UKDEA Media Release

UKDEA provides district energy expertise at DECC expo

14th March 2012

The UK District Energy Association participated in an active display at the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) Expo last month, having been asked to attend as experts in their industry to help field questions about district energy.

Billed as a “hands on exhibition showcasing on how DECC is delivering on it’s mission to Power the Country and Protect the Planet”, the event showcased a multitude of stands, from organisations such as the National Grid, the Met Office, Which? and Consumer Focus. The UKDEA were invited to be part of DECC’s heat stand, and as the only organisation to attend from their field had a predictably busy day, answering questions from a multitude of attendees on district energy.

The first half of the event was dedicated to DECC staff, before opening up to industry attendees in the afternoon. There was no shortage of interest in the UKDEA display and a great many people came over to look at the stand and find out more. Discussions ranged from brief introductions to district energy for those with a passing interest, to fairly detailed examination of barriers with a DECC economist, and questions about consumer perceptions with social researchers.

Over 1000 people are reported to have attended the event over the course of the day, including MP’s, representatives from other government departments and industry professionals. Amongst the attendees keen to talk to the UKDEA were the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association and various individuals from DECC departments who are hoping to engage further with the UKDEA, to inform policies and practice in the future.

Following the event, the UKDEA have received outstanding praise from DECC, who wrote to the chairman thanking him for making the event such a great success. Paul Dee, Head of Corporate Communication at DECC, said,

“We have had some terrific early feedback – stakeholders and staff thoroughly enjoyed it and were amazed at the fantastic exhibitions that were on display. Your involvement added an extra dimension, bringing the real world into the room. It really would not have been the same without you. I was delighted to be able to show the breadth of DECC’s work with partners such as yourselves.”

The UKDEA have already been contacted by a number of DECC staff following the event in relation to feeding into policies or helping with ongoing research. The UKDEA are looking forward to working with these DECC departments and individuals in the future.

Since the UKDEA was launched in October 2009, the not-for-profit, non-trade association has seen a great uptake of membership, with the City and County of Swansea being the latest organisation to join as an associate member. In addition to this, the group has been involved in direct consultation with MP’s and policy makers around district energy issues and has an ongoing remit to lobby for greater support for district energy schemes.



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 Limited
  • 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 160 miles

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,

Office: 01285 770615
Mobile: 07773 457941

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Website: www.ukdea.org.uk


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