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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. 

The awards ceremony is an opportunity for industry to come together to celebrate the achievements made that have enabled communities and businesses to thrive.

Announcing the Winners

We’ll announce the winners and celebrate your achievements at a glamorous awards ceremony and dinner on 24th September being held at the Hurlingham Club. This sell-out event is a night of celebration, attracting 500 guests from across the sector as well as senior members of Government. 

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

How to Enter

Entry is free and you can submit as many entries as you choose to each of the categories.

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.

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.


Closing Date

The closing date for entries is 5 pm Friday 15 May 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.


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 reviewed by external technical assessors before being assessed by our judging panel. The panel shortlists finalists in each category and chooses the winner. Every entry will be put forward to be considered for the Special Award for Contribution to Net Zero Carbon. This overall category can also be entered as a stand-alone award entry.

Short list to be announced in July and the winners at our Awards Dinner in autumn.

Book your tickets now!

Tickets for the Decentralised Energy Awards Ceremony and Dinner are now available to purchase. Tickets for both tables and individual seats are available.

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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