UKDEA Media Release

The UK District Energy Association Applauds Scotland’s 2020 Routemap for Renewable Energy

15th September 2011

Last month DECC published their UK Renewable Energy Roadmap - a key document which outlines key actions for eight particular renewable technologies over the coming years - the Scottish Government have also published their 2020 Routemap for Renewable Energy in Scotland.

Scotland’s ambitious plans are an example to the whole UK; ambitions which are backed up by specific plans of action. The UKDEA is encouraged to see that demand reduction underpins Scotland’s plans. Much of the current low-carbon focus in the UK is around the decarbonisation of electricity supplies, but advances in low carbon electricity generation risk being counteracted by significant increases in demand from traditional electricity consumers, as well as from the transport and heat sectors.

Scotland’s Routemap specifies some ambitious targets, including aims for the equivalent of 100% of electricity demand to come from renewable technologies by 2020. The Routemap also acknowledges the importance of low carbon heat, with plans to increase this from 2.8% of heat demand to 11% by 2020.

Increased implementation of low carbon district energy schemes is considered to be a vital part of any strategy to reduce carbon emissions and increase the use of renewable heat. The Scottish Government have clearly recognised the potential for development within this field, having already set up a Scottish District Heating Loan Fund, run by the Energy Saving Trust.

The Scottish Government’s evidence based approach in setting up an expert commission into district heating is welcomed and applauded by the UKDEA. This commission will need to thoroughly scrutinise the design and efficiency of individual district energy schemes, in order to identify best-practice examples for other schemes to be based upon. Not all district energy is necessarily good-practice district energy, as UKDEA representatives discovered during the recent IDEA conference when the abundance of “total loss” steam systems in the USA became clear. The UKDEA would like to support the Scottish Government’s expert commission by providing examples of genuine good-practice district energy from across the UK. The UKDEA has therefore contacted Fergus Ewing MSP and offered its services to the expert commission

A perfect example of best-practice in Scotland can be seen in the work of Shetland Heat Energy & Power Ltd (a full member of the UKDEA) which has operated an exemplar district energy scheme in Lerwick, Shetland, since 1998. This energy-from-waste based scheme provides energy to over 1,000 connections, saving its consumers substantial amounts of money whilst also reducing the amount of waste going to landfill and significantly reducing carbon 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, non-trade 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 nine major organisations:

  • Birmingham City Council
  • Cofely District Energy Limited
  • Enviroenergy Limited
  • E.ON Energy Solutions Limited
  • Newcastle City Council
  • Shetland Heat, Energy and Power Limited
  • Southampton City Council
  • Thameswey Limited
  • Veolia Environmental Services Limited

Together, these nine organisations represent the: Birmingham, Manchester, Milton Keynes, 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.

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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