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ADE Director to step down

17 September 2019

The Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) announced today at its AGM that its Director of the past six years, Dr Tim Rotheray, is to step down. Tim will be taking up a new role which will be announced shortly. The ADE Board is currently completing the process to appoint his successor, who they look forward to announcing in due course. 

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Tim Rotheray said:

Working at the ADE has been a truly wonderful experience. We have seen the sector grow from the fringes to centre stage. Key issues like decarbonising heating, and power flexibility through demand response combined with onsite generation have come into their own. These are now understood as key solutions to ensure we have a cost-effective, low-carbon future.

“I am fortunate to have worked with wonderful members, who have developed incredible projects, cutting cost and carbon from industry through to households. The inspiring team at the ADE will continue to ensure that our members’ work to move energy customers from the edges to the centre of the energy system will continue.

Commenting on the news outgoing ADE Chair, Dan McGrail, CEO of Siemens Engines added:

It has been an enormous privilege to work with Tim over the last five years, the last three of those as Chair. Tim has brought enormous energy and vision to the role of Director, helping to raise the profile and the standing of the Association, and the Industry in general. Having overseen the change in name, mergers with the UKDRA and ACE, and a subsequent growth in membership from 89 members in 2013 to 157 today, Tim leaves the Association in great health, well regarded within government, and with a talented and committed team fit to face an exciting future.

The ADE incoming Chair, Lucy Padfield, Director at Ramboll added:

The decentralised energy sector will play a critical role meeting the ambitious and inspiring target of a net zero emissions economy by 2050. Net Zero can only be achieved with governments, regulators and industry working together to ensure that all energy users are beneficiaries of the low-carbon future. As technology allows energy users to generate, store and manage their energy, the ADE has a pivotal task in representing how the decentralised energy sector can make a better, less wasteful energy system which allows all energy users to be part of that transition.




Notes to editors:

About Tim Rotheray

Tim started at the ADE (then CHPA) in 2010 as a policy manager. He was appointed its Director in August 2013. In 2015, the CHPA (Combined Heat and Power Association) renamed to the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) and merged with the Demand Response Association. In 2017, the ADE and the Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE) announced their intention to merge. This merger was finalised in early 2019. The ADE has grown to over 150 members.

Under its renaming, the ADE focus moved to a solutions rather than technology approach. By focussing on people and place, the ADE looks to ensure that energy customers can participate in the transition to a low-carbon economy through efficiency, onsite generation, flexibility and storage. The ADE works across heat and electricity systems.  

The ADE members bring a suite of technologies to energy customers to enable them to participate in, and benefit from, the move to a zero emissions economy.

Combined heat and power (CHP) 

CHP generates electricity whilst also capturing usable heat that is produced in this process.  This contrasts with conventional ways of generating electricity where vast amounts of heat is simply wasted. 

Demand response 

Demand response is where energy users change their electricity consumption patterns in response to a signal or incentive from the electricity network operator.  Tapping into this flexibility ensures that power supply and demand are matched, that the grid is not overloaded and that supplies are at the correct voltage and frequency across the network. 

Energy efficiency 

Energy efficiency improvements can be delivered by a wide range of technologies, including building fabric improvements, better controlled heating systems and industrial processes, and more efficient lighting and appliances.  These improvements reduce demand for energy and can also provide energy users with benefits such as higher comfort levels or better control of processes. 

Heat networks 

Heat networks deliver cost effective, low carbon heat, in the form of hot water, from the point of generation (usually an energy centre) to the end user through a network of insulated pipes.  Networks vary in size and length, from carrying heat just a few hundred metres between homes, to several kilometres supplying entire communities and industrial areas. 

About the ADE

The Association for Decentralised Energy is setting the vision of a local, efficient, low carbon energy system which enables energy users to make the choices which work for them. We are the leading trade association for decentralised energy, representing more than 150 interested parties from across the industrial, commercial and public sectors. 

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