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UKDEA Media Release

UKDEA going from strength to strength as more high profile organisations join

11th January 2012

The UK District Energy Association (UKDEA) is enjoying a rapid increase in membership, as a further six high profile organisations join its membership base in the last month. Joining as Full members are leading green local authority, Leicester City Council along with district heating energy management company ENER-G Switch 2 and social housing provider Newport City Homes. Joining as Associate members, the UKDEA welcomes Scottish based FES Renewables, leading UK utility network provider the GTC and international consultancy Mace.

Marking the conclusion of a very successful 2011, these forward thinking organisations join the ranks of the other 9 Full and 4 Associate members who are already enjoying the benefits of membership of the UKDEA, bringing the total membership base to 19. As well as regular newsletters, knowledge sharing and group responses to government consultation, UKDEA members reap the benefits of being part of a heavyweight non-trade association with strong links to policymakers who are shaping the future of district energy in the UK.

As new Full members, Leicester City Council are in good company, joining other leading local authorities Birmingham City Council, Newcastle City Council and Southampton City Council. The city of Leicester has long been at the forefront of environmental policy and practice; they were the UK's first 'Environment City' and in 1996 were honoured with the title Europe's 'Sustainable City’.

Also leading the way in new energy technology, Newport City Homes own and operate district heating systems in the city of Newport, in the communities of Duffryn, Greenwood and Hillview. In total, Newport City Homes provide services to over 10,000 residents, leaseholders and shared owners in the city, a large proportion of whom are enjoying the benefits of the district heating networks they provide.

ENER-G Switch 2 Ltd is an Energy Services Company (ESCO) and Service Provider that works in partnership with public and private sectors to develop decentralised energy schemes. ENER-G Switch2 designs, finances and operates complete energy solutions for residential apartments, commercial and industrial buildings. ENER-G Switch2 currently act as the ESCO at over 2,000 properties across the country and as Service Provider for a further 50,000 properties.

For the UKDEA, securing support from leading organisations such as these is not only a major achievement, but also a good indication of the need for this type of organisation to exist. The decision to approve these six organisations’ applications for membership was made unanimously by UKDEA members. Simon Woodward, Chair of the UKDEA, said,

“It is a pleasure to welcome these high profile organisations to our round table and we are delighted that they have recognised the important role the Association has in helping new district energy schemes get off the ground. District energy is going to be a fundamental part of securing a low carbon economy for the UK so it is vital we learn from each other’s experience and help other organisations deliver excellent schemes to their communities.”

Since the UKDEA was launched in October 2009, the not-for-profit, non-trade association has developed valuable links with District Energy Associations (DEAs) internationally. In addition to this, the group has played a key role in the lobbying of Parliament around various climate change issues and is developing a number of valuable resources for its members.

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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 twelve major organisations:

  • Birmingham City Council
  • Cofely District Energy Limited
  • ENER-G Switch 2 Limited
  • Enviroenergy Limited
  • E.ON Energy Solutions Limited
  • Leicester City Council
  • Newcastle City Council
  • Newport City Homes
  • Shetland Heat, Energy and Power Limited
  • Southampton City Council
  • Thameswey Limited
  • Veolia Environmental Services Limited

Together, these twelve organisations represent the: Birmingham, Leicester, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newport, 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 125 MW of low carbon generation plant (CHP, biomass, EFW etc)
  • Supported by over 625 MW of conventional back up boiler plant
  • Delivering over 625,000,000 kWh of heat each year
  • Across energy networks which, if combined, would extend for more than 250 km

Through Full and Associate membership, the UK District Energy Association’s aim is to represent current and potential owners, developers, consumers, partners, operators, product suppliers and interested parties of District Energy schemes throughout the UK.

For more information contact:

Chris Tanner
Secretary & Administrator for 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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