Kings Cross London CHP unit

The UK’s Combined Heat and Power Association (CHPA) is to be renamed the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE), a move it says cements its role as the key advocate for the UK’s decentralised energy transition across the industrial, public, commercial and domestic sectors.

ADE will be formally launched on 20 January, with the Association remaining the leading advocate for combined heat and power; district heating and cooling and demand-side energy services.

The Association’s director Dr Tim Rotheray said: “The way we generate and use our energy is in the midst of a significant transition, away from a centralised system and towards a decentralised one that puts control in the hands of users. Our members have a long history of using and providing the solutions that make that transition possible.

“From industry to local authorities, energy users are increasingly seeking local solutions to meet their energy needs. This change of name reflects our long-term vision to create a less costly, more secure and lower carbon energy system, dictated by users’ needs, not energy producers.
Kings Cross Clean Energy Centre opened in 2014, a sign of progress for the UK decentralised energy sector
“Combined heat and power, district heating and cooling, and demand-side energy services are vital components of an integrated, decentralised energy system. The Association’s members are already delivering the technologies for a more local and less wasteful energy economy.”

The Association’s members voted unanimously for the change at an Extraordinary General Meeting last week.

ADE chairman Ian Calvert said: “Our Association has a long history of championing the role of energy users, and how we can give them more control over their energy costs and carbon emissions. Our members include both the users and providers of energy services, giving the Association for Decentralised Energy a unique perspective on how to best ensure our energy system works for industrial, commercial, public sector and household consumers.

“Our new name ensures that we reflect the significant role which the Association and our members have in the growth in the decentralised energy sector.”

The Association for Decentralised Energy will be launched at a parliamentary reception to be addressed by the UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey.