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Member Involvement

The ADE is primarily driven by its members, over 100 organisations with an interest in the development, delivery and use of CHP, district heating and demand side energy services in the UK. Members can participate in a number of ways, including attendance at forums held 2-3 times a year or involvement in specific working groups. The ADE encourages its members to play an active and vocal role in these discussions to ensure that their interests are best represented. 

Members can access forum and working group specific documents by logging into the members’ only area here or to learn more about becoming a member, visit our membership page

Current forums: 

Strategy Forum
The forum is open to those members of the Association in Full, and Supporting membership categories. The purpose of the strategy forum is to provide a focus for discussion of those generic conditions having a strategic impact upon the combined heat and power (CHP) sector.

Industrial Forum
This forum provides a platform for the discussion and informing of the regulatory issues impacting on the industrial and utility scale CHP sector, for example Electricity Market Reforms including the Capacity Mechanism. The group also addresses policy around the use of renewable and carbon neutral CHP.

Buildings and MicroCHP Forum
This forum focuses on the application and growth of CHP in the built environment, considering issues such as securing effective incentivisation and leverage of CHP within the Green Deal and the new Energy Company obligation.The forum also provides a continuing focus for the growing microCHP sector, acting as a bridge between the CHP and microgeneration industry and policy environments.

Demand Side Forum
This forum brings together leading UK industry associations and professional energy management companies providing outsourced energy management services to the public, commercial and industrial sectors. The Forum's primary focus is to communicate a greater understanding of the value and capabilities of the energy management sector in order to maximise its contribution to the economic, social and environmental goals for the UK economy.

Demand Response Forum
The purpose of this forum is to provide a focus for discussion of those conditions affecting specifically the development and operation of demand side response (DSR), to develop Association policy positions, initiatives and communications to support this industry segment.

Current working groups: 

District Heating and Cooling Group
District heating is the most logical large scale technology to decarbonise heat in buildings in UK cities. The core activities of the group are:

  • To increase the awareness and value of district heating and cooling with government, policymakers and stakeholders.
  • To work with members to identify and overcome the barriers to the expansion and application of district heating and cooling technology in the UK.

CHP Policy Working GroupThis working group focuses on the development of policies to support the operation of current plant and installation of new CHP.

The ADE runs various events throughout the year including market development and policy seminars and sector specific events; all events can be found on our events calendar. We also run an annual Heat conference; this year it will be held in November and further details can be found here.