Combined Heat & Power, District Heating & Cooling, Demand Side Services

Celebrating 50 years of decentralised energy

Find out more about the Association's 50 year long history and join us in our celebrations throughout the year. 

2017 marks 50 years since Alfred Ernest Haseler founded the District Heating Association with the aim of furthering district heating both in principle and practice.

It was the Association’s vision to ensure that the many new towns being built at that time were not heated using “outdated or wasteful methods”. In 1985 it became the Combined Heat and Power Association and in 2015 it was renamed to the Association for Decentralised Energy. 

Some 50 years later, while technology, the social and political landscape and most of the Association’s members have changed, many of the Association’s core aims and objectives remain the same. The challenge of tackling fuel poverty and poor health caused by inadequate domestic heating is still with us. Energy prices are increasing and our future is one where fossil fuel supplies will be costly and scarce.

The work of the ADE is more relevant than ever in helping people to understand the many benefits of an integrated approach to delivering energy. We strive for a more cost effective, efficient and user orientated energy system. We want users – from large industrial manufacturers to householders – to benefit from a more efficient, decentralised energy system, through technologies such as district heating, combined heat and power and demand side energy services.

There is great potential to be unlocked, and the ADE will continue that role, to be the foremost advocate for user-led energy and our members who make that change possible.

50th Anniversary Dinner and Awards | Science Museum, 19th October 2017

The Association for Decentralised Energy's 50th Anniversary Awards were held at the Science Museum on 19th October 2017. The annual Awards showcased innovation, best practice and achievements across combined heat and power, district heating and demand side energy services, and provided an opportunity for organisations and professionals from across the growing sector to celebrate success and collective attainment.

Drinks and canapes, sponsored by Edina, started at 6.30 in the Energy Hall. The Museum’s 1903 steam engine was be in operation creating a unique focal point. Guests had the opportunity to mingle among the fascinating exhibition displays and network with colleagues old and new.


The dazzling Awards ceremony took place in the Museum’s stunning IMAX theatre. In the ADE’s 50th year – and the 10th year of the Awards – we took the opportunity to celebrate a decade of innovation and inspiration, of delivery and determination. The Awards have been kindly sponsored by Centrica Business Solutions. There are eight award categories:

  • Industrial Project of the Decade | Sponsored by Ricardo
  • Commercial Project of the Decade
  • Public Sector Project of the Decade
  • Home and Communities Project of the Decade | Sponsored by Pinnacle Power
  • Integrated Energy Project of the Decade | Sponsored by Clarke Energy
  • Innovation Project of the Decade | Sponsored by Vital Energi
  • Customer Engagement Project of the Decade | Sponsored by Heat Trust
  • Visionary Project Award | Sponsored by SAV Systems

The Dinner is sponsored by Centrica Company Business Solutions, and will be held in the Museum’s Flight exhibition, underneath world famous planes including Amy Johnson’s Gipsy Moth in which she became the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia. The Dinner will consist of a gourmet three course meal accompanied by wine, with coffee to finish.

Past events : ADE Parliamentary Winter Reception | 50th anniversary launch 

Iain Wright MP, Chair of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee joined over 150 ADE members, VIPs and staff in the House of Commons on the 25th January to launch the Association's 50th anniversary celebrations.

Addressing the audience Iain Wright MP,  said that he sees the future of the energy system as user-led and decentralised and that ADE members are leading the British energy revolution.

Iain Wright MP was invited to cut the cake with ADE Director Dr Tim Rotheray.

A 130 page book was also presented to members and VIPs at the reception. The book provides a short history of the Association and then features photos and successes from Association members.


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