UKDEA Media Release

UK District Energy Association urges caution with lane rental properties

10th November 2011

The UKDEA responded recently to the Department for Transport’s Lane Rental consultation, urging that the unique challenges of installing district energy schemes should be given due consideration within the proposals.

The idea behind the Lane Rental scheme is to charge a daily fee for undertaking works on busy highways at peak times. Whilst not a new idea, the Government is looking again at the possibilities of such an approach, with a view to developing two pilot schemes before considering the potential for wider roll-out.

Whilst the aim of reducing disruption caused by works in the highway is laudable, the UKDEA has sounded a cautionary note that not all highways works are equally complex. For example, the time required to install telecoms networks is typically significantly less than the time required to install district energy pipework, which can often require relatively large sections of the highway to be open at any one time. Therefore, a flat rate, daily charge for highways works, regardless of the type of works being undertaken or their benefits to the local area, would have a disproportionately negative effect on the viability of installing low carbon energy networks.

The UKDEA has made the benefits of low-carbon district energy clear to the DfT. Importantly, our submission included examples of the cost savings and carbon emissions savings enabled by some of our members’ schemes, so that the DfT is able to base its decisions on a genuine evidence base. For example:

  • The Birmingham district energy schemes save in excess of 10,000 tonnes CO2 emissions per annum,
  • The Sheffield district energy network enables emissions savings of over 20,000 tonnes CO2 per annum,
  • Each consumer connected to low-carbon district energy is responsible for far lower carbon emissions than they would typically be able to achieve with individual action,
  • The Nottingham district energy scheme is proven to reduce Nottingham’s levels of fuel poverty,
  • The Southampton district energy scheme saves local residents and businesses over £500k each year,
  • The Shetland online slot maschinen district energy scheme saves its consumers over £300k per annum.

All of the above must be considered in the already challenging environment for district energy, where capital costs are high and Government support seemingly non-existent. The UKDEA will continue beat online casino to lobby DECC to ensure that the huge opportunities for district energy to contribute to the UK’s casino en ligne bonus sans depot energy security, reduce energy costs and meet emissions targets, are not neglected.


Notes to Editors:

The partners, owners and operators of the largest district energy schemes in the UK have aligned online casino no deposit bonus themselves in the creation of the UK District Energy Association (UKDEA); with the aim of not only crown casino online pokies promoting district energy as ???????????? ????????? ???????? a slots online 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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