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Decentralised Energy Awards

The Decentralised Energy Awards are the leading and most prestigious Awards for those involved in decentralised energy, recognising and celebrating the people and projects which have developed innovative decentralised energy solutions designed around the needs of the user. 

2020 has presented us with many challenges but has also highlighted the importance of our industry in providing people with security, comfort, flexibility and a template for a clean energy future.

The Awards

2020 sees a change in the award categories, to better reflect the Association and to enable us to celebrate a wider range of projects and innovations. Whereas the award categories previously focused on end-users – industrial, commercial, communities and domestic, with a separate innovation award – we’re instead focusing on the four key ADE sectors – heat, power, flexibility and efficiency. This will allow us to recognise proven and aspirational projects from across the sector. The award categories are:

  • Heat Award - Operational
  • Heat Award - Innovation
  • Power Award - Operational
  • Power Award - Innovation
  • Flexibility Award - Operational 
  • Flexibility Award - Innovation
  • Efficiency Award - Operational 
  • Efficiency Award - Innovation
  • Integrated Energy Award - Operational 
  • Integrated Energy Award - Innovation

We’re also introducing two brand new awards: a Special Award for Contribution to Net Zero which all award entries will automatically be considered for, and Recognising Resilience – added in May 2020 – to recognise how organisations have responded to the coronavirus crisis - supporting customers, supporting staff, innovating and showing resilience.  There are also two awards to recognise personal achievement: Industry Champion and Industry Rising Star.

  • Special Award for Contribution to Net Zero Carbon
  • Recognising Resilience
  • Industry Champion
  • Industry Rising Star

How to Enter

We’re looking for good news stories to help celebrate and promote our industry’s achievements. We want to hear how your project made a difference, about the journey you took people on and the impact you’ve made. The entry forms are short and have been designed to help you tell your story. The entries must be technically robust, but we’re looking for a human angle too.

Entry is free and you can submit as many entries as you choose to each of the categories, although each project can only be entered once. We strongly recommend you read the Award Guidance and Rules before you start your application.  For the Operational and Innovation projects, a data entry form must also be completed.

In light of the coronavirus crisis, the closing date for entries has been extended to 5 pm on Friday 19 June 2020. 

Entries must be submitted to Rachael Mills at Any queries about the application process should also be directed to Rachael by email, or by calling 07747 801812.

Guidance and entry forms are available to download at the bottom of this page. Please read the rules and guidance documents before starting your nomination, then complete the relevant application form(s). 


Who Enters

Year on year, the number and standard of entries to the Awards increases, reflecting the sustained and continuing efforts of the sector to transform the energy system.  

We welcome entries from all those involved in decentralised energy – manufacturers, suppliers, ESCOs, utilities, consultants and more. You do not have to be a member of the ADE to enter. 

All categories are open to all technologies covered by the ADE, including CHP, heat networks, energy efficiency, demand response, and integrated energy.


Announcing the Winners

Judging the Decentralised Energy Awards is no easy task. Our judging panel reads through a greater volume of material every year, comparing projects of all shapes and sizes and making some very tough decisions.

All entries in the Heat, Power, Flexibility, Energy Efficiency and Integrated Energy categories are also reviewed by external technical assessors.

We will be announcing the shortlisted entries as part of a digital showcase in September, bringing your good work to online audiences across the globe. We will also announce the Recognising Resilience winners in September.

The rest of the Awards winners will be announced at the ADE’s Annual Awards Dinner, which will take place in April 2021.  Further details and information on how to book will be published in due course.


Last Year's Winners

Find out about our 2019 Award winners here. 


Entry Information

 Please read the rules and guidance documents before starting your nomination, then complete the relevant application form(s). 

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