UKDEA Media Release

UKDEA Bids Fond Farewell to 'District Energy Visionary'

2nd April 2012

One of the UKDEA's founding fathers and a leading light in the development of district energy in the UK, Bill Clark, is to retire from his post as Southampton City Council's Sustainability Policy Manager after more than 30 years of service. Bill has been presented with a gift and a special award of thanks at his leaving ceremony on the 28th March 2012 by the UKDEA, in recognition of his outstanding services to district energy and significant contribution to driving forward the formation of the UKDEA.

In the time Bill was at the council, he has driven forward the planning and implementation of district heating systems, setting Southampton firmly on the map as a blueprint for good practice that other areas should follow. Bill was also part of a core group of industry professionals and stakeholders who saw a need for an organisation like the UKDEA to fill the gap in promotion of district energy, and who pushed forward the development of this successful and progressive member organisation.

The Southampton story began back in the early 80s when the Department for Energy launched a research programme into alternative energy sources. Southampton took part as an area with potential for deep geothermal aquifers, the heat from which could be used to heat local buildings. Despite the DfE deciding after drilling that the resource in the city was too small for its original plans, Southampton pushed forwards with the project and secured the support of Utilicom to develop the scheme. Later, the partnership was taken over by Cofely and today supplies more than 40 businesses and organisations in the city with heating and cooling.

Amongst the current connections are a leisure centre, the large West Quay shopping centre, Asda, IKEA, Solent University, The Royal South Hants Hospital and many others. In addition to this, there are hundreds of homes in the city that benefit from the network's low cost supplies of low carbon heat.

Bill has been instrumental in leading the development of the major district energy networks in the city and has cemented Southampton's status as the leading UK city for use of CHP with district heating and cooling. Cities like Birmingham and Leicester have used Southampton as an example in designing and implementing their own schemes.

Councillor Daniel Fitzhenry, Cabinet Member for Environment at Southampton City Council, said of Bill Clark: "Southampton is a true pioneer of CHP energy and Bill has been leading the city's sustainable drive for more than 25 years. Where Bill has led, others have now followed. Not only has he led the expansion of the geothermal network in Southampton, he has also paved the way for other cities and towns to follow, contributing to substantial national sustainable energy impact."

UKDEA Chairman and CEO of Cofely, Simon Woodward, said "Bill has been there from the start, driving forward the development of the UKDEA. We are grateful to him for all he has done and for being a true district energy visionary. He will be sorely missed by the UKDEA and its members."


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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