Choosing a commercial structure for your heat network can feel daunting. How do you evaluate the different commercial structures to make sure you get the best fit for your organisation and your network? How do you strike a balance between risk, complexity and the cost of capital?

The UK District Energy Vanguards Network hosted a free one-day workshop in London on Monday 4th February 2019 to help local authorities consider these questions and other aspects of choosing commercial structures for heat network projects.

The day was designed to be interactive and engaging, with discussions, debate and the opportunity to network with local authority peers. The goal was to learn from the collective experience in the room!

The slide pack can be downloaded from the PRESENTATIONS panel below.

Some feedback from our attendees

Fantastic day to help set out the framework of options available for local authority workers considering or tasked with investigating heat networks in their area. Useful whether you have some knowledge already, or you’re just setting out to investigate a heat network and it’s all new.  A really friendly, collaborative workshop focused on interaction rather than dictation.
Stephen Webber, Energetik / London Borough of Enfield

I attended an event in London run by the District Energy Vanguards Network to discuss commercial models for heat networks. I came away motivated and much better informed of the application of different commercial models to heat networks according to the stakeholders and their appetite for risk. This is now actively helping me develop a community energy project. The event was practical and useful. I definitely recommend attending if you are planning to develop  a heat network.
Sheryl French, Cambridgeshire County Council

This is a great opportunity to share the experiences and common lessons learnt from District Heating project teams who are willing to impart knowledge and requirements within a relaxed and informal setting. I thought the workshop was very beneficial as there were people from all parts of the DHN value chain in attendance and this meant that answers to various questions could be addressed by people directly involved with every aspect of developing and delivering a DHN.
Mark Andrew, Amber Infrastructure / Mayor of London’s Energy Efficiency Fund

The event has been made possible by our lead sponsor SSE and our further sponsors Logstor, SWEP and Switch2.

District Energy Vanguards Network: Heat Networks The Road to Commercialisation LONDON

Heat and the City Response to Scottish Government’s “Local Energy Policy Statement: A Consultation”

Faye Wade, Margaret Tingey, Fabian Fuentes Gonzalez and Janette Webb ( 2019 )

Consultation response

DEVN: Heat Networks Planning for a Zero Carbon World HNIP & SPONSORS Slide Pack

Nick Good, Heat Networks Investment Project; Peter Russett, FVB District Energy UK; Andy Yuill, Natural Power; Ian Allan, Switch2 ( 2019 )


DEVN: Heat Networks Planning for a Zero Carbon World AFTERNOON Slide Pack

Rachel Coxcoon, CSE; Jon Selman, Plymouth City Council; Tony Norton, Howard Smith & Andy Wood, Exeter and East Devon; Andy Yuill, Natural Power; Josh Thumim, CSE ( 2019 )


DEVN: Heat Networks Planning for a Zero Carbon World MORNING Slide Pack

Paul Barker, Bristol City Council; Richard Lowes, Exeter University; Rufus Ford, Vattenfall; Jon Buick, Bristol City Council ( 2019 )


Heat and the City response to Energy Efficient Scotland March 2019 Consultation

Faye Wade, Janette Webb, Margaret Tingey and Henry Myers ( 2019 )

Consultation response

DEVN: Heat Networks The Road to Commercialisation MANCHESTER Slide Pack

( 2019 )


Meeting the strategic challenges of UK district heating: research briefing and practitioner resources

Ruth Bush, David Hawkey and Janette Webb ( 2019 )


DEVN: Heat Networks The Road to Commercialisation LONDON Slide Pack

( 2019 )


Working Paper: The problem of heat and its solution – dynamics of sustainable heat policy visions in the UK, Denmark and Germany

David Hawkey ( 2018 )

Working paper

DEVN: Heat Networks The Road to Commercialisation LONDON Slide Pack

( 2019 )


District Energy Vanguards Network: Developing Your Business Case January 2018

District Energy Vanguards Network: Financial Plans, Building a Heat Tariff and Heat Metering July 2015

District Energy Vanguards Network: Financing District Heating Initiatives May 2012

District Energy Vanguards Network: Heat Networks Investment Programme and District Energy Procurement Agency April 2016

District Energy Vanguards Network: Leadership and Organisation for District Energy September 2011

District Energy Vanguards Network: Next Steps in Financing District Energy November 2013

District Energy Vanguards Network: What Works for District Energy Business Models in Britain? December 2014