numerous achievements of the past year. New members Econergy and Shetland Heat, Energy and Power Ltd were formally welcomed, and discussions were held in relation to several organisations who have expressed interest in membership.
Members were provided with an update on the association’s professional industry network which now has more than 600 members, in addition to the high traffic received by the UKDEA website. The site has become a key resource for academic establishments, research companies and industry partners across the world, demonstrating that the UKDEA is succeeding in meeting one of its key aims; the dissemination of information on district energy across the UK and wider afield.
Throughout the last year the UKDEA has responded to a number of key industry consultations/publications, including the DECC’s annual business plan, the Treasury’s consultation on proposed Carbon Price Support mechanisms, the electricity market reform proposals and the recently signed memorandum of understanding between the DECC and the LG Group. Several publications are planned which will capitalise on members’ expertise and contacts.
AGM attendees heard how the UKDEA has featured in talks at the Energy Savings Trust, the Engineering East Forum, the DECC National Seminar on CHP, the National CIBSE and at MIPIM held at the Palais des Festivals, Cannes. The UKDEA’s influence was further confirmed by an invitation to represent the UK industry at the IDEA global district energy conference in Toronto last month, following a successful visit from the Canada District Energy Association earlier this year.
Simon Woodward was re-elected for a second term as the association’s Chairman, saying, “I am delighted with what the UKDEA has achieved in the short time since its inception, and look forward to further representing the association as the voice of the UK district energy industry.”
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
Office: 01285 770615
Mobile: 07773 457941